Can Playing Poker Live literally be hazardous to your health?
Unfortunately the answer is a resounding Yes.
In mid December of last year I moved my family from NJ to NV. I grew up around here and have wanted to come home for a long time. We set up for the time being in a 3 BR 3 Bath Condo until the housing market shows signs of a bottom.
So in general, I have no complaints. My family are all healthy and strong and what else really matters.
I have my twins in a good early learning program and my eldest is in elementary school.
So I have been playing poker live pretty much full time since January.
During the week I play 3/6 Limit and only buy in for $40. On most days with a diligent game I make from $200-$400/day.
I allow myself only rebuy for another $40. If the cards aren't falling that day, I concede to the poker gods.
On Fridays or Saturdays I play either one of the local MTT for $120 BI or more often I'll play 1/2 NL and buy in for $200. Here too I wold allow myself only one additional BI, though I haven't had to yet. ( The average w/e player cant compete with the weekday regulars where I play)
So all in all, I have been doing very well at producing a moderate income on a regular basis playing poker.
But my fun came to a screeching halt a few months back.
One evening I had a pain on the outside of my lowest left rib and could have sworn I bruised a rib somehow.
Thanks to a diligent spouse I was dragged to the ER kicking and moaning all the way only to find out after a battery of tests I have multiple blood clots in both lungs.
Now this blew me away b/c I am a bit overweight but in general Im as healthy as a horse. Ive always had regular check up and have never had any ailments. BP always good, blood tests always good, etc.
So for the past couple of months they have ben testing everything to see where the F these came from. And I mean they have tested every fricking thing. Barium,,,,, yum.
My General Practictioner, my Hemotoligist and my new Coumiden Clinic MD insist that I must have gone on a long plane ride or cross country drive which can allow, (even in healthy men), clots to form in some valve in your pelvis when seated for extended periods of time.
So tongue in cheek I asked if playing poker for long durations could do the same thing, already damn well knowing the answer. And low and behold, Yes it certainly can.
So Im now on blood thinners for another month or so until my lungs build new pathways to get the blood to my lungs as needed. You would think the clots would dissolve, but your body just absorbs them and grows new capillaries.
The Moral to be learned here is GET UP and WALK AROUND every hour or so to keep the blood flowing while playing poker.
PS. This is what I was dealing with playing for Marlo's Mavricks, and I still feel guilty about my results Princess.
Good Luck and Be well