Average Joe 1 ( AJ1 ) and his identical twin brother Average Joe 2 ( AJ2 ) were good little boys when growing up.
They always listened to their parents who taught them well about right from wrong and always obeying the laws of the land etc.
When the AJ brothers turned 21 they were both offered very good jobs with the same company.
But there was one big difference, AJ1 would work in his home state in America, and AJ2 would work in Europe.
By the time the twins were 25 years old, and even though they were in different continents, they both found poker. ( its funny how identical twins seem to do things the same regardless of distance etc )
This happened in 2004, and during one of their many regular telephone calls to each other, they had a good laugh about being so alike, and then started swapping notes about what they had learned about poker so far.
It turned out that they were at a very similar stage to each other in what they had learned so far ( this was no surprise to the twins ) and that they had been winning roughly the same amounts and were playing at the same kind of buy in levels.
Some months later, AJ1 was involved in a car accident which resulted in him being dependant on a wheelchair for mobility.
Around the same time, online gambling became a no no in his home state and left him with somewhat of a predicament.
The thing was, the AJ twins were raised by their parents to always do the right thing, that being the case, there was no way that AJ1 could bring himself to play online poker anymore.
That was ok though, even taking into account his mobility issues, there was a very reputable casino some miles away that he could just about manage to travel to whenever the urge took him, so thats what he did.
Meanwhile over in Europe, AJ2 had become somewhat fed up with the online poker grind and found himself much more drawn to the live game at his local casino. ( its funny how it goes isn't it )
So while circumstances had now changed, the twins still seemed to be following the same path in their poker lives.
For months after this the twins still spoke often to each other about poker, only now they were swapping strategies about the live game instead of the online one.
They were amazed at how alike their game play was in all departments and the reads they had now learned playing against live players.
There was one huge difference though, AJ1 was a losing poker player while AJ2 was consistently winning.
They were both doing the same things when it came to striving to become better players, the focus, the dedication, the will to improve, the hunger to keep learning, etc etc.
This went on for the next 20 years with AJ1 at best breaking even, while AJ2 continued to be a substantial winning poker player.
The thing was, while the twins were equal in their knowledge of poker and approached the game in the same way, AJ1 always found himself up against more sophisticated and more skillful players than himself, while AJ2 didn't.
Because of their upbringing and AJ1's car accident, he was left with less options as to where he could play poker.
AJ2 on the other hand, found the soft games to ply his trade because he had no mobility restrictions to contend with.
Their parents never did like gambling, in fact they made a point of airing their views about their dislike to all things to do with gambling.
AJ2 goes back home to America from Europe to visit his parents whenever he gets vacation time from his job, and his parents love those visits from their wonderful son.
They don't see AJ1 anymore, they disowned him, because he is a GAMBLER.