re: Poker & Finding time to study/read
Quit your job, dump the girlfriend. Then you will ample time to study/read. Also you can pick up new hobbies. Such as looking for food in trash cans, sitting in a book store reading said books for free, and tring to stay warm by hugging up with homeless bob every night.
There is a reason some of the best poker players now, and "then" were so good so young. 16-21 year old's have very little responsibilities, and demand for there time. So .... it is what it is.