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I suppose I should introduce myself here. Name is Anthony, married since 2005 with no children (and no plans for them, a cat is enough!)
Currently reside in Massachusetts, but want to move to North Carolina in a year or two.
In December of 2005 I became semi-pro with poker, focusing on cash games and testing my results to see if I could make the switch.
My bread and butter at this time was Party Poker with rakeback, and I mostly played Omaha hi/lo full-ring limit poker tables.
By September 2006 I had quit my job working for "the man" because it was costing me money whenever I punched in (i.e. I made more playing poker)
Of course, 2 months later the UIGEA was enacted and Party Poker was yanked out from under me!
I had to adjust, and focused mostly on Full Tilt and Pokerstars for my online gambling, and also played live at Foxwoods Casino in CT.
Today I consider myself back to semi-pro status, because I'm so heavily involved in this business. I've been working on this PokerNations concept since 2008. I had thought my idea was original, but discovered MANY other people had tried to build a social network aimed at poker players.
The problem was, none of them had really succeeded. Sure, there were some with decent sized memberships, but the quality of the content on those networks was pretty thin.
The members just weren't engaged to actively involve themselves with blogs, forum posts and so forth. And most of the content that was there was of lower quality, because the vast majority of members on these other networks were people hunting to play freerolls.
So I analyzed what other companies were doing right and wrong, and built my own business plan for this project. I started approaching people in the industry, picked up investors and partners and here we are.
I'm confident that within 4-5 years PokerNations will be one of the most heavily trafficked and prominent gambling-focused websites in the world. So I'm glad to have so many awesome fans of the game as a part of this community, and I look forward to building something truly great with all of you!