We can imagine the face of the school career officer as you let them into your little secret, “I am going to be a professional online poker player.” If indeed this was a conversation that you had, or one that you are likely to have, then you need to ensure that you have a few things going for you.
For one, you need somewhere to play and in the current climate there is nowhere better than in Europe, something fans of Texas Holdem know. Not only is poker legalised and regulated in Europe but also a lot of the countries allow players to keep their winnings free of taxation. Compare this to the United States, where you cannot even fire up a game, and when you did Uncle Sam kept a decent wedge of the profits and you can see the benefits of living in the land of the Euro.
Europe also offers you the widest variety of online poker sites, and signing up and creating accounts is as easy as losing your first deposit at the cash tables!
One person certainly taking advice of the variety of games on offer in Europe is Christopher Brammer aka NigDawg. The flame haired youngster from Winchester in the United Kingdom is currently ranked number one in the world according to the boffins over at PocketFives. Brammer has $1,710,846.62 in online tournament earnings spread over six sites and his recent scores include a 2nd place in the Pokerstars.fr FCOOP event for $236,523.91 in Nov 2011.
So if you fancy your chances in the online game there is no better place to be than Europe.