The first time I played poker was when I was 13; my friends and I had $5 poker nights every other weekend during the summer. I loved it. The game was simple and I knew it was for me. Cards, money, strategy — everything about it, I liked. I played in a real poker room for the first time when I was 17. I bought in for $40. All one can hear in those rooms are hundreds of people shuffling their chips at once. I was in a gambler’s paradise. I was playing for a lot more money by 19. I made the final table for a tournament called the College Poker Tour (one that no longer exists) and was invited to play at a live event at 20.