As one of poker’s more prolific bloggers, the life and insights of Shane 'shaniac’ Schleger have been available to anyone who bothered to look. In fact, his written candor about the life of a poker player mixed with his on-the-felt acumen led him on a path from well-known live grinder to signing a contract to joining the Team PokerStars Online crew. This week, as 2013 comes to an end, so does Schleger’s time as a sponsored brand ambassador and hopefully with that, finally, a little peace.
In a final post for the PokerStars Blog, Shane summarizes his volatile tenure, both on and off the virtual felt, as a Team PokerStars Online pro. He details his struggle balancing his responsibilities as a poker professional and sponsored player in a post-Black Friday landscape with trying to maintain his pre-Black Friday identity.
Over the next couple years, I learned that unplanned obstacles – those that initially register on the psyche somewhere between annoying and devastating – can be surprisingly instructive and rewarding. Somewhere in the midst of relocating to Canada, then Mexico, ultimately spending the better part of two years outside of my comfortable confines in the USA, I enjoyed doses of clarity within the chaos.
For all the grinders who ever had a dream of turning pro and getting sponsored, this should be considered required reading.
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