Sometimes it seems like everyone is out to get you, especially when you were out to get them first. But just because you are universally hated doesn’t mean there’s not a place in the poker world for you. Here’s Part 3 of How To Resurrect Your Dead Poker Career.
Problem: You Ran A Scam.
Solution: Become Enlightened.
Haseeb Qureshi, aka DogIsHead, is the alleged mastermind of the massive “Girah”/Lock Poker chip dumping scandal was nearly (and almost literally) run out of the online poker world due to it. It was such a big deal at the time, SrslySirius scored a poker pop culture hit by mocking Qureshi and it and “DogIsHead” was quickly dropped from the roster of pros at training site Cardrunners.
The embattled Qureshi, with his back against the wall, told the poker world on his blog in 2011 that he was on his way out, engaging them “for the last time.”
After traveling the world, participating in volunteer work, spending time in solitude and even trying to forge a new identity – Haseeb has recently come back to poker and wouldn’t you know it – found a place in it. The apologetic and refined Haseeb gave up most of his money to various charities (and his family) as disavowed his former “DogIsHead” persona.
But DogIsHead is gone. I am not him anymore. And so I realized on my travels through Europe, I could no longer tell people I was a poker player. It didn’t make sense, that wasn’t who I was. Then what was I? What did I have left? I was just a kid. I was just who I was. I was Haseeb. And I realized that part of the tremendous sadness I felt was that I was grieving. I was grieving the death of DogIsHead, grieving the end of my first adult identity.
Is it for real, who knows? But the enlightened Haseeb has a new e-book, ya’ll and it’s all about getting your poker mind right. While he may never become a poker pro again, he’s getting some of that mainstream poker attention with articles in Pokerlistings, Poker Player and more all promoting his book.
Like it or not, Haseeb is back. If he can do it, you can too.
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