Poker Is Life – Incorporating Poker Skills into the Workplace

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Eventbrite Vice President of Engineering Pat Poels took full advantage of the “Moneymaker” boom ten years ago—capturing two World Series of Poker bracelets and subsequently piling up over $1 million in live tournament cashes.

However, the Arizona businessman opted to reunite with his first love—the tech industry—in recent years… taking what he learned at the tables and incorporating it into his current work environment.

Over at, Poels provides a list of five “poker skills” that have helped make his professional grind as a tech executive a success.

For starters, Poels believes that the ability to read individuals (whether they are current employees or potential business partners) is mandatory.

Use your eyes—not just your ears—to pick up on problems.

On top of that, being aware of your current financial position and how your decisions will affect it is also of utmost importance, as is being able to let go of your ego and walk away from a deal that doesn’t provide sufficient Risk vs. Reward.

In poker and business alike, the question comes down to: is the juice worth the squeeze?

Finally, Poels suggests that stress management as well as trusting one’s internet decision making process could hold the key to long-term success in any business endeavor—regardless of whether it is competing at a poker table or in the corporate world.

Check it out: 5 Ways Poker Can Make You Better At Your Job

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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