Pro Rock Climber Plays Poker to Fund his Career

Back in late 2015, 24 year old Canadian Boulderer André DiFelice took time out from climbing after suffering an arm injury and rediscovered his love for poker.

With his 2016 earnings already in six figures he is clearly doing well for himself.

“Poker has been amazing this year,” he said in a recent interview with Vice Sports.

“You can become injured when you climb too much” continued DiFelice. “Or when you play too much poker, maybe you start not playing so well and that can go downhill very fast. So now that I have two and I’m focused on both, they both seem to be going very well,” he explained.

“Basically I’m always motivated to do both. I don’t burn out.”

^^ Watch DiFelice bouldering in New Mexico.

Bouldering doesn’t come cheap with estimated annual costs between $10,000 to $20,000 to be paid by the climber—as the sport receives zero funding in North America.

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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