Casino Games: Turning a Passion into a Profession

It didn’t matter what the casino game was, as long as there was gambling involved I was happy.  I had a pretty good idea how to play most of the casino games.  I knew which casino games had a better advantage for the player, but it really didn’t matter as long I was in the casino and gambling.  I felt alive as the adreniline surged through me as I placed each bet.

Then something changed.  I read a book about advantage gambling and realized that you really CAN gamble with an advantage over the casino, and in fact you can BEAT the casino.  I had heard this before but this time I believed it.  At that point, things were different. A light turned on and made me realize I could do that.

Even though I was a husband and father, I felt like a kid again.  You know when we were little kids and asked what we wanted to be when we grew-up.  Our answers were limitless:  Astronaut, doctor, professional athlete, President. Then we go through life and people, experiences, and circumstances slowly erode those beliefs, and we may even feel silly for ever thinking those things were possible.

At that moment, I let my mind wander just like a child.  I decided that I was going to make gambling my profession.  For the next year I would support my family at the expense of the casino. I wasn’t sure HOW I was going to do this, but my mind was made up.  The casinos would no longer be able to easily take my money, they would have to fight me for it.

Over the next 12 months or so, I spent every waking hour either researching casino games, or I was in a casino practicing the new methods I learned.  I jumped out of bed each morning eager for the day to begin.  It was no longer fun to just be playing.  The thrill was in beating the casino at their own games.

This commitment has lead me on an adventure over the last few years that has been filled with ups and downs, but it has restored the one thing I was missing in my professional career before this journey began, passion.

This has opened my mind to the fact that anything is possible.  There are no limits to what we can achieve as long as we are guided by what really matters, passion.  Without passion we can never achieve what most every human being craves, true happiness.  I’m not talking about the kind of happiness that comes from a pill or a bottle, but the happiness that comes from within.

This post has nothing to do with gambling.  For you it may be boats or gardening, but whatever your passion is find a way to bring it into your life.  For me, it started with gambling and led to writing.  What the future holds, I don’t know, but I do know it will be something I am passionate about.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

4 Responses to “Casino Games: Turning a Passion into a Profession”

  1. I enjoyed reading your post, Greg! Many gamblers do not mind how much they win and lose. What is important for them is to have a great time and bond with their friends or even family 🙂

    • I guess if you are very wealthy the results are less important, but winning makes the experience even more enjoyable for me. You’re right though everybody has different motivations to gamble.

  2. Looking forward to following your blog and reading your book when launched.

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