Interview with a Professional Gambler Greg Elder

I was recently approached by David from to do an interview about my time as a professional gambler. I want to thank him for the well thought out questions and his kindness. The full interview can be read here, but here is a part of it.

“I didn’t become rich, but it opened my eyes…”

Greg Elder is the kind of person you don’t meet often. He dropped his “normal” job to become a professional gambler – a field where many people fail. And he succeeded! Greg wrote several books about his experience as a gambler. At the moment he is working on his new book Gamblers Fight Back that will be published soon.

David: When did you start your career as a professional gambler?

Greg: About three years ago I was coming off a job I hated and I decided to do something that would add some passion back into my life.

David: What was your last job?

Greg: I’ve had several of them: I was a teacher and basketball coach right out of college, but the job I hated was selling insurance.

David: Why did you go for gambling, why not for example stock trading, or some business?

Greg: I read a book called Million Dollar Video Poker by Bob Dancer that inspired me and I had always been an avid gambler so it just seemed to make sense. I knew it would be risky but at that point I didn’t care as long as I was happy doing it.

David: And your family was ok with that?

Greg: No, most didn’t know.

Greg: The only one whom I told about that was my wife and she was very skeptical. However, I was able to go on an early winning streak and this made her more supportive. She has been great through the entire time. I didn’t tell my close friends and other family members what I had been doing until the book was coming out. They thought I was still selling insurance.

David: “early winning streak” – is it something typical? I had same experience as a stock trader, without any particular knowledge.

Greg: A famous gambler is notorious for saying “the best advice to becoming a pro gambler is to get lucky early on.” There is some truth in it because most people don’t have the bankroll to sustain a heavy losing streak early on in their career. Pro Gamblers don’t usually want to rely on luck to win, but a little luck early on can go a long way.


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.

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