Lanchester, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 14, 2009 -- An amateur poker player named Malcolm Clarke has taken a dramatic step to change his life by attempting to become a poker professional after a series of life-changing events forced him to take a chance at independant success. He has launched a blog to follow his progress and has already had contact from a number of high profile poker bloggers wishing him success.
At the beginning of October 2008, Malcolm was at work and began suffering pains in his lower back. Convinced only antibiotics were necessary he made a quick visit to the doctors, who then swiftly admitted him to hospital and he had emergency surgery on an abssess in the back, leaving him with a two inch open wound in his back that required daily dressing. His secure job was now only paying Statutory Sick Pay of Â£75 per week. Fate dealt another nasty blow when after a short illness Malcolm's grandmother passed away after a short illness the same day Malcolm went for surgery.
Malcolm says "I do not blame my work, they did everything they could to help me but ultimately I was left exposed. I realised I needed something to secure my earnings in case the same injury happened again". Malcolm eventually signed himself off the sick early.
An avid Poker fan, Malcolm decided that enough was enough. He started developing a poker blog which he hoped would secure a large following of users. "I had owned [http://www.itsawinner.co.uk] for some time but never really knew what best to do with it. I knew that poker as an income is not really secure, and whilst I will study as much as possible to win as regularly as I can I would need another source of income, I love writing and a blog seemed a natural thing to start."
Malcolm has already had many messages of encouragement from fellow poker bloggers including some of the biggest names in poker. He says,
"The response from the bloggers I have contacted has been positive. I have had plenty of good honest advice. In the credit crunch this may seem a crazy thing to start but I still have my full time job and this is just a thing I do in the evenings as both a hobby and potential professional career move.
I value freedom of choice and I want to make a living playing poker, and doing things related to poker. I believe I'm good enough. It is a strange turn of events that has led me to re-evaluate my life but one which hopefully will reap benefits for me. As poker players would say, am going all-in to prove I can live the life I would like, I'm not after $1 million a year, just to be able to take control of my life and be financially secure in case I get injured again".