In 2008, after many years of watching the top players in the World play Texas Holdem on TV, I invested £10 (About $15) into Pokerstars and began playing poker online. I had played for several years with friends at home, but although the games were tight, they were for very small stakes and I needed more excitement. I use statistical analysis in my everyday job and have excellent math so it was a way for me to relax, possibly make some additional money, whilst doing something I was good at and thoroughly enjoyed. A year of micro-stakes poker for endless hours, usually at least 8, but often up to 16 hours a day became the norm for me. I gradually moved up in stakes until I could reasonably expect to win £100+ ($150+) online in a four or five hour session if my luck was in, I rarely lost money. I was what was known as a 'mega-tight' player, never greedy, always patient, and I'd rather be bluffed out of a win than take a chance on a hand I only might win. I continued in this for another 3 years or so until I gradually became more experienced, and more aggressive. By the end of 2013, after countless thousands of hours playing poker online, and with winnings over the years of over £20,000 ($30,000) I decided to move up to bigger tables. All was well for a few weeks, although I didn't enjoy the game as much, the opponents were vastly better players, some of them bordered on an almost psychic level of being able to read me. To cut a long story short, I lost virtually all of my previous winnings in one night of madness. Although I was mad, with myself, and with the guy who had just taken all my cash off of me with a pair of kings against my aces, I didn't need the money and had never played for the money really, it was all for the excitement. After licking my wounds and trying to avoid poker for a week or so, I started playing again with the £200 left in my account. I take things a lot easier these days, and only play for 2-4 hours a day, but I'm back up to about £5,000 (&7,500) now, and I still only invested £10 in the first places.