Hi everyone, I am new here. My name is Craig. I used to play online poker for a living. I went full time in 2007 and was forced to stop in 2011 for...obvious sad reasons. Some of my online friends have moved out of the country to continue playing online poker, but I have been reluctant because A) I own a house here that receives rents, and I really like it! B) Moving just sucks =( Live poker is an option, but it's sorta....meh. I have a degree in Economics however my real world "work" experience is limited to say the least. I have dabbled in a few consulting gigs but nothing major. I began getting into investing and stuff a few years back; I'd like to think I'm not completely ignorant regarding how money moves through various markets and such, that being said, I still have lots to learn. The natural progression, in my opinion, was trading. I began researching various trading techniques a year or so ago, and it seems the skill set is very similar to poker. Because of the similarities, I feel it has the potential to be a good fit for me. So that brings me here. I think a forum of traders would be the best place to learn things. I'm in a weird spot because I hear "you can't beat wall street, they have more information than you, don't compete with the resources and insider knowledge that is not at your disposal." I find those points valid, however I also used to hear "nothing ever good comes from gambling, only 2% of players are winners, etc" And I did poker successfully for a living over a statistically significant sample...As you can see, it seems those saying "most lose at poker" are the same ones saying "most lose at trading." While I believe this to be true, I strongly feel there is value there and since I have a track record of removing liquidity from markets, I think (or at least I'd like to) that it is at least possible. What does everyone here think? I do realize that in order to do it for a living you probably need minimum 100kish liquid. It takes money to make money. It seems most trading firms simply operate as a hub for under-capitalized traders? I could be wrong, shrug. Any information from anyone would be very helpful to me. As you can see, I really can't think of one specific thing to ask any of you, I suppose then I simply want some advice (where to start, reputable firms, optimal techniques :ie pairs trading, arbitrage, etc, things to know.....anything and everything) from people who are better than me at trading. Side note: DAVID EINHORN ROCKS! (he donates to a charity my sister works for and just banked 4m for them at the 1m buy in tournament at the WSOP) This post was longer then I meant it to be, I hope there is an ample amount of page breaks for your eyes.