background: I just graduated in May 07 with a degree in finance and will receive my MBA this coming May. I don't have any trading experience, but my "job" the last 4 years has been poker and some say it's comparable (handling pressure, quick decisions...) So, my question is how should I go about looking for a firm to trade for in Chicago. Should I be looking at pro firms or prop firms? How do pro firms work, and what are the major players in Chicago? 50K is probably the most I could put up, does this limit me to a prop shop? I want to work in an office, not from home. I will need training as well. From what I've read, ECHOtrade sounds attractive with its training and ~30:1 margin. What other firms should I be looking at? HOW should I go about applying to these firms? What should I do between now and May to increase my skills and prepare myself? Thanks.