From Pro Gamer To Pro… Poker Player?

From Pro Gamer To Pro… Poker Player?
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It’s a question proper athletes face all the time. What do you do when you hang up the cleats/boots? Well, if you’re Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger, former pro Counter-Strike player, you make the move from video games to online poker.

Which sounds a little random, seeing as one involves furious mousework and fast reflexes while the other relies on cool heads and a honed bullshit reflex, but apparently it’s a natural progression.

“I used to be a professional gamer”, Benger tells PokerListings. “I played Counter-Strike for a living, so I transitioned into poker because it has a lot of the same skills, mostly being able to sit in front of a computer for long periods of time.”

“But it’s a pretty natural transition and a lot of people were doing it. Once I got into poker I became really obsessed with it. It’s really one of those games where there’s always room to get better, and that was one of the problems with Counter-Strike, I got to a point where I couldn’t really get much better.”

That… actually makes sense. I mean, I’m sure the fact there’s a ton more money in poker helps, but the ceiling’s got to be a lot higher for getting to the top of the food chain.

Counter-Strike Champ Griffin Benger Wins Millions at Online Poker [PokerListings]


  • Meh, Guardsman Bob is a Pro LoL player who was previously a poker player (well still is to a lesser extent I think) and as this guy said, heaps of people do it. Not sure what’s so noteable about this story.
    I wonder if the Luke defense commitee will arrive despite the fact I’m not specifically having a go at him here >_> (Though i suppose he is responsible)

  • Elky is a well-known poker pro that showed up on quite a few of those World Series of Poker shows. He used to play Starcraft in Korea.

    Kiwikaki is a fairly well known SC2 player that also makes a respectable income from online poker and many big name players seem to have active accounts on various poker sites.

  • I’ve never felt that online poker players should ever be considered pro players as you do not sit in the room and banter with your opponents, you do not need a poker face or the ability to read other people’s faces, but each to their own. And most of the people who play tournaments play online when they can’t go to the casino, they just can’t get enough of poker apparently.

    With the constant training and determination some people have with video games it makes sense to put that effort somewhere potentially profitable though – when you realize how much some of these guys train…they could be Olympic athletes!

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