Not long after we brought you the story of Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger, former pro Counter-Strike player and now pro poker player, comes another tale of a champ gamer hanging up the controller in exchange for a cold stare and a fistful of cards.
Englishman Rob "Vaga_Lion" Akery has made over $US600,000 playing poker, using skills he developed as one the world's premier players of... Age of Mythology.
The RTS game, a sadly forgotten spin-off of the Age of Empires series, used his history as one of the world's best AoM players to leverage his way into a successful poker career. Only, he didn't do it the obvious way. Unlike Benger, who could directly transfer some skills, Akery says it was the work ethic he learned improving his RTS play that showed him he could be successful at pro poker if he simply devoted enough time and energy to it.
"It just made me realise you can actually get really good at something if you put in the time," he said. "Poker seemed like a good one to put a lot of time into."
Former #1 Ranked Gamer Vagabond_Lion Dominating Online Poker [PokerListings]