From layoff to Las Vegas for Hickboy

wsop2009_thn.gifIt seems like it could happen to anybody on any day. You walk into the office, are called into a meeting, and told your job doesn't exist anymore. Like a 21st century bogeyman, the threat of a layoff lurks in the minds of even the most stable worker bees. Just ask the PokerStars player known as Hickboy.

He did all the right things--got a college degree in Management Information Systems and went immediately to work as a Business Systems Analyst. After two years on the job, he walked in and found out he was being laid off.

A lot of people might have just lost their minds and went off the deep end. Hickboy (a name more a reflection of his last name than geographic location) decided to do something different. He used it as a chance to see whether he could hack it as a pro poker player.

"Needless to say, I haven't returned to a normal job yet," he told us.

Why needless? Well, Hickboy has been playing professionally for more than a year and just qualified for the World Series of Poker. Not only that, he did it in a 5,000 Frequent Player Point qualifier.

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Hickboy is no stranger to the World Series. He played in 2005 and cashed for $21,000. He would've made it farther but for Greg Raymer's pocket kings. Hickboy held ace-jack and helped Raymer on his way to another fantastic World Series finish. Hickboy took 2006 and 2007 to focus on his job, but after getting laid off in 2008, he won a PokerStars package and went back to play again.

"I think any poker player has dreamed about playing in the WSOP main event," he said. "It's an exciting time for anybody who plays tournament poker, since it draws a huge field and you have the potential to parlay a small investment into millions."

Now the man from Boston is on his way back to Vegas again where he plans to play some preliminary events and the main event.

"I'm looking forward to playing to the best of my ability and seeing what happens," he said.

While playing in the World Series is becoming old hat for the 25 year-old pro, he is not discounting the appeal of doing something special this year.

"I have to admit," he said, "turning 5,000 FPPs into a WSOP Main Event package has a nice ring to it."

If you'd like to take a run at getting a free seat, PokerStars is still running qualifiers. More than 760 players have already won their seat. You can qualify for as little as 400 FPPs.

To learn more about qualifying for free, see the PokerStars FPP World Series satellites information page.

Congratulations to Hickboy for his freeroll. Hopefully he won't have to worry about looking for a job ever again.

Brad Willis
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