Options trader opts for PokerStars Porsche
Most people in life don't have too many options. They're born into a life of cattle ranching, widget production, or animal husbandry. Brad Sweezey is all about options, however. In fact, he trades in them. Now, he's opted to drive a Porsche when he feels like it.
After working for three years as an investment banker, Sweezey (a card carrying member of the PokerStars VIP Club) moved on to a new career.
"I currently work in FX Options trading which requires a similar skill set to poker, so I'm hoping my winning at the tables translates into a successful career in trading," he said.
At 26 years old, the active Canadian lives in Toronto and has an interesting way of relaxing after a long day at the office.
"One of my favorite hobbies is to play 16 tables of 2/4 6-max NL while watching a game on TV," he told us. "Not that i need an escape, but sometimes its a nice feeling to get in a zone and forget about everything else. Winning a car and some cash isn't a bad kicker."
Not at all. In fact, Sweezey, known as tops10 on PokerStars, managed to rack up enough PokerStars Frequent Player Points to get the Porsche Cayman for free.
"It's a satisfying feeling to play a little cards on PokerStars and then take my new car for a spin," he said.
Life in Toronto leaves Sweezey with no real need for a car. In fact, the Porsche is his first ride.
"My dad and brother are already fighting over who gets to own it next," he said.
What's next for the young man with the Porsche?
"I'll definitely be a poker player for life," he said. "Growing up I loved playing any card game for fun as I wanted the challenge of outplaying my opponents, and after playing in my first poker game at age 17 I was hooked. It's cool how such a simple game on the surface is really so complex. I'm not an artsy guy but this is one art form I love."
Though he already has the Porsche, Sweezey is keeping his driving options open for the future.
"I absolutely love my Porsche, but I definitely want to drive a Ferrari some day," he said. "Buying one with FPPs would be pretty cool. I've always set my goals high, life's more interesting that way."
Sounds like a good option to us.