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February 14, 2012 | 6:41 pm | JCarver

I’m a poker player. Above anything else that I could identify as, no single label could better describe my life, my personality, my outlook, my desires. In no community do I feel more at home, and I only have a handful of friends who don’t come from the poker world. Reality, and life in general is just…different with poker as your foundation. Our culture, our norms and our experiences as professional poker players are unique, and to various degrees, define us as individuals. I don’t shy away from that label of “poker player” at all – I love the game, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to play poker – a game! – for a living, and being able to compete on the highest levels in tournaments is something I’ve derived a ton of pleasure and pride from in my life.

One of the things that I think is universally liked about poker is that the game is open to anyone. If you’ve got the cash, we’ve got a seat open. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Christian, Jewish, a woman, physically disabled, a foreigner, a felon, or smell terrible, we’ll make room for you at the not-necessarily-proverbial table and let you play. Everyone comes in on an equal playing field, getting the same cards, the same chips, and left alone to make their own decisions. It’s a cutthroat world, but the waters are open to anyone who wants to swim. This universal acceptance/open invitation is sort of the centerpiece of poker – it’s a major reason we had a boom in 2003 after Moneymaker’s win at the WSOP ‘proved’ “anyone can do it, all you have to do is play.” Maybe it’s because of that cornerstone of acceptance, maybe it isn’t, but our community is pretty tolerant overall (maybe it’s more indifferent than tolerant). Bottom line, it really doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do; barring some truly awful behavior that usually has to do with a long-time abuse of the community’s trust, you’ll be accepted, or at worst, begrudgingly allowed in. It takes something pretty messed up to be truly ostracized from the poker community as a whole (the only person I can think of is Russ Hamilton of UB superuser fame, and the Full Tilt top guys will definitely make the list if players don’t get repaid).

Of all the diversity and variety that the poker world contains, though, there is a noticeable lack of openly gay poker professionals. Vanessa Selbst is a top tier player, a brilliant woman and an amazing person, but other than her, I’ve never met a single gay professional poker player, nevermind a high profile one. There’s plenty of speculation – Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, and a few other big name players who are actually very straight have received plenty of attention from the gossip forums as being potentially gay for having a few mannerisms simply perceived that way.

They’re not gay, though, and no man who is a well-known pro in poker is open about it. I’m not quite sure why exactly that is, and of course everyone is entitled to be as open as they want to be about their personal lives, but for there to be zero high-profile openly not-straight men in poker seems…bad. Archaic. Reflective of a community that isn’t open to all, when we actually are one of the most open communities in existence. Maybe it’s not because of something unique to poker, and it’s just a relic of the old-school mentality when the world’s default mindset was at best “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but, come on, it’s 2012. Whatever the reason… zero??

I’ve struggled with how to discuss this, with how to balance my desire for privacy with the fact that I do want to be myself publicly – and the fact that I think it’s overdue for a guy to be open about it in poker. I’m no Daniel Negreanu, the royalty of real talk, but I do pride myself on saying what I think and simply being who I am; but I suppose you could say in the past being “truly myself” has come with a bit of an asterisk. Privately, amongst friends, I can say I’ve been doing that for some amount of time – but publicly, and in poker, that hasn’t completely been the case. I haven’t exactly always been where I am now, though, and haven’t really been ready to share my story publicly. Privacy reasons excepted, that won’t be the case any more.

2011 was an amazing year for me. Although I was fortunate enough to win an event at WSOP, 2011 was key for me because it was transformative. At 24, I finally came to embrace the seemingly basic concept that happiness should come before most other priorities, an idea it seems many of us poker players struggle with for some reason. Ever since I left college at 19 to pursue poker professionally, pretty much every morning (read : afternoon) I woke up and said “how can I make the most money possible today?” – and that’s what I did. When I felt lonely, or unhappy, or depressed, I did what I could to feel better; but for the most part, I made few actual changes and mostly just returned to the status quo of the grind. After Black Friday (my birthday, by the way) and the shutdown of online poker, I suddenly wasn’t able to do that any more. Being unable to tunnel-vision focus on making money, real-life things finally kind of caught up with me.

By the time WSOP 2011 came around, I had already begun to want real change, and once WSOP passed I had a few important heart-to-hearts with some very close friends and my mindset finally started to actually change. I decided I wasn’t going to focus on making decisions that were in my best financial interest, I was going to focus on making decisions based on how they’d impact my happiness – without making excuses. The obstacles that I had always created for myself – what if this, what if that – I put aside, and began making changes instead.

I had put it off for a long time. I always knew I wasn’t straight, but I never spoke a word of it for twenty two years, and nobody really ever knew otherwise. I dated women exclusively through my teens and early 20s, doing my best to convince myself that it wasn’t something I had to pursue, that maybe I’d grow out of it, that I’d be happier with women anyway, that I just should focus on other things. After a lot of struggling and a lot of anxiety, I eventually came out to one of my close friends when I was 22. That same year, the second and third people I came out to were my parents (probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done), from which I basically received the not-exactly-what-I-needed reaction of “keep it to yourself, don’t tell anyone.” I told very few people from then until I was 24 (by the way, my parents are way better now).

I was lucky enough to come out to a few close friends who were very encouraging. My closest friends are amazing people that I all love dearly and they were crucial in my growth from then til now. I remember, two years ago, accidentally verbalizing “that guy [on tv] is pretty cute” to one of my friends. Even though I had already come out to him, I was instantly petrified – it was the first time I had really said something like that out loud (at 22!) – and although I remember the anxiety very well I also clearly recall the flood of relief I felt when he simply laughed afterwards. Whether serious or lighthearted, that sort of positive encouragement from my friends over the past two years helped me greatly along my path to finding myself and “living my truth,” as a (slightly overly) philosophical friend likes to put it.

I didn’t actually make a gay friend until June of 2011, when I was 24. That helped a lot with being able to understand/express myself and not quite feeling so…isolated. Before then, I never really tried to make any gay friends or relationships. I would consider taking action, but before anything actually happened, I’d find or fabricate excuses to not be open or aggressive about it. I told myself to be afraid of the poker world finding out somehow and outing me and having some “disaster” roll out because of it. I was worried that no matter what I ever accomplished or did, I’d be labeled “that gay poker player” above all else, and it would be a title of shame. I feared that I’d lose friendships that meant a lot to me, that I’d ring a bell that could never be unrung and I’d be miserable, somehow. It took me a long time to mostly get over all those somewhat irrational anxieties (fingers crossed!) and to truly start being myself, regardless of what that might mean or look like to others.

As 2011 continued on, and my mindset became more focused on being happy, I pushed myself to make the changes I wanted. I started being more and more open, telling more and more people, and eventually started dating. I became more empowered by the growing personal freedoms I felt as I increasingly was just myself by default, less and less often censoring my thoughts, desires, and feelings. The small personal ‘victories’ piled up, I gained a lot of forward momentum, and the positive changes started to snowball…and here we are now, writing this post. I’m totally open in my personal life, in an amazing relationship that means a great deal to me, and bottom line, I’m honestly happier now than I’ve ever been.

I’m not planning on being much different. If you’ve interacted with me before, you pretty much know who I am, and there probably won’t be many differences in the future. Like I said, I’m just a poker player, after all, and being attracted to guys doesn’t change that. Still, though, for myself and as a member of the poker community, I felt this was important to share – to both allow me to openly/completely be myself in the poker world and maybe to make it easier for others to be themselves, too, if they want to be. Real talk.

edited to add : a lot of people have been trying to get in touch with me in various ways, best way by a mile is on twitter @JasonSomerville.

118 Responses to “real talk”

  • February 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    thomas h. nguyen said:


    r.r.

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Chad Batista said:


    Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Diego said:


    Nice to read something like that!

    I’m a gay poker player too, and though i’m no pro, I felt the same way you did about being labeled as just the gay who plays poker.

    I came out a few months ago to the guys I play with and was very happy with how they reacted. Although some people changed a bit, most of them continued to treat the same way they did before.

    Congratz on coming out and best of luck!

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Grace said:


    Congratulations on having the courage to come out! Supposedly 10% of the population is gay but yet there are very few out poker players.

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Grange95 said:


    As another openly gay poker player (albeit recreational), congrats and best wishes! Also, although I know well how tough a process it can be, you and those who care about you will be better off for your honesty.

    Mike

    P.S. my coming out story: http://craakker.blogspot.com/2010/10/national-whatever-day.html

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    AdamJunglen said:


    Obviously losing any “friends” over this would be absurd and wouldn’t be real friends to begin with… Which I know you know already..

    Very happy to see your comfortable enough with yourself to post this. Best of luck buddy, I love you too.

  • February 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    pokersteve said:


    nice post, good read. good luck!

  • February 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Davis Bowen said:


    This post is so gay

  • February 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    pokerprof said:


    In this age you are a hero. Excellent post.

  • February 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Vookenmeister said:


    Kudos to you on finding yourself and having the courage to take this step. I am sure there will be some difficult moments but those will pale in comparison to the truth an comfort of being who you are and not having to walk on eggshells. Good luck on and off the tables.

    - a happily married straight family man who wishes everyone a chance at true happiness

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  • February 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Michael Craig said:


    Jason: I don’t know you but I’ve heard only good things about your poker skill and the sort of person you are. I think your courage and honesty – especially with yourself, but also paving the way so you’ll never feel you have to hide being gay in poker – are awe-inspiring.

    I don’t have to tell a bracelet winner that one of the hardest skills to acquire in poker is how to read YOURSELF. So by being honest and comfortable with your sexuality, gay could =+EV!

    I predict that you’ll find this disclosure is “no big deal” in poker (other than responses like mine). I hope I’m not giving poker players too much credit but they are a pretty accepting bunch. If you find otherwise, let me know. With some of the stuff poker players own up to or poorly hide, I’d be shocked to find many homophobes in the bunch.

    Michael Craig

  • February 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Steven Robinson said:


    Happy for you.

  • February 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Devon said:


    Good on you!

  • February 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    JamesDaBear said:


    Well done, Jason. I never in Tree Fiddy Million years thought a poker player I admire and respect at a very high level would come out today in this manner. It even more reaffirms my admiration and respect.

  • February 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Barney said:


    Gay? I donked off my chips to a queer???

    HFS!

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Bryan Devonshire said:


    I’m proud of you Jason, and I’m proud to call you my friend. Thanks for being you.

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Rilke said:


    Seriously when you read this thread you really wonder why poker as such a bad reputation. We deserve better. I dont know you Jason but thanks for doing it. This is the kind of act that not only gets you free and encourage other to look for this same freedom but also show to everyone who we really are: a nice and welcoming family.

    We have our way with gay black and jewish people but i feel its all in good fun. Dont know how you can stand those who smells funny though, they better be really fishy ;p

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Nick said:


    Great blog, and congrats on having the courage.

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Cole said:


    Congrats on a great 2011 and for mustering up the courage to talk about serious parts of your personal life on the interwebs. Gl.

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Jon Lee said:


    DAMMIT!! I wanted to become the first openly gay male poker pro!! Thanks for crushing my dreams. J/K. Congratulations! Between you and Selbst…gotta say, our community is representing!

  • February 15, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Chris said:


    The hell is wrong with you people putting labels now? You didn’t donk off chips to a whatever you wanna call him, you were busted by a poker pro, and winner (be it in personal life as well in professional). The world need more open minded people, not old-schools who cannot realize that there’s no news about it, only the fact that we’re not in an age of silence anymore.

    Jason, wish you all the best, and you already seem to be doing great without anyone telling you what to do. I, similarly to your friend, was one to support another friend when in need of acceptance and I’m pretty sure that he feels as proud as I am to be sure that true friendship is beyond skin color, sexual preference or whatever you name it. It’s all about being there, even when far away.

    Again, all the best, from Brazil.

  • February 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

    zerostar said:


    I’m really happy to see this going so well for you. Congrats dude.

  • February 15, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Eric. said:


    Hey Jason. As a person who is currently pursuing a career in poker i appreciate you coming out.
    I am struggling.

    I would love to pick your brain.

    I am a 32 year old poker player. I am also gay. I am seeing my folks for the first time in 4 years and I am unsure how to tell them.

    My name is Eric. Most I play with think I am still with my ex wife. Its hard to just smile.

    Email me if you get a chance please. Im trying to find balance too.

  • February 15, 2012 at 4:01 am
  • February 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    stephen said:


    Good post. I’m glad you’re finding happiness.

  • February 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    dualdenz said:


    Kudos man, not easy to make such a public announcement. Be proud of who you are, you are what nature made you, nothing more and nothing less ;)

  • February 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Justin said:


    good for you! i hope this brings you some peace.

  • February 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Loren said:


    Congrats! That’s a hard, hard step to take but once you’re free and not in hiding, it gets way better.

  • February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Jay said:


    Cool. I’d fuck you.

  • February 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Michael said:


    Bravo man… You definitely deserve a drink or two. Hit me up if you’re ever in NYC. If you’ve ever noticed, the guys who love to diss gay guys are the guys you would never, ever, want to hook up with. There’s a definite correlation between a guy’s attractiveness and the amount of homophobia he possesses.

  • February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    PatrickJH said:


    Congrats, Jason! Thank you for sharing your story. Your decision has changed someone’s mind about what being Gay “looks like” and that is how the world will change. Would be great if you’d consider doing an “It Gets Better” video! Best of luck to you, and thank you so much for sharing your story here.

  • February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Paul said:


    Congratulations!
    I do work with the Trevor Project, and one of the things I tell young people who are gay and worried about their future is that there is nothing they can’t be just because they happen to be gay. To the long list of examples I typically give (doctor, lawyer, rock star, television host) I can now add ‘Professional Poker Player’. Your openness and courage are an inspiration to young people.

  • February 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Scott Rose said:


    Jason — this article of yours is as great as a ROYAL FLUSH!!! Best of luck to you with everything.

  • February 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Rob Mortlock said:


    Hope it goes well for you, let’s be honest it’ll only upset the morons. I really enjoy the eating of cake, it makes me smile. Will you tell of the visit to Hugh Hefner’s in episode 40? You seem like a jolly nice young man, if you play in London I’ll be more than happy to buy you a beer.

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  • February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Spence said:


    Welcome out!

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Chris said:


    Congratulations and thank you. I’m a regular recreational player and also gay. I’ve been semi-open about it at the tables and with my friends from the poker room, but tend to be careful about how open to be. Thanks for being the first pro to stand up proud! I hope more follow in your footsteps.

  • February 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Glenn I said:


    Choosing happiness over money … is that allowed?

    ;-)

  • February 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    xpress said:


    No big deal, I would say, is it?

  • February 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    JasonR said:


    You are authentic! congrats to you. Do the damn thing!

  • February 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    John said:


    jason! I attend a los angeles gay poker group. please be my date.

  • February 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Chris said:


    Congratulations! May you have many years of happiness in your game and in your life.

  • February 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Tom Janus said:


    Good for you buddy…keep on playing!!

  • February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  • February 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    GTroj79 said:


    Just as I an openly straight, you have the right to be openly gay and though no less of it. Very happy for you.

    For a Poker and big JCarver fan.

  • February 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    @EminentFate4L said:


    I applaud your courage sir! I cane only imagine how tough that must be. I came out as an Atheist to my parents(my father who is a Pastor, and a Mother who bought me a Bible for Xmas every year)it was not easy, and they still haven’t come to terms with it yet, but at least Ive liberated myself.

  • February 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    alex schultz said:


    Nice job. It’s really awesome to see folks like you (public figures/role models) out and pointing out it’s really no big deal. Well done.

  • February 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Mike said:


    This is very encouraging to read. Regardless of the impact of ‘coming out’ so publicly, the truth is that every time someone in a high profile position like you does this, it enables happiness in your own life and hope in others out in the crowd.

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  • February 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    KWH said:


    I applaud you for being so honest! Trust me being honest about who you are will gain you more respect than you will realize. You have just gained a who new family!

  • February 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Mike said:


    Congratulations, and well done!

  • February 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Preston said:


    Well done Sir! You’re a winner in every sense.

  • February 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    underdog said:


    Congrats Jason. I hope this feels like a weight off your shoulders. You’re talented and brave. Ignore the immature a holes, they’ll always be around. The people whose opinions should carry weight, those who care about you,
    will be universally positive. Continued good fortune and success!

  • February 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    dy said:


    Bravo sir! Oh the straight guys you played strip poker with must be dying! lol

  • February 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Lord Ditt said:


    Applause!

    (insert a big goofy Hacksaw Duggan “thumbs-up” photo)

  • February 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

    JMC said:


    Congrats man!!

    Grew up in a small pissant town in rural Texas. Came out to what I thought was a close friend when I was 14. The first thing she told me was I was going to hell. When I told my mom she told me our dad would leave us and that she wanted to kill herself. But after years of combating the shit people told me, I’ve come to love the fact that I’m gay. I’m not proud of just being gay; that’s really nothing more than who I am attracted to. But the reason we talk about gay pride is because almost all of us overcome some version of the crap I just described. To have endured stuff like that and come out pretty level headed? That’s what I’m proud of.

    I wish all the best for you as well.
    Welcome to the community. Your toaster over and membership card are in the mail.
    :-)

  • February 16, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Terry said:


    Bravo! Good going!

  • February 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Luis said:


    Congratulations!! I read your story on the website for out magazine. I have a great deal of respect for people like you who through their personal struggle whether you realize it or not pave the way for greater awareness and equality. I wish you the best on your journey. You will come to realize that now that you have opened yourself up to the world, many others will do the same for you, and love will gain a greater, deeper meaning in your life. Love and Peace.

  • February 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Devin said:


    Even though I came out at 20 and I’m now 47, it still touches me to see someone who has struggled come to terms,self-actualize and “live their truth.” As you surely realize, you help not only yourself, but many others coming from similar situations. Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration to others.

  • February 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Christopher said:


    Never heard of you until today, but think you’re very brave and incredibly articulate. I wish you every happiness and success in the world!

  • February 16, 2012 at 3:50 am

    J said:


    Sir, you are winning. Enjoy life and keep doing the best mtt videos!

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  • February 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Alex said:


    You are so brave to come out and I wish you the best of luck and soo much happiness! Don’t listen to these idiots writing mean things. They truly are ignorant and its just sad to see so many people whos lives are full of blind hatred. You are amazing and I hope you continue to have a phenomenal career!

  • February 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

    VALERO said:


    being a fan of the UFC is a dead give away i think

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  • February 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Mike M said:


    Glad you’re feeling more comfortable in being yourself. Thank you for showing once again the power of honesty. No one will ever be able to hurt you if you always tell the truth- except at the tables of course. Good for you, i hope you get all the love and support from those around you.

  • February 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm
  • February 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    ikidunot said:


    Congrats Jason!

    Coming out I am sure was a great thing for you in retrospect. I am not sure if you realize this, but coming out also makes it much easier for other players to come out and generally makes homosexuality more accepted and normal (as it should). Thank you for that! Here’s to everyone who’s not out yet (I know you are here): The sooner, the better! It’s better for everyone involved. You won’t lose friends over it, and for the off chance you do: people who judge you for your sexuality were never your friends to begin with.

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  • February 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Nicolas levi said:


    Nice blog, well done!

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  • February 17, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Mark said:


    I was really touched by your story ..you are a great catch ! Cute, articulate and a poker player :)

  • February 17, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Mark said:


    I was really touched by your story ..you are a great catch ! Cute, articulate and a poker player :)

  • February 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

    ehran said:


    OH MY GOD !!!! You play POKER ????!!!!

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  • February 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

    David S said:


    How do we know you’re not bluffing? Just kidding. Congratulations on your bravery.

  • February 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Dal Pookah said:


    It’s a shame that we haven’t evolved enough to where there is no necessity to “come out”. I have many friends, some who happen to be gay. They are not my gay friends, just my friends.

    Unfortunately, we haven’t evolved enough (apparently). So I applaud your courage to come to the forefront. Hopefully, your action will encourage others to live their lives openly and at some point sexuality will cease to have any particular connotation.

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  • February 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Robert said:


    I’m very happy for you and I’m sure it must have taken a lot of courage to come out and I have no doubt it was difficult. I’m just glad you’re happy and wish you all the best in all you do.

  • February 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Drew said:


    Awesome blog dude. gay poker player here. Not out to everyone but reading blogs like this is encouraging. hit me up! gdwilson88@gmail.com

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  • April 25, 2012 at 4:44 am

    MDN said:


    For a decade now, on occasion, I have thrown the term “gay poker player” into a Google search box, hoping to hear a story like yours. Of course, when I did it today, for the first time in a year or so, I prayed it would be Christian Harder’s name coming up, as I think he is the dreamiest man/boy/poker player I have ever seen in my way more than twice your age years ;)

    I’m happy to read your story, and I’m proud that you had the emotional wherewithal to write it…

    Just figure out a way to make CH one of us… preferably with an affinity for daddy bears ;)

    xx
    MN

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  • June 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Katie Hollemweguer said:


    So brave of you Jason! and congrats of that, I know its a very difficult decission and requires a lot of braveness, I have been close to this situation, as my sister is also gay, but we in the family are so proud of her and support her, you have made the first step! I didnt realized that also in the poker world, we have some cool gay game players, I searched on google and found Vanessa Selbst, also how difficult can be the life of a professional poker player in so many fields and circumstances. Again, congrats Jason.

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