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High Stakes: The Dang brothers think of retiring from poker

Tags: black friday, Di Urindanger Dang, full tilt poker, Hac trex313 Dang, high stakes.
Posted on 27 April 2011 by "T".

Di "Urindanger" Dang and Hac "trex313" Dang are two well-known faces at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. The brothers have been around the online high stakes scene for quite some time and it has really paid off as their total winnings (only at FT) are close to $13,000,000. In a recent interview, Di "Urindanger" Dang was asked about 'Black Friday' and how it has affected him and his brothers daily life.

"I think we're okay. We've saved up our money, but a lot of our friends haven't. They're struggling. I actually wanted to retire from poker eventually, so the news didn't hurt me as much as it hurt my friends."

he continues...

"Poker is stressful. I could lose or win a million dollars or more every month. Sometimes I felt on top of the world, and then sometimes I felt on the bottom of the world. It's not healthy. Poker was always a means to an end for us. It was never what we wanted to do forever. We were planning to use the money to do something bigger and better."

Di "Urindanger" Dang says at the end of the interview that he's currently in process of opening a Cajun-style crawfish restaurant in Virginia.

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11 comments on "High Stakes: The Dang brothers think of retiring from poker"

 vukas27/04/2011 10:20:08 GMT
Well, Chris Ferguson has that basic advice about bankroll managament.
Never play for all of it.
 chinasyndrom27/04/2011 10:27:28 GMT
If i had made $13 Million i would quit poker with the exception of a few live tourneys a month and then start a business like they have suggested.
 BMWman27/04/2011 11:00:08 GMT
I would definately start a business of some kind, but retiring from poker wouldn't be an option. I would still play the big tourneys online.....
 xxxYUMIxxx27/04/2011 11:58:55 GMT
these 2 brothers are very sensible indeed...
 LooseKiddie27/04/2011 15:43:31 GMT
This is quite simple - you want to play or you want to win. Some people say, that they want to play and win, but there's always something what leads in our game, and its either profit or fun. You can have fun when you play for profit and profit when you play for fun, but you always play for one of these, you know what I mean. Many people talk about retiring when it comes to "black friday", but if you have the heart to play then you'll end up playing somehow, especially when you have $13M.
 mahdrof27/04/2011 16:55:15 GMT
I think in their shoes I would do the same thing. Maybe not leaving completely, but they are young, have a ton of money and a lot of choices as to what they will do with that money. Nothing prevents them down the road when this is all figured out, starting a little lower down and rebuilding. They did it once and I am sure they can do it again.
 SuperNoob27/04/2011 19:50:03 GMT
they have won a large amount of money from poker, maybe enough for them to last their lives if they invest it wisely. but will they quit poker ?? its hard to say , might move down stakes but quitting is not easy
 Niklas9127/04/2011 21:15:23 GMT
I think you guys are correct 'bout that.. Quitting poker for good will without any doubt be quite hard, but okay.. If they have other things to do, they might aswell be concentrating a lot more on these things, like having their own business Smile
 GIOMi628/04/2011 00:50:14 GMT
I think that they won't retire from online poker, because poker is like an addiction, if you are hooked on it then you will never quit poker.
 Macubaas28/04/2011 05:51:46 GMT
Well i'm sure they won't quit poker for good after all but i think they meant that they'll stop playing cards for a living. I'm sure they'll still play for fun online at lower limits when the'll be able again to play on real money and live of course. As they said living out of poker is a very stresfull job, especially when you play at those limits and the variance can be huge. I assume it feels terrible bad to be $1 Million down on a month, week or even day.
Now it also depends on what lifestlye you want to have, i mean if you only want a nice house, two cars and money to spend i think 2 or 3 million dollars are enough for life but if you have a different lifestlye and you spend a lot per month you need to invest them to make more money.

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