The American poker pro Joe Sebok, 35, has almost $2 million in live tournament earnings (no major title) and was well liked for several years when he was known more as Barry Greenstein's stepson than a poker pro.
It has been very quiet from Sebok in the past year or so and the question is if he ever will win a major tournament title - because, according to a recent interview, he spent last year at Vinify, a premium custom crush winery in Santa Rosa, California, where he worked really hard and lost almost 17 pounds during the last 3-month harvest.
"I did typical cellar rat stuff. Basically, I came up here and got my ass kicked. It's not like you can sit back and turn on autopilot in either case. These are challenging jobs." he told sfgate.com.
Sebok plans to stick around the local wine scene for a while and he's now looking for a job in marketing or social media in the wine business. Sebok plans to explore the local card rooms but sees his future in something else.
"The game of poker is great and has been good to me over the years," he said "But at the end of the day, if you're not doing other stuff, all you are doing is counting money."