View Full Version : Nick Schulman-pool to Pro Poker Player!

02-26-2008, 04:52 PM
Hey everyone,
In yesterdays NY Post,there was an article on Nick Schulman-he was a player from NYC-Amsterdam-many of us knew him as "the kid"who turned Pro poker player-he's a REAL sweetheart!
At 21, he won a few million in the 2005 World Poker Tour at Foxwoods-it was the second tournament he ever entered! It mentions he dropped out of school his freshman year of HS to play pool-
Here are a few questions they asked him:

Did you ever think that growing up that poker could be a career?

"No, when I was younger,pool was my focus-I was a good jumior player,played hundreds of tournaments,9-ball-it wasnt until I was 18 that I started playing poker seriously"

How did you make the jump from pool shark to card shark?

"I was at a 4 day pool tournament in Scranton PA and got knocked out the first day-I had nothing to do but play poker for the next 3 days-I got hooked and havent stopped since"

Whats your secret,memorizing cards or reading people?

"Its more the latter,and the way I grew up,being around a pool hall more than school,probably helped-around the poolhall,money was always involved-it helped me learn to read body language-if someones playing an angle,you can tell its bullsh$t or not"'

How else did you prepare?

"I played alot online,found some cash games in Manhatten-I wasnt even thinking yet about tournaments-you cant walk into a casino until your 21 so I had to wait"

When you went pro, did anyone back yu financially?
"No, I done well enough online-I bought in for 10,000 and lost, the next was Foxwoods"

Whats an average work day like for you?

"In WPT,its generally noon to 9-at World series events,its tough-it can be noon to 2 for five or six straight days-poker takes more endurance than you think-when your thinking as hard as you can for hours,it can be grueling"

AT what age will you rech your peak?

"There are alot of great players in there 40's or 50's-but alot dont have healthy lifestyles-smoke,drink and dont sleep,so I'll try and stay away from all that so I can have longevity"

Is there anything you'd like to do after poker?

"I thought about going back to college-I never made it out of high school,but I did get my GED"

How do people give away there hand?

"People are friendlier when there bluffing-they stare at the board more when they missed-if someones staring at the flop,its a pretty good indication they missed"

Whats the worst part of the job?

"Lack of structure and not feeling like your part of the world"

Whats the best part?

"The nerves and the pressure of it all,but its a good nervous"

Now, at 23, he's cleared 3 million to date!
Good for you, Nick!

Just thought I'd share this!
Have a great night all!

02-26-2008, 06:24 PM
That is amazing. Congrats to him on doing well. I sure hope he puts some of that money away and is not just gambling it all back in. Hopefully there is someone helping him handle his money in a smart way and definitely put some away to pay for college.


02-26-2008, 06:37 PM
Hi Ed,
Yes, he's got a good head on his shoulders and a very supportive family-he always was a good kid:)
He was an excellent player and it just amazes me that he went Pro Poker and made it bigtime-Im so happy for him:)

Hey, I have your message on my phone-it was wonderful and NOW I hear you everytime you write-I love the way you talk!
Stay well,Ed!

02-27-2008, 08:43 AM
LOL, you are too nice. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

It is great to hear about young kids who are doing well. If he had stuck with pool, it would not have mattered how "great" he was, he would never have made $3 million in his early 20s. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif


02-28-2008, 03:35 PM
I heard about that kid. Good for him.

Rich R.
02-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Although he probably doesn't remember it, I had the pleasure of meeting Nick when he and Steve came to the U.S. Open, a few years ago. He seemed like a nice guy and I'm happy he is living the dream and doing well playing poker.
As others have stated, I too hope he is putting some away for the future. I would hate to see him broke in a year or two.