This thread is kind of a spin-off of this thread, or atleast brought up the topic for me: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=226503 I'm currently 20 and have a friend who is 19 who I've known for my whole life pretty much. We lived on the same street since Grade 1 through 12 up until university where he moved out and bought his own house. How is this possible you ask? Well, he started playing poker when he was 16 online under his parents credit card and has since then moved on to live tournaments and won the EPT Dortmund 2008 for 933,600 euros when he was 18. Youngest person to win that much in a live tournament as far as I know. There's an article and video of the final table here: Article, Final Table Every time I watch that video it's so crazy to actually SEE him on TV, playing with pros and winning that much money. Anyways, he won that tournament when he was 18, plays online quite a bit and plays tables where pots will get up to $25k. Insane. From 16-19 he's made probably close to $3 million CDN and now travels the world playing in live poker tournaments. He paid off his parents' mortgage when he was 16 and bought them a new car. Kind of unfortunate as since then, we have lost touch and I've seen him maybe once in the past year. Disappointing, actually. We'd always hang out at each other's house and we also played sports together (on the same team, etc.) Anyways, long story but if you had ever won that much money what would you do with it? Would you give some of your close friends some cash? (Obviously not all of them) Keep in mind that $10k is only 0.33% of your money. Would you throw some parties? Obviously not spend or give it all away but ANYTHING? I personally believe I would but it's probably different when you're in that situation. I think it would be cool to buy my friends new cars or something.... maybe at least iPhones and pay for the contracts? Meanwhile he plans on buying like a used honda civic for himself... and doesn't spend very much. I guess this is kind of more of a rant as how I feel as if I've lost a good friend to poker + gambling/money... and he hasn't really realized that or said anything to me about missing the old days or giving me some cash Haha I've tried to see him lately, and I did once but he hasn't really followed up with much as far as wanting to hang out again. I know I don't deserve anything from him as I didn't win it myself and it is not mine, but it's really hard not to be jealous.... What do you think? Oh, and he's really good at math. Won tons of math contests, was very bright from a young age and was studying Actuarial Science at school. He left school after 2nd year to pursue poker and said he doesn't really plan on going back ever. Kind of a waste of a smart mind in my opinion.