By Donna Parker
A flop for most people would not be a good thing, but for professional poker player Adam Geyer ’07, the flop (first three community cards in a poker game) could mean a big payoff.
Adam began playing online poker while still in school, but now he focuses on facing his opponents in person, primarily across the table in Las Vegas casinos.
“I plan to definitely play for the next year or two and then reevaluate to see if I enjoy it as much as I do now. Then, it could be back to school or down another path.”
For now though, he definitely knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. This past summer, he finished 2nd in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, following a big win earlier in 2007 in Australia.
“I approach this just as I would any job. I take it very seriously, keeping track of hours and studying videos and books on poker, like you would in school or business.”
Adam has the full support of his family, joking that playing poker – and winning at it – actually saved his dad money while he was in school!
He was a dedicated student, missing classes only three times during his four years, and credits two political sciences professors – Tucker Gibson and John Hermann – for encouraging him to do what suited his talents.
“Both were great advisors for me, encouraging me to find a job I liked and would make me money. They also kept me in line in terms of keeping my grades up!”
Since Adam’s is mostly a sedentary job, he spends his free time running to stay in shape and, “bouncing around San Antonio and Austin keeping up with friends.”
His hope is that his chosen profession will become more mainstream and lose some of the negative connotations associated with poker.
“I do realize, though, that when it comes time to marry, I’ll have to find someone pretty understanding!”
“I have learned that you have to pursue what you really love and enjoy. The main thing is that I could’ve gone the same old route, but I really didn’t want to do that. Right now, this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I don’t see doing it when I’m 40 or 50. By then, I will have moved onto something else, but for now, I’m working on gaining respect within the poker community, winning tournaments, and just having fun.”
You may contact Adam at Richard.geyerIII@trinity.edu