I was born and raised in Manchester, NH which is about an hour north of Boston. As a kid I was always fond of playing games such as video games and board games. When I was a freshman in high school I played in my first chess tournament. Only 2 years later I became a chess master, and I never had any formal training. I am a 5 time New Hamsphire Chess Champion, 2007 New England Champion, and a member of the New England Nor'Easters US Chess League team, which won the USCL championship in 2010.
When I was a senior in high school I started up an internet business which became very successful. My company sold herbal supplements online and the main method of advertising was "spam" email. A few years later, I had the dubious honor of becoming known as one of the biggest spammers in the country. In 2004 my company was sued by America Online which officially ended my days as a "spam king". Still during the days, I learned to manage a business, deal with customers, design websites, and much more.
Since then I've been playing poker (mostly online) for a living. It was a natural transition from chess, since a lot of the same skills apply. Unfortunately, there is not much money in chess which is why I decided to make it a hobby and not a profession. When I started playing poker, I first specialized in 7 Card Stud. After a few years of doing this, I realized the real money was in Hold'em and started to play No Limit Hold'em Sit N' Gos, which is currently my main game. I've also become very good at No Limit Cash games and 2-7 Triple Draw.
Currently I'm in a transitional period in my life, since the US government has banned online poker as of April 15th, 2011. With my free time, I have decided to start teaching chess again and will start to offer my web design services to the public. Also, I will be playing more live poker, but do to the slow nature of live poker, I've decided not to pursue it as a full time profession.