Report: Hungarians Online Poker HabitsPublished September 25, 2009 by OCR Editor
Some 200,000 Hungarians play poker online, according to national poker association.
The Hungarians have found a surprising solution to the ongoing global financial crisis, by playing online poker to make a living, Reuters has reported.
Focusing on a recent college graduate named Peter Traply who has chosen not to join the long and often frustrating search for a job, the report said that he had already earned more than $530,000 at poker tables abroad and online.
According to the report, there are many more Hungarians like Traply. It quoted statistics from the Poker Association of Hungary that show that some 50,000 Hungarians play poker live, and another 200,000 play online. Overall, that amounts to one out of every 40 Hungarians playing poker.
And with Hungary's unemployment rate hitting almost 10 percent for the first time since 1996, the poker association sees many more Hungarians following in Traply's footsteps.
"Online, you can start with a few hundred dollars and if you are good, you can make as much as $10,000 per month in a year or two," association chief Gergely Tatar was quoted by Reuters as saying. Naturally, in this view, online poker bonuses help even more.
Such an income would no doubt be enticing to people in the eastern European nation, where the average monthly income is a lowly $640.
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