When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was 'Maverick,' starring James Garner, and later Roger Moore, as a charming, inveterate gambler getting into all sorts of trouble as he rode the Wild West looking for the next poker game to cash in on.
Funnily enough, though, it never inspired me to be much of a gambler.
In fact, despite loving some of fiction's finest gamblers - James Bond being the perfect example - I guess I inherited my account father's level head when it comes to that sort of irresponsible 'investment.'
But while I've never had much of a stomach for poker, I've met a few people who have. In fact, just recently I met my first 'professional gambler.'
This kid went from poker game to poker game, and played online, netting an average of $25,000 a year.
That doesn't sound too impressive - especially given the long hours and high risk of his occupation. However, he was young and enjoyed what he was doing. What's more, he gave me plenty of examples of older people who made a respectable living playing poker online.
By going to a website like Online Casinos Planet, these would-be card sharks can get dealt into game after game at any hour of the day or night - and some (a very small minority) actually make a living from it.
Now, I've recently realized the immense earning potential of the Internet - but that's not a game for me.
However, it just goes to show how the Information Superhighway is opening up all sorts of unprecedented earning opportunities that we wouldn't even dreamed of a few years ago.