01/17/2012 : LYMPIC ATHLETE MAKES MONEY ON INTERNET POKER
Top fencing ace enjoys a game of poker and supplements his income at the same time
Jamie Kenber, a 25-year-old member of Britain's Olympic fencing team, has revealed that he's as sharp at the felt as he is in the arena, and supplements his income by coaching math and taking part in Internet poker cash games.
The Oxford graduate told the BBC this week: "If I can't get enough students then I might play a little bit of cards. I've had some wins, but it's not a reliable source of income unless you have a lot of time to commit."
"I'm a decent hobbyist, but I've made a little bit of money from it," he added.
Kenber said he sees a connection between the two activities. "There are comparisons. In fencing someone might show you something and you don't know whether they're actually going to go through with it or if it's just an early bluff. That happens in poker as well," he says.
"And if you think people are doing things for the wrong reasons you can end up losing. It's no coincidence that I enjoy both of them."
Talking about fencing as his passion, Kenber could well have also been describing the pursuit of poker, saying: "I think people will be impressed with what they see from the sport. It's fun to watch. It takes a fair bit of commitment to learn the rules and tactics, but it's well worth it."