Two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Josh Arieh, is set to leave professional poker and look for new challenges. The 37-year-old pro claims that he has lost his interest in the game.
Double bracelet winner Josh Arieh is determined to leave behind his career as a poker pro
, he has told Pokerlistings in a new interview.
"I'm not thinking about it, I am retiring from poker. This is my last tournament until the next WSOP. To me, poker is not what it used to be," Arieh said.
Arieh won his first bracelet already in 2004, and followed up the feat by winning his second WSOP title in 2007.
The 37-year-old American started out playing as a professional in 1999, but the games have now changed so much that the competition has become too tough, he said.
"Poker is really tough. Kids got so good. Instead of poolroom hustlers and gamblers it turned into freaking geniuses. Kids that are making 1600 on their SATs".
Arieh even said that he was willing "to take any bet from anyone" that he would not play any more outside the World Series.
However, should online poker
become legal in the United States, he would be willing to change his mind.
"If poker gets legalized in the U.S. there will be another boom," Arieh said.
"It would be great again. That would make it worth what we go through."
Over the course of his career, Arieh managed to collect cashes for more than $6 million. His biggest win came in the 2004 WSOP Main Event, where he finished in third place for $2.5 million.
Read the full interview here