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Today's guest is a long time villager Craig hanlon Craig is a former lawyer, Craig, is one of the hardest working folks in the village in the behind the scenes private slack channels, always studying the courses, always working hard, just doing his best to serve the community. So it's my great pleasure to welcome Craig on to chasing poker greatness Craig. How you doing man? Doing well today, Brad, thank you, coach, and my humble pleasure to be here today. Yeah, so we normally start to show out by asking about your story into the world of cards. And you know, let's kind of go to the beginning. How old were you? When you started playing cards, what did that look like? All right. We'll start with you and so I'm 42 today. So that's where I'm at now. So my entry into the world of cars like today today is your birthday today. Oh no that'll be cool. They're really cool if it was. So like many of us, it was my grandparents and my family that introduced me to cards. So I would say the first card game I began playing was with my brother who was two years older, and that was the old classic war. You know, you get a deck of cards and each person gets half of it, you just battle it out. And oftentimes that ended up in a physical war between two young boys. You know, I was probably 6, 7, 8 years old or something like that. And really the main family member that brought me into card was was my nanny, my grandma, my mom's side. We would I grew up in New Jersey and grew up a mets fan. So she was often over. My grandma and grandpa was often over. You know, my mom was at work or out at night or something and taking care of business. And we would get a bowl ice cream, turn on the mets game, and play a game of rummy 500. So that's how I first started playing cards with good old rummy 500. And adding to that was my grandfather who was a bit of a gambler himself. Such that at the point when it was his time to pass from this world, he went off and style in his casket with a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of scotch and a deck of cards. That's what we sent him off with in a smile. So he taught me 5 card draw and I don't know how he would fare in today's games like probably tighter than old man coffee 'cause his standard was, you don't play, you don't continue. Unless you got pocket jacks are better. So you don't even like, if you don't have pocket jacks are better, you're done. You know, you just fold your hand. And so that was what I learned from him a pretty tight conservative style when I first entered the world of cars. I have no idea what 5 card draw strategy is. I have no idea if that's even tight. I just don't know. It's like 6 handed 5 card draw. Who knows? Is 6 a.m.? Is that even a thing? Or there are enough cards in the deck to play 6 and 5 card draw? I don't know. Maybe they're in. Maybe it's like blackjack where they have multiple decks shuffled in one. Who knows? Oh, God. That's what they were up to. Yeah, so learning cards from your grandparents and this is something I relate to because it's sort of the same path for me. Just recently, I spent the night with my grandparents for the first time in a couple of years because of pandemic and all that jazz, but me and my grandma played rummy. Until 1145 at night. And it was just great. It just felt like I was a kid again. It was just a very valuable experience and something that means a lot to me. So yeah, I understand how grandparents influence us and how just passing the time. Maybe life wouldn't have been that way if in the world that we live in today, right? There's so many different things that can hold kids attention that we really didn't have growing up. You know, it was just like, hey, let's play a game. You want to play some cards. But as you got older, you know, I know that you eventually went into law. So tell me about going to school becoming a lawyer, why did that path resonate with you? So I was in college and I majored in psychology. I went to the university of Delaware. And getting close. So I was probably in my junior year, maybe summer before senior year. I started to think like, what am I going to do with this psychology degree? And I kind of had this instinct that, well, I don't want to be having some person coming to my office lay down and couch and tell me how you feel. You know, I just didn't see that as the way to go. It's been a lot of time doing different research labs with professors. So I was really interested in interested in social psychology and human behavior when we interact in groups and I was wondering, maybe I should go back for a master's and continue to work with these professors, but really that would just kicking the can down the road because I wasn't really passionate about making that my career because I saw where that mostly led, which was in part something really enjoyable coming up and creating experiments to study human behavior

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