Haseeb Qureshi, the former professional poker player, has now taken to writing e-books and donating to charity. Having retired from professional poker, Qureshi has donated all his poker earnings.
Qureshi, who began playing professional poker at the tender age of 18, became an internationally renowned high-stakes poker player in five years. He not only became a Red Pro on Full Tilt Poker, but also one of the best poker instructors of the time. At the age of 21, he became very successful, but things changed when his friend Jose Macedo was found cheating at the poker tables.
A shocked Haseeb Qureshi had to tell several lies to cover up his relationship with Macedo.
As a result, he made a lot of mistakes and had to retire from playing poker professionally. He then returned to Texas, re-established his ties with his family and friends, and completed his education.
Two years after quitting from the game, Qureshi donated as much as $75,000 in poker earnings to charity and gave away some of his assets to his parents so that they can lead a comfortable retired life. He said:
I just want to start from scratch. Poker was a rough life while I was in it. But now that I’ve been away for a while, I realize just how kind it was to me. I’m trying to move forward in my life, and just do what I can to help people. Poker gave me more than I ever needed, so it feels like the right thing to do to pay it forward.
After retiring from professional poker, Qureshi had begun writing an e-book titled “How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker” which he has just finished. The book is an in-depth exploration of the philosophy, psychology, and strategy of the game of poker and can be downloaded at Qureshi’s website www.haseebq.com as well as on Amazon for $2.99
Qureshi, who had been among the lead poker instructors at prominent poker instruction websites such as Cardrunners and Deucescracked, has trained more than 100 poker pros. Since he retired from the game, he has not played a single hand but has devoted most of his time to teaching other players. Today, he is a mind coach and teaches players how to overcome their fears and keep their emotions under control while playing poker. He has also published a number of articles on poker theory on his website.