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PokerStars Help Wanted Ad Seeks Online Grinders

Tired of the daily online poker grind that is becoming more and more difficult as players previously regarded as ‘fish’ are either disappearing or are using the many resources available to become much more skilled on the felt and less fishy? The parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt is offering an opportunity to “a regular online poker player” with at least two years of experience to trade in variance for a stable paycheck.

The Rational Group has posted an opening for a “Poker Data Specialist” who knows a thing or two about online poker to toil away at the company’s Isle of Man headquarters. A recent tweet announcing the position identified the job as being “cool,” but also advised potential applicants that “you need to know your stuff.” Don’t forget that PokerStars has twice been voted as a “Great Place to Work.”

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Poker Innovation & Projects, the job opening requires “knowledge and understanding of online poker and online poker players” in order to be considered for the position and, ultimately, succeed. Expectations of the successful applicant include the ability to “support development and implementation of new promotions and software features by combining technical and poker knowledge” that will be used to support and enhance various business decisions.

More than a passing familiarity with computers is required, as “large scale database experience” and “expertise in writing and tuning complex SQL statements” are some of the skills sought by Rational Group. Also in high demand are self-motivation, an ability to go with the flow when priorities change, resiliency, effectiveness in communication, and a highly-analytical mind that is often found to be an attribute of successful online poker players.

The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea almost equidistant between Ireland and Great Britain. The population is currently slightly more than 80,000, most of whom were born in Ireland or Britain. The climate is typically cool, with mild winters and summers on the cool side.

For those who may be interested in the position and are perhaps hoping to exchange those long hours grinding in front of a computer screen for a cushy 9 to 5, better think twice. The position available requires the “willingness to work long and unsociable hours when necessary,” according to the essential skills and capabilities as outlined on the job posting.

That last requirement may seem to some as conflicting with the “Great Place to Work” title. But then again, what office job doesn’t require overtime when the situation warrants it? Resumes are being accepted through the end of this month.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.