Mark Blade was the valedictorian of his high-school, has a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from USC’s prestigious Marshall School Of Business. After attaining his M.B.A., he did what any other young man who was highly-educated and hotly pursued by the corporate world would do. He spurned all job offers and decided to play poker full-time instead. Having made his living from poker for over 10 years, he decided to share everything he has learned from his experience so that others could enjoy the same dream life he has had. Although he qualified for MENSA, the so-called club for geniuses,” which may explain how he got his nickname, The Poker Brain,” he writes in an engaging, down-to-earth manner, able to distill complex poker strategy and theorems into easily understood and instructional prose. He teaches in such an accessible way that anyone of any educational background and poker playing experience can soon learn exactly what it takes to play for a living.Blade, Mark is the author of 'Professional Poker The Essential Guide to Playing for a Living', published 2005 under ISBN 9780976595786 and ISBN 0976595788.