Yea that would be quite a sum, 200k. I personally do not like the idea of putting up that kind of money on a game of cards. Granted poker can be a game of skill, but skill can only get you so far, or as we say in Black Jack, luck is no match for an unfriendly shoe.
To amass that kind of fortune, even in 3 years time means you probably have a good capability at amassing money and that can be converted into wealth. We all have a desire to make more than we earn, If I got a hankering for poker, I play $2 buy in with my friends and we get real competitive even though neither of us are going to get rich off of $2 buy ins. I've never been a gambling addict and perhaps I can not understand the feeling of needing to wager large amounts of money on a game of cards, but I recommend against playing anymore casino games with significant amounts of money on the line.
I play the stock market to feed my need to "gamble" but its not gambling, its called investing. Albeit you can also lose your shirt in the stock market, if your smart about it, just like in poker, you can amass a large amount of wealth to work for you rather than you being stuck working your job the rest of your life. I know they say that money doesn't grow on trees but in a bull-market it sure as heck feels like it and even if things go south, due to Wallstreet owning D.C. politicians, the tax-payers almost always step in to bail us wall-street types. At my meager earnings and dividend returns, Im well on my way to retiring early and having close to $2 million by the time Im 50. If I work a 2nd job and get those wages invested with a good compound interest return, I could increase my wealth by the time I am 50 even more.
I do understand compulsive spending moreso than compulsive gambling, I use to build street cars for drag racing and would spend ungodly amounts of money on stupid car modifications under the hope that some day I could gamble money on drag races against my car and win. I never once gambled and the car broke down so often I only went to the track 2x in my entire 5 years of tuning cars for drag-racing. The amount of compound interest I could of earned off what I stupidly put into cars alone could add up to several hundred thousand in perhaps 2 decades, but it all went away like a fart in the wind. As I say now, if I hadnt stupidly built up a POS unreliable 11 second MR2 Turbo 3-4 years ago, I could own a turn-key 9 second MR2 today plus close to 10k left over.
Anyways, be smart about your finances now that your willing to give up the dream of being a self-made millionaire from your poker skill, don't risk money on stupid card games or dice, or slot machines. Look into investing rather than attempting an easy way to financial success in life through winning poker games and such. This might go against the grain of compulsive-gambling forums but if I got a hankering to gamble, I play very low-stakes game, I am not willing to lose more than $50 when I enter a casino, and I visit this forum often enough to keep me scared from becoming an addict, through your guys stories on gambling addiction.
Stay strong, be smart