Born and raised on a hippie commune/grow-op in British Columbia, Steven Stradbrooke is likely high right this second. Steven began writing at an early age, leading to his being expelled from high school one month from graduation for publishing an op-ed in the school paper suggesting the theme for the prom should be the Jim Carroll Band’s ‘These Are People Who Died’. Steven later moved to Los Angeles, where he penned numerous adult film screenplays under the pseudonym Phil E. Cheesedick. Following a brief but productive stint with Hallmark Cards, Steven discovered online gambling, and has been struggling to work off his debt to Calvin Ayre ever since. If you run into Steven at the bar, he¹ll have a Stradbrooke (three parts Rémy Martin champagne cognac, one part green Original Sport Aqua Velva).
Forbes has done a nice profile on PokerStars founders Isai and Mark Scheinberg, and how they turned a Toronto-based software company into the world’s biggest online poker room (which expects to deal its 40 billionth hand sometime this month).