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SCI Superstar: Garrett Greer

There are a lot of ways to make a living after a spinal cord injury, but Garrett Greer may have one of the coolest professions any quadriplegic has landed post-injury – a professional poker player, and since 2012 he’s won over $3.6 million dollars.

He is 31 years old and a rising star on the World Poker Tour circuit, and a lifelong California boy currently living in Newport Beach who believes he was destined for the game. Long before his spinal cord injury he was already a diehard poker player, but Garrett’s accident brought him back after a brief stint in the movie production world.

Driven and dead-set on changing the stinging stereotype that most people would rather be dead than be like him (and maybe win some big bucks along the way), read up on the rising star of poker, Garrett Greer.

Why he’s fearless

Growing up in the sleepy town of Hemet, CA, Garrett was your typical young man dreaming of a bigger life, and he finally got his opportunity after graduating from high school, enrolling at UCLA. But he wasn’t sure how he was going to afford tuition. Fortunately, when he started college it was also when the big poker boom was happening online.

After discovering poker through an old high school buddy, he returned to college and began to study the mathematics and strategy of the game, and he was hooked. And he began to win right away, both online and at casinos near home. He began to win almost $7,000 a week, which he would use towards tuition. He was working towards a degree in sociology, with plans to go to law school.

That is exactly what he was planning on doing, even scoring a 163 on the law school entrance exam. But Garrett had another love, the movie industry. He left poker to produce a short film called Hours Before in 2010 with some of his winnings, and he was thrilled about his future in the business, but in March, just one day after his first day as a paid producer, he broke his neck in a swimming pool accident.

Waking up as a quadriplegic, Garrett knew he needed to refine his career, and he found himself returning to poker. Almost a year later he began playing poker again online, and he began to win just like before. By the end of 2011, Garrett even made his first appearance in-person playing at the Hustler casino, winning $18,000.

By 2013, the poker world began to notice Garrett when he finished seventh at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event, winning $161,300. And in March 2014, he finished six in the Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament and won a cool $174,080. He won another $230,487 later in 2014 when he finished 32nd place in the World Series of Poker main event. And at the $10,400 No-Limit Hold’em World Poker Tour in December 2014, he won a whopping $1,169,683

April and June of 2016 treated him very well. He had two second-place finishes. One was for $458,722 and the other was at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. He was playing in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker 1st & 2nd $1 Million GTD, winning $1,000,000 in a very tight game. “It was a life-changing amount,” he says.

What’s next?

Since his big win nearly a year ago, he has kept busy in 2016 on the pro-poker circuit, and he started a new venture – a TV and movie production company he founded with two friends, Greater Good Productions. Currently they’re working on a documentary about Garret’s life, and following him around as he travels and plays.

In January of 2015, he finished 17th in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament at the Atlantis resort, winning $79,400. Most recently he played the World Poker Tour in Montreal, and donated a portion of his winnings to the Life Rolls On Foundation.

Garrett also loves sharing his life on social media (which we highly highly recommend following). From sharing videos of his travels to his adventures with his fabulous girlfriend, Youtube fitness star Jessica Arevalo, his entire life is a giant motivational pill you actually want to swallow.

And we hope to see Garrett win another million-dollar jackpot soon. You have it in you, Garrett-boy. We believe in you.

Do you think playing cards is a great equalizer?

Do you think playing cards is a great equalizer?

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Watch his videos!

Season XIII WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Player Profile: Garrett Greer

Garrett gets 2nd place/wins $1 million in the World Series of Poker 2016

Garrett’s DIY: C6 Quadriplegic Getting Dressed in Wheelchair (Ties Shoes)

Source: A Poker Life: Garrett Greer (Cardplayer.com)

Hair, hair, hair (for any quadriplegic)

Post-injury, I’ve discovered really love getting my hair done. Talk about pleasure city central. Whether it’s getting it shampooed or I’m having a full-blown scalp massage…oh oh oh. Gotta love those nerves firing.

But my hair drives me crazy too, when it comes taking care of it as a C6 quadriplegic that is. Trying to do anything hair-related with paralyzed fingers, even if they‘re partially paralyzed, is never easy. However, if you can find inner-patience and tune into smarty-pants mode, there’s a lot you can still figure out. You just have to be in a wheelchair for awhile. Nothing comes overnight.

Meg Johnson, from “Meg’s Movies” (she shows how to do things around the house in a chair), is a C7 quadriplegic from Utah who we’ve profiled before, and she‘s been injured since 2004. In her latest video, Meg shows how she blow dries and styles her hair (using hair wax, and a comb cleverly bungeed to her right hand using a stretchy headband). Meg can dry, style and backcomb her hair (big hair is big in Utah, second only to Texas) in 10 minutes flat. She is so cute! Watch the video

And another crafty female C7 quadriplegic, SPINALpedia elizabethk, has figured out how to put up her hair in ponytail (using minimal triceps and barely there finger movement). Am I jealous? Mildly 🙂 Check it out

Greg Businelle meanwhile is a C4-5 quadriplegic from Houston, Texas and he’s been injured since 2000. Being several years post-injury, Greg has come up one of the best head-in-sink hair washing methods I’ve ever seen. The first thing he does: He installed a kitchen faucet with a retractable head, in his bathroom sink. Smart! It’s a large faucet with a wide spraying area, and it’s tall enough to put his head under.

Greg also bought an automatic hand soap dispenser and puts shampoo in it instead (so he didn’t have to fuss with shampoo caps). Brilliant, again. By having the great faucet, a big open counter and strategically-placed towels so he doesn’t get soaked, Greg is able to wash his hair 100% independently. Watch the video

Our last crafty quad is Garrett Greer, a C6 quadriplegic from Trabuco Canyon, CA. He was injured only 2 years ago, but dang if I ever – he’s already creating how-to videos! In his how-to shaving video, Garrett shows how (in less than 2 minutes) he can shave off his all of his facial hair, the hair on his head, even his sideburns, using an electric shaver. Plus, Garrett is pretty easy on the eyes. Must watch

I love these hair videos! They prove that with time (oh you pesky rascal you) you can figure out how a lot of seemingly impossible things post-injury. And you‘ll have an amazing hair day to boot. Can’t go wrong with that.

What tool is indispensable to your hair routine? Any quadriplegic hair tricks?

Watch the videos!

Meg’s Movie Minute – Episode 17: Styling Hair

Quadriplegic washing hair

C6 quadriplegic shaves off beard and head hair