Even it was kind of educating, it could be further extended.
The subject of the life of a pro gambler has many facets!
For example, it would be interesting to realize why when the vast majority plays in order to win, to win money or enjoy the winning feeling, they are reluctant to admit it.
This is quite common and happens because if they would admit that they are playing to win, then if they would lose, it would cost them more emotionally!
In a way, they grow a pessimistic approach regarding gambling in order to protect themselves from psychological downfalls.
Also another very important aspect which you have not included is about how society considers gamblers and gambling in general!
There are cases that even a successful pro hides his/her real identity/activity, not only for casinos and general public, but even from his/her loved ones, their inner social cycle.
Is this happening because they practice an illegal and/or unethical activity?
No, it's because society has developed a certain tag for these kind of people and their activities, so an even successful pro would prefer to appear a "vitrine" rather than try to explain them what's really his/her situation.
It's much more convenient, isn't it?
On the end, there is not bad intention to deceive with lies and a fake "vitrine", but from the other hand is almost impossible to change the longterm based beliefs of a society, besides why to prove it to all of those people out there when the only thing which really matters is to convince him/herself.
I'd be glad to see an extension of this very interesting article on the near future, those issues have to deal mostly with the perception and the psychology around gambling.
Another important facet is how casinos use indirect psychologic weapons against their clients, plenty of examples could be mentioned...
For example, how casinos try to entice you with complimentaries, bonuses,how casinos use distractions methods, why they avail ATM's in every corner inside their casino...and lot of other minor and major indirect psychological weapons.
I'm not saying that these are illegal, but if most of their clients have an impulsive attitude instead of discipline and patience, then you make a difficult objective even more difficult!
Kav, would you extend this very interesting article towards the issues I've just described?