With your analysis of James�s history. Is it possible for someone to gain a lot of experience as an AP while being a student.
I do not see how that could be the case. He would have to spend a minimum of three days attending lectures and seminars each week, and then Chicago is not exactly right next to Las Vegas. To use an analogy-it would be like my attending college in London and jetting off to Romania to play blackjack- its just unrealistic to say how you could possibly do that on anything like that on a professional level.
In addition, James was obviously playing a commendably full part in the life of his university. At maximum, he could have got in about 25% of the hours a full-time pro would put in.
After he obtained post-graduate status, he probably would have had more freedom, but its still difficult for me to see how he could have played anything like as much as many GC pro's resident in Nevada, let alone an online gambler who can easily clock 12 hours each day.
Maybe I am mis-reading your post, but it sounds to me like you are accusing James of hypocrisy. I think you need stronger evidence that than before accusing somebody of hypocrisy.
This post was a response to the suggestion that James has more experience than me. I do not see how that could be possible with reference to the facts. Apart from anything else, he's too young. It would be like me saying I had played more than Don Schlesinger, just obviously not true.
Regarding hypocrisy, yes, I think its valid. He was very explicit in criticizing Wong and Blackwood and me for their lack of high-stakes play, in addition to slurring GC'ers (including you) in general. Even with Wong, who is an all-round advantage player periodically diverted to the study and practice of several different advantage play disciplines, its difficult to see how James could have clocked significantly more hours since attaining adulthood.
Regarding your "darksider" comments, some individuals may command respectable salaries, but one thing I think James would actually agree with me on is that you can make a hell of a lot more money from advantage play than almost anything else.