Impossible to make any sort of significant money now playing. Is it still possible to make money on poker? You can even win without spending a penny by playing in freerolls. Is it now much harder to make good money on.
Work still seemed to require discipline, because only hard problems yielded grand results, and hard problems couldn't literally be fun. Surely one had to force oneself to work on online them.
Which is not to say you have to spend all your time working. You can only work so much before you get tired and start to screw up.
It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you'd like to like. That's what leads people to try to write novels, for example.