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I began as an expert

But later my skills are still recognized.

Once a fire was started within me

And after asking why I did it all

You'll find I was heavy into gambling.

Hint 1:

What is another name for an expert?

Hint 1b:

Payment is important for this expert.

Hint 2:

What is another term for skills?

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    $\begingroup$ Why the downvotes? Riddle haters still lurking around? $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 10:31

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I think it's

PROBABILITY

Firstly, this fits the title.

I began as an expert

A pro

But later my skills are still recognized.

My ability

Once a fire was started within me

I started to burn ... we want the first letter of the word burn. (Alternatively this could mean lit, which appears in the word probability - thanks Moghwyn!)

And after asking why I did it all

"why" = Y, at the end of the word

You'll find I was heavy into gambling.

Well, that could be just another reference to the whole thing, like the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice! Perfectly done. $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Mar 11, 2015 at 14:01
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I began as an expert

Also known as a "pro".

But later my skills are still recognized.

Due to your "abilities".

Once a fire was started within me

The fire was "lit".

And after asking why I did it all
You'll find I was heavy into gambling.

Putting it all together, gambling is based on "probabilities", which I assume to be the answer.

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    $\begingroup$ Two minutes too late, I should type faster. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Moghwyn
    Mar 11, 2015 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ Ninja'd, I'm afraid! :-) +1 anyway. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 14:03
  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done as well. $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Mar 11, 2015 at 15:40
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How about:

Better?

Expert, recognized skills:

Better ability than peers.

Fire 'within':

Inner letters are "ette", which is apparently colloquial for an incensed feeling http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Ette.

Gambling:

someone who bets = better.

It doesn't fits the hint particularly well, though.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice try. Not quite what I am looking for. You've actually hit on something in your second section that is worth looking at more. $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Mar 11, 2015 at 13:47

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