Meet The Young Poker Studs Getting Screwed By Friday’s Big Crackdown

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Efforts to tamp down online trading peaked today as the FBI shut down at least 3 major online poker websites (Full Tilt and Absolute Poker and Poker Stars).

And remember there’s a thriving world of young, online poker studs making a killing, weighing the odds, making bold bets, and never leaving the house.

So if the shut down spreads further, the young online poker whizzes who thought they had their career paths laid out in front of them might have to re-evaluate their life plans.

Maybe hedge funds should take Moore Capital’s lead and recruit these guys.

We’ve gone through and founds some of the big online poker winners.

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title=”19 year-old Zachary Gruneberg”
content=”Handle: HustlerGrune

Lifetime winnings: $562,372

Zachary dropped out of Penn State to play online poker professionally.

‘I got this sick ring. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.’ (After a win.)

Watch a full video interview with Zachary.
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title=”19 year-old Craig Bergeron”
content=”Handle: “hu4rollz”

Lifetime winnings: $600,946

‘The flight sucked. I actually got sick on the flight. But hopefully I’ll win and make up for it.’ (On what it was like to leave his computer and play live.)

Watch his video interview.
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title=”20 year-old Jake Toole”
content=”Handles: “psutennis11″and “hwtd1”

Lifetime winnings: $1,147,359

Jake quit college tennis to play poker while finishing up school at Penn State. He changed his major too.

‘I just switched my degree from marketing to psychology this fall and I have two years left. I’m actually looking forward to it,’ Jake says.

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title=”Youngster Eric Ladny”
content=”Handles: Avril Sharapova, psuNYY51, SARAHPALIN12

Lifetime winnings: $1,187,170

‘Big Ftops weekend, gonna try to do my best jake toole impression.’ (From Eric’s Twitter page. Jake Toole is another one of our Online Poker Whizzes – friendly rivalry?)

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title=”21 year-old Scott Hall”
content=”Handles: stpauli111, AkonSmackDat, scottdog25

Lifetime winnings: $1,243,793

‘For some reason, I just felt like naming myself after the beer company, St. Pauli Girl. I don’t even like that type of beer, I just thought it would be a cool name. [Laughing] So, I went with it. It was just the first thing that came to mind.’ (On his handle.)

‘When I went to school, I was an English major, and that’s kind of weird, really. I kind of like reading and writing — it’s probably my best subject — but it’s kind of weird. None of my friends are in any of my classes because they’re all business majors, and I think that’s another reason I quit; it was really unenjoyable.’ (On school.)

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title=”20-year old Jonathan Delong”
content=”Handle: xxjondxx, shipaholic

Lifetime winnings: $1,282,835

Jonathan’s hobbies: Hockey, sleep, knitting

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title=”29-year old Kevin MacPhee”
content=”Handles: ImaLuckSac, Wu_Wizard

Lifetime winnings: $1,300,981

‘The day I was born I broke a record for the biggest baby born in my county that year. A whopping 11 pounds 7 ounces. Some may have shrugged off such a feat. However, it is clear now that it was foreshadowing of things to come.’ (From Kevin’s myspace page)

Watch an interview with Kevin.
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title=”20-year old Brandon Hall”
content=”Handle: AreTheseUtz

Lifetime winnings: $1,437,288

Anchor: ‘I think the closing party is just about to get started – you going to be over there?’

Brandon: ‘Yeah, I’ll be over there.’

Watch the full interview with Brandon.
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title=”20-year old Nick Mitchell”
content=”Handle: “agriffrod”

Lifetime winnings: $1,486,399

‘Learning a lot of the maths versus other chip stacks, and learning how to steal and not raise-fold with 13 big blinds (laughing). Once I started playing more, I began to recognise the situations that come up over and over again.’ (On how he got good.)

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title=”25-year old Aditya Agarwal”
content=”Handle: intervention

Lifetime winnings: $1,628,529

He’s a big fan of cricket, golf, and hip-hop music, and is one of the most well liked players on the tournament trail. (More about Aditya.)

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title=”Young gun David Sands”
content=”Handle: SirSands, Doc Sands

Lifetime winnings: $1,646,855

‘I knew my stack would hurt him, and I also felt that he expected me to four-bet or fold. I feel my flat represented a lot of strength, which ultimately enabled me to win the pot with what was almost certainly the worst hand.’ (After a win. Read a full interview with David.)

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title=”23-year old Steve Billirakis”
content=”Handle: ‘MrSmokey1’

Lifetime winnings: $1,960,249

‘You have to get lucky at least twice to win a tournament’ (From Steve’s wikipedia page.)

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title=”22-year old Shaun Deeb”
content=”Handles: shaundeeb, tedfishfry

Lifetime winnings: $2,262,618

He’s great at monopoly, too! ‘fun night at freakingfrogs might be a new weekly hangout crushed tt at monopoly he was impressed post game analysis.’ (From Shaun’s twitter page.)

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title=”19-year old Harrison Gimbel”
content=”Handles: gibler321, this is punny, Rikish

Lifetime winnings: $2,767,423

He became the youngest ever winner of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. He took home $2.2 million that day. (More about Harrison.)

‘I feel like a young rock star,’ he said after winning.

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title=”23-year old Mike Sowers”
content=”Handle: Sowerss

Lifetime winnings: $3,258,065

The ability to manage my money well. This is far overlooked by many of the top players. (On his greatest skill)

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title=”21-year old Yevgeniy Timoshenko”
content=”Handles: CONVIVIALGUY, Shenk0, Jovial Gent, timosy…

Lifetime Winnings: $6,182,462

Yevgeniy won the World Championship Of Online Poker in 2009.

‘Things just went my way,’ he said after one victory. ‘I’m really happy for that. The final table was extremely tough. All of the guys at the table could play, so I didn’t expect to win, but hoped I would and it worked out.’

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title=”Want to learn how to make millions playing poker?”
content=”Chris Ferguson, who started FullTilt.com has a few poker tips for you.
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