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.
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.)
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)
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.'
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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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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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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