Dean, 24, of The Woodlands, recently placed seventh in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, earning $675,000 in his first tournament against Qiu Qiu Online Terpercaya veteran players.
His big winnings all began with a $32 stake.
“It cost me $32 to win the entry fee online,” Dean said.
The World Series of Poker has a $10,000 entry fee; last year’s tourney winner, accountant Chris Moneymaker (yes, the name is real) brought the game to broader popularity because he qualified in an online tournament.
“Texas Hold ‘Em,” as played in the World Series of Poker, is a no-limit game where a player can risk all his chips with every draw of a card, guaranteeing high-stakes action.
Dean, the son of Rick and Heather Dean of The Woodlands, was one of the youngest players in the tournament. A 1998 graduate of Oak Ridge High Qiu Qiu Online Terpercaya School and a member of its varsity tennis team, he graduated last year from Southwestern University in Georgetown with a degree in accounting.
He was introduced to “Texas Hold ‘Em” in college.
“I played for pennies at my frat house,” he said. “The guys would get together on Wednesday nights; and as we got more into the game, we’d bet more.”
Then last summer, Dean and his best friend went to Columbia, S.C., home of the University of South Carolina, hoping to make some Qiu Qiu Online Terpercaya summer cash as waiters.
“We were both overqualified and underqualified,” Dean said. “We couldn’t find jobs, so we started playing poker online and won about $1,000, which was enough money for the summer.”
After spending the fall semester in law school and determining that being an attorney wasn’t for him, Dean came back to The Woodlands and got a long-term math …