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Joseph Cheong Player of the Year Contender Calls The Road His Home

Cheong Dominates In 2012, Proving He’s Not A One Hit Wonder

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Dec 26, 2012

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For the last three years, Joseph Cheong has called the road his home. The 26-year-old poker pro has lived out of suitcase while traveling the poker circuit, putting his stamp on the world map in the form of over $6.3 million in tournament earnings. Cheong, who moved to Palos Verdes, California from his native Korea in 1992, originally planned on a career on Wall Street. After getting degrees in mathematics, economics and psychology from the University of California, San Diego, Cheong turned to poker, which is always hiring, even in a sluggish economy. The gamble paid off and Cheong is now regarded as one of the best young tournament players in the game today. Cheong made a name for himself with his $4.1 million score at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event, but he’s spent his time since proving that he wasn’t a one-hit wonder. In 2012 alone, ...


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