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Generation Next -- Steven Merrifield

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jun 11, 2009

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Upon graduating with a finance degree from the University of West Virginia, Steven Merrifield wanted to pursue his dream of playing poker professionally, but his mother hated the fact that her son gambled. To please his mom, he turned his back on having his name up in ESPN lights and reluctantly took a job as an insurance salesman in nearby Pittsburgh. The next six months were hell for him, stuck in a dead-end job, dreading a dead-end life. Then, a much-ballyhooed opening of a West Virginia casino finally materialized. By day he hustled insurance, by night he hustled the locals in a $5-$10 no-limit hold’em game. Life was sweet again. Merrifield’s poker bankroll grew to $15,000, and his spirits soared as he reveled in the game he loved. Then, one day his mother surprised him with a gift that would change his life. “I believe it to be the turning ...


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