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Generation Next -- Lucas Rifkin

The Doctor is In

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jun 22, 2009

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Lucas Rifkin is not your usual college student who’s itching to turn poker professional after a few big cashes. Case in point: He recently took down the PokerStars $200 no-limit hold’em rebuy event for $41,000, and believe it or not, he stayed in school. Nor does he slam-dunk 30 tournaments a day while managing to slip a rare college class into a busy poker schedule. In reality, Rifkin plays most Wednesday evenings and every Sunday, the two days that poker becomes a relaxing respite away from an intense college grind. Stellar grades and graduation take precedence for Rifkin, who is in his fourth year of medical school at the University of Kentucky. A love of games led him to poker when friends dragged him to a home game. To learn more, he decided to dabble in online tournaments. Without the required bankroll for the higher buy-in events, Rifkin remained satisfied ...


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