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From College Dropout to Multiple Bracelet Winner

Brock Parker Discusses How He Got His Start

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: Jul 24, 2009

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He lasted only one year at the University of Maryland. Spending all of his time playing limit poker online, Brock Parker wasn’t getting much studying done. His parents were extremely worried. His friends thought he was crazy. He admits that he was a bit of a “degenerate,” but nearly 10 years later, Parker finds himself near the top of the Card Player 2009 Player of the Year standings midway through the World Series of Poker. “My dad was trying to make me join the Army after I dropped out,” said Parker, a concept that many people might find amusing when looking at the full-bearded 27-year-old pro who has earned a reputation online with his mobster persona of “t_soprano” on PokerStars. Although there are plenty of military members who play online poker, Parker knew that the Army probably wasn’t the best fit for him. Instead, he wanted to try to make ...


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