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Generation Next -- Vanessa Peng

Vanessa Peng Foregoes a Career in Law for Poker’s Bright Lights

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jun 11, 2010


Life is strange, just ask Vanessa Peng. The effervescent, petite brunette grew up with big dreams. For Peng, life wasn’t about playing with dolls. It was more likely that her Barbie was a lawyer for the people, defending a client against an evil corporate attorney named Ken. So, it came as no surprise when she enrolled in Virginia’s prestigious law school, Washington and Lee University. So far, so good, right? But life threw her a motion that she couldn’t deny, a boyfriend who played poker. Peng was fiercely competitive while growing up, engaging in intense video-game battles with an older brother. Poker appeared to be a fun video game, and seemed easy. So, she couldn’t wait to deposit $25 online. But just as fast, she watched it disappear. Not one to give up easily, she persevered. She scoured the Internet and found sites that taught poker theory and bankroll management. ...

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