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Tom Marchese Wins 2010 Player of the Year Title Youngest-Ever Winner

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Feb 01, 2011

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Anyone can get lucky in one tournament, but only world-class tournament professionals can do it week after week, month after month, in an effort to string together enough high-profile finishes to claim poker’s most respected honor, the Card Player Player of the Year (POY) award. Past winners have included the likes of Men Nguyen, T.J. Cloutier, David Pham, Daniel Negreanu, Tony Ma, John Phan, Michael Mizrachi, and Eric Baldwin. The 2010 winner is a 23-year-old from Parsippany, New Jersey. Introducing the “King of Cards” Tom Marchese was born to play cards, and has more than proven himself in the dog-eat-dog world of poker, but his rise to the top was anything but easy. Growing up in an ultraconservative Catholic home certainly didn’t help. “I was definitely more sheltered than most while growing up,” Marchese said. “When I was younger, I focused on my academics and tried to be the ideal ...


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