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A Poker Life: Sam Barnhart

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by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Sep 07, 2011


Sam Barnhart is a 50-year-old software analyst and researcher from Little Rock, AR. He has worked in the field of informatics, which combines his knowledge of computer science and biology (He holds degrees in both subjects) for years as his chosen career. He has also played poker since his childhood and it stuck with him as a serious hobby in his adult life. Barnhart would frequent the casinos in Tunica, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region, playing in tournaments and playing in limit hold’em games as high as $20-$40 during the years he has been working after college. “I started playing poker when I was a youngster but really when I got serious with it was when I got out of college when I graduated in ’92. Tunica opened up casinos down here. Of course we always had home games with our friends, nothing major, but when the casinos got ...

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