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A Poker Life: Curt Kohlberg

You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Nov 16, 2011

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High-stakes tournament regular Curt Kohlberg isn’t a full-time professional poker player, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his numbers. In just over a decade of part-time competition, the 53-year-old family man from Massachusetts has racked up nearly $2.2 million in earnings and has made four World Poker Tour final tables, along with a win at the Festa al Lago main event at Bellagio back in 2003. Poker aside, Kohlberg’s story is one of perseverance. As a young man, Kohlberg had his life nearly stripped away from him. In a span of just a few years, he lost a string of high-profile professional jobs and his wife left him, moving his son to Arizona, leaving him with nothing but his education and determination to build from. But you can’t keep a good man down. Instead of throwing in the towel, Kohlberg learned from his mistakes, changed his game, remarried ...


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