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A Poker Life -- Brent Hanks

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Apr 01, 2013

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For a few years, it looked like Brent Hanks would follow his father and sister into the education field. The upstate New York native spent his first three years out of college teaching grade school, loving every second of it, but ultimately, something was lacking. Hanks had a passion for poker, a passion that had translated into quite the profitable hobby during his spare time. After building a bankroll that would make any teacher jealous, Hanks made the tough decision to put his newfound career on hold in order to chase a new one in Las Vegas. In the roughly six years since he took that leap of faith, Hanks has earned nearly $3 million in combined live and online tournament winnings. This summer, after numerous close calls, the 30-year-old etched his name into poker history by winning his first career World Series of Poker bracelet. Here’s at how one ...


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