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Bryan Campanello: Living Every Poker Player’s Dream

by Bernard Lee |  Published: Oct 01, 2014


In January of 2013, a 21-year-old student decided to spend his winter break playing in the World Series of Poker (WSOPC) Circuit at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. A true fan of poker, the junior from University of North Texas dreamed of competing against the players he had seen for years on television. After two cashes during the series, including a fourth-place finish in the $1,675 main event, Bryan Campanello earned more than $100,000. Additionally, he realized that he had accumulated significant points and could qualify for the 2013 WSOP National Championship, held in May in New Orleans.   Although he returned to Denton, Texas to resume his studies, Campanello calculated that he would be able to play in nearby WSOP Circuit events on weekends and also during spring break to earn points for the WSOP National Championship. After a couple of cashes (one in Tunica, Mississippi and one in West Palm Beach, Florida), ...

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