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University Student Wins Big Playing Online Poker
Some call it a sport; others call it a hobby or an addiction. Finance
sophomore Brandon Ressler calls it his job. The North Dakota native
said he spends 20 hours a week playing online poker at online casinos.
He said that he started in February after figuring he could beat the
majority of online players he observed. Since Ressler started playing,
the 19-year-old said, he has made approximately $10,000 before taxes,
money he diverts to his Roth IRA retirement account and uses for
But Ressler said his sizeable winnings are no big deal. There
arent any long-term benefits to having this sort of job, he said.
After saving $100 he won in poker games on campus and around the Twin
Cities, Ressler said, he opened a cash account with an online poker
site, despite his friends efforts to discourage him. They all tried
to talk me out of it
they thought I was going to lose everything,
Ressler said. He said he doubled his buy-in, or the amount of money a
player starts a game with, on the first day.
Twelve days later, Ressler said, he had $1,000 in his account.
Ressler said he puts approximately 20 hours a week into online casinos
gaming, earning approximately $300 per week. He said that figure is
approximately double the hourly rate of what he made working at a
grocery store, McDonalds or the Bismarck, N.D., Parks and Recreation
Ressler said his success encouraged two of his friends to join
within a month, but a third friend was skeptical. I figured that
after a couple of big wins, the online casinos would take all of your
money, like the slots do, said Casey Litchke, a University student
and Resslers friend.
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