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Andy McClure, 21, looks nothing like someone making $70 an hour.
He wears the same old blue jeans and the same ragged T-shirts he’s
had since his freshman year at the University. If you didn’t know
better, you could swear his faded Yankees cap was surgically fixed to
his head. He spends most of his time in bare feet.
That’s the part McClure likes most about his story. Most college
students can only dream of a job that pays big bucks and allows them to
sit around with their friends watching TV or listening to music. But
that’s how McClure spends his time: hanging out and making money.
McClure is cashing in on America’s poker boom. He spends about 50
hours a week, he said, playing over the Internet. That’s earned him more
than $40,000 since the summer, when he first sat down in — or logged
into — an online poker room.
McClure cautions that’s just a fraction of what he expects to make
now that he doesn’t have school or any other obligations to detract from
his playing time. In 2005, McClure thinks he’ll make at least $200,000.
"That’s a conservative estimate," he said, noting that he could win
several hundred thousand with a strong performance in a large
tournament. Since Jan. 1, McClure has made about $18,000 online, he
McClure plays Texas Hold ‘Em, the seven-card game made popular by the
World Series of Poker and other televised events. An inordinate surge of
interest in the game nationwide is filling casinos, and social games
among friends are making college students into poker aficionados.
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