“TheWacoKidd” Pockets Cool Half Million In World Series of Poker Event

31-year-old Jared Hamby is known to the online poker community as “TheWacoKidd.”

Now the former Baylor University student, who gave up school to gamble on his skills with the cards, has pocketed $525,272 and picked up a coveted gold bracelet by winning a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas.

The win brings his winnings to $2.220,282.


Hamby found it hard to conceal his excitement. Following his impressive win, he tweeted to his fans: “We did it! Feels like a dream come true, because it is. Send the WSOP bracelet + 525k my way. Thanks so much for all the sweats and congrats.”

Born in Elkhart, Indiana, Hamby moved to Waco where he bgan playing mixed poker games at the age of 13. Three years ago he began playing hold ‘em.

He started by playing low stakes limit online and built up his bankroll and then quickly gained success in live tournaments.

In 2007, Hamby began to get recognized, taking down three World Poker Tour preliminary events. including two no-limit events at the Five Star World Poker Classic and another at the Mirage Poker Showdown.

At the WPT Mandalay Bay Poker Championship, he made a run at a main event title but finished runner up. He has nearly $1.8 million in tournament winnings.

According to the World Series of Poker website, Hamby overcame a big chip deficit to win Event #40 No-Limit Hold’em after beating more than 2,100 other players in three days on the way to his first WSOP championship.

“I just tried to make the best decisions I could all tournament long,” Hamby told media after winning the event. “I passed up a lot of spots where I could have gambled, and I didn’t.”

The WSOP $1,500 NL event attracted a good sized field to create a prize pool worth $2,917,350. Amongst the notable names booking a cash at the tournament was Roberto Romanello in 191st ($2,888), Max Lykov in 170th ($3,150), David Sklansky in 157th ($3,150), Andrew Lichtenberger in 52nd ($8,372), Kara Scott in 17th ($18,700), and Allen Cunningham in 10th ($29,961).

After the final table of nine was set, Hamby eliminated Richard Dubini in 7th ($66,544), and Matt Berkey in 6th ($89,008), before eventually beating Peter Hengsakul heads-up to claim the WSOP bracelet.

The final table payouts were as follows: 1 Jared Hamby — $525,272 2 Peter Hengsakul — $325,780 3 Allan Vrooman — $230,178 4 Nicolas Fierro — $165,501 5 Joao Dorneles Neto — $120,574 6 Matt Berkey — $89,008 7 Richard Dubini — $66,544 8 Fred Berger — $50,382 9 David Nicholson — $38,625.

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