Every poker player has his back-in-the-day story, and most poker players who didn’t have their day around a casino have a story of a game they played where they paid to play.

Just about any city without a casino has a list of people willing to host poker games for a cut of the action, and unlike Vegas, it’s not 10% up to $4. It’s not uncommon to find games (even small games) where $20 gets raked out of every pot.

It was just that kind of highway robbery that led one of our newest WCOOP winners to where he is today.

“In my previous hometown, the live poker was all underground games with extremely large rake,” Brent “Astrolux85” Roberts told us recently.

The 24-year-old college graduate went from that environment to playing live and online where he has since turned himself into a successful professional poker player, and a pretty wealthy one. Just a few days back, Roberts won $210,000 in 2009 WCOOP WCOOP Event #36.

“It was extremely exciting,” he said. “It has been a very long time since my last big online MTT final table. These chances don’t come everyday, so I wanted to make the best of it, of course.”


Roberts’ WCOOP win almost matches his biggest single win ever. Less than a year go, Roberts won the WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s in Atlantic City for $285,000. He currently has more than $800,000 in live winnings to go along with his untold number of online cashes.

“I learned poker by discussing strategy with friends. Having two poker playing college roommates when I was a senior in college is when it really clicked, regardless of having prior success,” he said.

With a WSOP circuit ring and WCOOP bracelet in his trophy case, it’s now on to winning a WSOP bracelet.

“Piece of cake,” he said.


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