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Poker player starts new life, wins a WSOPC tournament

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Poker player starts new life, wins a WSOPC tournament

At 55 years old, Kevin Lott made a bold decision. He quit his job of 31 years, sold his house and started a new venture in his life – that of a full-time poker player. He has already started showing positive results, winning his first WSOPC title and boosting his career winnings to $126,368.

Lott took down the $400 NLHE Big Blind Ante event at the WSOPC Planet Hollywood series, outlasting a field of 128 players. The first-place prize was $11,826 – certainly not enough to make a decent living, but enough to keep him going. His best cash to date came last year at the 13th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship, where he took home $97,233 after finishing fifth at the $1,100 NLHE event.

It only took two hours for Lott to win the title after the start of Day 2. He beat Jim Pifer in the final heads-up battle, with Pifer having to settle for $7,310. Third place went to Brent Ballentine, who earned $5,277.

Lott, a rising poker star out of Utah, has had a number of final table appearances this year. In fact, in just the past two months, he has reached nine final tables, earning more than $22,000. Given that his first cash prize, according to Hendon Mob, came in July of last year, he has shown that he can run with the best of them.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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