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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.