“When I saw what kind of money he was making, I decided that I wanted to do the same,” Scott said. “I asked him to teach me what he had learned about the game. Halfway through my second year at OU, I had moved up in stakes many times and was making so much money that I decided to switch career paths.”
A poker pro was born, and while he mostly focuses on cash games, he also occasionally plays tournaments. A $30,000 win in an online tournament allowed him to jump up in stakes, and he now plays live in casinos more since the federal crackdown on online poker. His favorite game is Pot Limit Omaha. He made the final table last year at the same tournament he won at the World Series of Poker this year, winning $40,000 for eighth place in 2011. Omaha is similar to Texas Hold'em, but each player receives four cards and must play two cards in his hand and three of the five community cards. When at home, Scott is a regular at several Oklahoma casinos, including any Pot Limit Omaha cash games.
Currently, poker is his full-time profession, and his parents and girlfriend are supportive of his poker life. So far, Scott has no major plans for his winnings.
“I don't really have any plans for the money right now, other than using it to continue playing poker. I took my girlfriend shopping here in Las Vegas kind of as a thank you to her for her continued support. I now plan on playing the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, to hopefully pick up my second bracelet.”
Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer based in Rockwall, Texas, and covers poker for The Oklahoman. His new book is “Raising the Stakes: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering and Poker Faces,” available at www.RaisingtheStakesbook.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.