Accounting grad wins World Series of Poker

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A New Jersey man who graduated with an accounting degree before becoming a professional poker player won $8.1 million in the World Series of Poker on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Scott Blumstein, 25, graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with an accounting major, but honed his poker skills online, according to the Associated Press. However, this was his first time competing in the World Series of Poker. He made it to the final table for the Texas Hold ’Em tournament along with eight other contestants after beating out 7,200 other players.

On the 246th hand at the table, he played against the second place finisher, Daniel Ott, for 60 hands and ultimately won with an ace of hearts and two of diamonds, according to the AP. Ott reportedly won $4.7 million.

“Still in shock & I’m not sure when it will sink in completely but for right now I’m just enjoying the moment,” he tweeted Sunday. “All the support means so much!”

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