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Another DMV Kid Wins a Poker Title

(Courtesy WSOP/IMPDI)

I said last night that the Nats' win in Yankee Stadium might be the highlight of the month for D.C. sports, although in the sober gray of morning I'm thinking maybe I went too far. The Wizards could make a franchise-changing trade or draft pick. Ovechkin could win more hardware. Plus, of course, the DMV claimed another championship this week: 26-year old Leo Wolpert--native of Fairfax, law student at Virginia, summer intern with the Nevada chapter of the ACLU--pulled more than $650,000 by winning the Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em title at the World Series of Poker. The best-of-three final took more than eight hours.

Wolpert, a Michigan grad who spent two years as a poker pro before enrolling at UVA behind his poker winnings, bought in for $10,000. That's not a bad return. Give up on the law school thing, my friend.

"The University of Virginia is a top-ten school," Wolpert told "I had a big score last year, so that has been helping to finance my education."

Oh, and he also once competed on "Jeopardy," as things turn out, losing to Ken Jennings somewhere in the middle of Jennings's record winning streak. If he can land three or four more bizarre experiences before he turns 30--say, a pick-up game against Obama and an appearance on CNN to defend the free speech rights of anti-government protesters--he's gotta be on the fast track to a movie deal.

Also, Brock Parker, the Silver Spring kid I've previously mentioned, now has won two titles at the WSOP. So of the first 29 events, three were won by 20-something suburban D.C. kids. Remember this when people start coming out with their D.C. Sports Best-Of'09 entries in December.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
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Too soon. I haven't forgiven ESPN and UVA for last night.

Posted by: sitruc | June 18, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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