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WPT Boot Camp alumni have had tremendous success at all levels of play. We are very proud of their accomplishments and invite you to read about some of them here.
Sean Jazayeri: Defeats Star-Studded Final Table to Win L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Title and $1.4 Million
Sean Jazayeri: Defeats Star-Studded Final Table to Win L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Title and $1.4 Million

When Sean Jazayeri enrolled in WPT Boot Camp, he had one goal:  to improve his poker game.  A dedicated student, Sean didn’t just stop with one WPT Boot Camp.  He took three:  Tournament Camp, the...more

Ken Lind: Retiree Wins WSOP Bracelet and $634,809
Ken Lind: Retiree Wins WSOP Bracelet and $634,809

Ever since he retired from his job at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Ken Lind has been putting together a bucket list of things he wanted to do before, as he puts it, “I start pushing grass up.”   Ken wanted to...more

Bob Buckenmayer:  Retiree Turns Semi-Pro and Wins $369,026 in WSOP Main Event
Bob Buckenmayer: Retiree Turns Semi-Pro and Wins $369,026 in WSOP Main Event

Bob Buckenmayer has been playing poker since he was a teenager.  But it was only when he discovered WPT Boot Camp that his game turned serious.  First he became a serious cash game player, earning such a substantial...more

Lee Childs: Final-Tables WSOP Main Event Three Months After WPT Boot Camp, Wins $705,000
Lee Childs: Final-Tables WSOP Main Event Three Months After WPT Boot Camp, Wins $705,000

When Lee Childs took his first WPT Boot Camp he had an online tournament Return on Investment (ROI) of negative 88 percent.  Basically, that means for every dollar he invested in a tournament, he lost 88 cents!  Although...more

Bob Carbone:  Retiree Takes Down 3rd Place and $166,271 at World Poker Tour Final Table
Bob Carbone: Retiree Takes Down 3rd Place and $166,271 at World Poker Tour Final Table

A retired pawnbroker in Westerly, Rhode Island, Bob Carbone never expected to find himself on television, playing down the Final Table at the World Poker Tour’s Foxwoods event.  A successful cash-game player who helped...more

Marguerite Spagnuolo: Mother of Two Becomes Professional Cash Game Player
Marguerite Spagnuolo: Mother of Two Becomes Professional Cash Game Player

Marguerite Spagnuolo has been playing poker since she was seven years old, when her dad ran a weekly home game in the family basement. She grew up playing hold’em, which her father called “52"—five on the board...more

Joe Sidoryk:  Electronics Entrepreneur Wins Two Triple Crowns and $1 Million in Online Cashes
Joe Sidoryk: Electronics Entrepreneur Wins Two Triple Crowns and $1 Million in Online Cashes

Joe Sidoryk is the co-owner of Phoenix Display International, a company that designs and makes LCD modules.  He’s also a serious online poker player who has cashed for more than $1 million in multitable tournament play...more

Tom O’Neal:  Teacher Takes 2nd Place in WSOP Bracelet Race for $375,000
Tom O’Neal: Teacher Takes 2nd Place in WSOP Bracelet Race for $375,000

Tom O’Neal’s poker journey has lasted more than 16 years, starting with a home game and culminating at the final table of a World Series of Poker $1500 bracelet event.  He still recalls his first encounter with...more

Kelli Shields: Human Resources Specialist Puts Daughter Through College on Poker Winnings
Kelli Shields: Human Resources Specialist Puts Daughter Through College on Poker Winnings

Kelli Shields had played for several years in home games and at her local bar league in Fort Worth.  But the real turning point in her poker play came when she took a WPT Boot Camp. “It was such a wonderful...more

Bob Hoy: Computer Engineer Retiring to Vegas to Play Poker
Bob Hoy: Computer Engineer Retiring to Vegas to Play Poker

"Virginia” Bob Hoy has been playing poker since he was 10 years old.  But he says that it wasn’t until he took a course with WPT Boot Camp that he began “really playing the game the way the game should be...more

David Souter: Executive Leaves Corporate World to Become Full-Time Sit & Go Pro
David Souter: Executive Leaves Corporate World to Become Full-Time Sit & Go Pro

David Souter’s first real poker experience came as a young man visiting his uncle in South Dakota, when he played limit lowball at the local cardrooms. He set himself to learn the game, reading everything he could find, and...more

James Jewell:  Postal Worker Final-Tables a Record-Breaking WSOP Event for $100,594
James Jewell: Postal Worker Final-Tables a Record-Breaking WSOP Event for $100,594

James Jewell’s day job is an automated machine operator for the U.S. Postal Service in Fort Worth.  For the past several years, poker was a fairly serious hobby.  Then James final-tabled the WSOP Seniors Event and...more

Bob Talbot: Cash Game Player Finds Tournament Success after WPT Boot Camp
Bob Talbot: Cash Game Player Finds Tournament Success after WPT Boot Camp

Bob Talbot had been a serious cash game player for more than five years. Since he retired from his job as a city employee in Fort Worth, Texas, he’d been playing poker 40 to 50 hours a week at one of the five local cardrooms...more

Lynne Mitchnick: Successful Entrepreneur Closes Business to Become Professional Cash Game Player
Lynne Mitchnick: Successful Entrepreneur Closes Business to Become Professional Cash Game Player

  Lynne Mitchnick had run her own highly successful market research company for seven years when she first considered getting serious about poker. Not sure how committed she wanted to be, she took her first WPT Boot Camp in...more