Normally, Monday night would see me posting the movie 🎥 🍿 Box Office results, but not tonight. I am too engrossed watching the World Series of Poker coverage from ESPN. The $10,000 Main Event is now down to 126 or so players and here I am tuning in, trying to get inspired so that I might improve at the game myself. (It also helps me get my mind off of some of the bad news that has happened in this miserable part of the world lately — fatal motor vehicle accidents, etc.)
One of the players still alive and getting a lot of TV time is Kelly Minkin, who was the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event in 2015. She was actually the chip leader at one point but has since slipped back to about 3 million or so chips, which is still a decent stack at this stage. It turns out she’s an attorney from Arizona in her real job. It seems like a lot of lawyers or ex-lawyers are involved in playing professional poker. Just for fun, I checked out her law firm bio on the Internet and here is what it had to say:
Kelly J. Minkin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona in 2010. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona Summit Law School in 2014, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice defense and catastrophic personal injury cases. She is also a part time, but highly successful, professional poker player, and was recently the last woman standing at the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 29th place.
I can’t believe she even has the time to pursue poker. Most law firms I know of are utter sweatshops, but maybe the legal profession in Arizona is actually humane.
In other news I notice another poker celebrity, Antonio Esfandiari, just got KOed at the Main Event. Anyhow, there is still plenty of poker left to go. I notice they are now interviewing a standup comedian named Clayton Fletcher, who is also still alive at this Main Event. Ha, ha, ha.