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Law student wins $600,000 playing poker

U.Va. law student Leo Wolpert will start his second year with a big grin and a fat wallet.

The former professional poker player won a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas last month, pocketing $652,000 in winnings, according to the law school.  Wolpert is living in Sin City for the summer, interning with the Nevada affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Wolpert decided to enter the World Series of Poker tournament on a whim after seeing a friend fare well in a similar competition, according to the school. “A bunch of my friends I’m staying with are all excellent tournament players, and that kind of made me want to catch the bug again and play tournaments,” he said.

By Peter Vieth

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