Michael Gracz Story
Mike Gracz, the 24-year-old winner of Event #7, considered dropping out of college to play poker full-time. His mother insisted that he finish his education first and then pursue poker, and Garcz listened. He earned his degree in finance from North Carolina State, and then started playing in tournaments, including this year's WSOP. Sure enough, Gracz won Event #7 and collected a whopping $594,460 for his efforts. The lesson? Always, listen to your mother.