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Matt Stout

Matt Stout

Matt Stout was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on December 12, 1984. While growing up his family loved to play cards and board games, and his sister taught him how to play Five-Card Draw when he was just four years old. Although he didn't play poker seriously growing up, he was always playing various card, board, and strategy games, especially chess.

Then in 2003 some college buddies of Matt's invited him over to play 25¢-50¢ Limit Hold'em. He had no idea how to play this variation game, but he assumed that his knowledge of poker would be enough to help him hold his own. At the end of the night, he was only up $4... but he was hooked immediately.

Matt continued to play small-stakes games with friends, and when those weren't enough to scratch the itch he began to play in play chip games online. When that wasn't enough he began playing small real money touraments online. Eventually the itch brought him to home games around NJ and, illegally at first, to the tables of Atlantic City.

By the time he turned 21 in December of 2006 he was using his small profits from low-limit online poker to help support himself while in school. He then began playing live cash games and tournaments in Atlantic City, which is where his career really took off.

After a number of final tables in smaller AC tournaments, he satellited into a $500 buy-in WSOP Circuit event in March 2006, and chopped at the final table for over $32,000. In a matter of three months , he went from being knee-deep in college debt to being clear of it and having a five-digit bankroll. One thing became clear to him: he wouldn't be turning back any time soon.

Over the years Matt has made a name for himself as one of the best "hybrid players" (players who perform well both online and live) in the world. He's cashed for more than $2.3 million online under the screen name "All In At 420." His biggest online cashes came when he won the Sunday 500 for $105k and the Monday $1k for $86k.

He has also cashed for more than $1 million in live tournaments. He has 10 cashes at the World Series of Poker including a 118th place finish in the Main Event as well as several WSOP Circuit final tables and one WSOP ring. He has four World Poker Tour main event cashes, including a 3rd place finish in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals for $266k where he took a terrible beat for over 60% of the chips in play.

In early 2008 Matt decided that he could no longer ignore the many advantages of living out west. He packed up and left New Jersey and left for Vegas.  He goes back to NJ frequently to visit the family who supported him even when he decided to take a hiatus from school to play poker, but he has loved life in Las Vegas ever since.