Balsiger is a junior at Arizona State University and since he just turned 21, this is his first ever World Series of Poker.
He told PokerListings.com in an interview before making the final table that he didn’t consider himself to be very good at poker until this year, when he’s begun taking the game more seriously.
He also said that the majority of his time at college is spent playing and thinking about poker.
Balsiger studies Political Science but it seems his time studying poker is proving more lucrative. He’s already guaranteed over three quarters of a million dollars, and could walk away with $8.5 million and the title of world champion.
Notable Quote from Jacob Balsiger
“When I started out in the Main Event I figured I would play until I busted but I just kept getting more chips and people just kept folding to me, which was nice.”
Name: Jacob Balsiger
Hometown: Tempe, Arizona
Occupation: Student at Arizona State University
Jacob Balsiger is eighth in chips with 13,115,000.
To see how he got to the final table, and to follow the action in October, check out our WSOP Main Event Live Updates.
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