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Joe Ebanks Wins $1.1 Million, Biggest Prize This Year
Poker pro Joe Ebanks bested a field of 474 players to win over $1,158,481 million, the biggest prize awarded so far at the 2011 World Series of Poker.
For his victory in the $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship Ebanks earns his first WSOP bracelet and increased his career live tournament earnings to over $1.75 million.
This prize was also almost twice as large as Ebanks' previous total live tournament earnings.
And that’s in addition to the over $3 million Ebanks has earned playing poker tournaments online under the screen name ender555.
But just like the rest of the US, Ebanks’ ability to earn money playing online poker ended on Black Friday.
“I lost a lot of my money because of that,” Ebanks told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas. “Thankfully I won some money today.”
And even though Ebanks had some backers, today's win gives Ebanks a prize “much bigger than anything [he's] ever won.”
Today marks Ebanks' sixth WSOP cash. His biggest prior to this victory was also in a six-handed event.
Last year, Ebanks finished 43rd in the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event for $11,345. Today he won almost 100 times that.
“I'll probably be moving after the series is over,” Ebanks said. “I have to if I want to play online poker.”
But you can count on Ebanks coming back to the World Series of Poker.
“It's why I got into poker seven years ago. I wanted to win a WSOP bracelet,” said Ebanks. “And now I won it in one of the best events to win it in.”
And now that Ebanks has a taste for gold, he's hungry for more.
“This has given me more confidence,” said Ebanks. “I'm sure I'll be back and I definitely want to win more bracelets.”
Before Ebanks was a bracelet-winning millionaire, he was just another student at Kent State University in Ohio.
There Ebanks studied several things, but was studying psychology when he decided to drop out and pursue poker full time seven years ago.