Before tonight when Michael Ruane joined the elite halls of 2016 WSOP November Nine, his biggest claim to poker fame was getting arrested flying back from the PCA in the Bahamas.
That's ancient history now as Ruane cemented his spot in poker history in a much more positive way by making the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Long story short: when Ruane, his brother and cousin were returning from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2012 they split up $26k in winnings between them, thinking there was no need to declare more than $10,000 for any one person.
They thought wrong and ended up arrested by the Bahamian police.
The 28-year-old Ruane's story is a much different one after tonight as he worked his way into the final nine with 31m in chips. Ruane circled the top of the chip counts for much of the past couple of days but his decisive move came early on Day 7 in an epic 18-minute hand versus Australian James Obst.
The huge pot, worth almost 40m in chips, ended with Obst folding to Ruane's shove and rocketing Ruane into the chip lead. He held on after a prolonged battle to make the final nine in fifth overall.
Ruane has kept his online background on the down low although has said he did play on PokerStars prior to Black Friday and moved to Malta, Costa Rica and Montreal to play tournaments after. In the past couple of years he's returned home to play cash games on the regulated online poker sites in New Jersey.
Chip Count: 31,600,000
Hometown: Maywood, New Jersey
Career Live Tournament Earnings: $44,962
WSOP Cashes: 3
Online Nickname: ?
Twitter Handle: @myycuhlruane