Jake Balsiger probably has a lot of new friends in Tempe today. Vying to become the youngest World Series of Poker champion, the 21-year-old poli-sci major at Arizona State ended up placing third in the tourament. He lost on a queen-10 to Greg Merson's king-queen. Merson, by the way, is only 24 and won the $8.53 million jackpot as the winner of this year's World Series of Poker. The second place winner, Jesse Sylvia, is only 26 and walked away with over $5 million in earnings. Can we get a slow-clap for the 20-somethings showing up huge at this year's WSOP? It seems deserved.
Yes, the purpose of this post was to shame you about how pathetic your life is if you're over 25 and your broke-ass barely has enough money in your bank account to make November rent from too much student loan debt. I think a serious case could be made to an institute of higher education for poker becoming a college major or minor. Poker players are adament about it being a game of skill and it seems like more and more are making a substantive incomes from it. Why not? Step up your game, college.