Law school student hits poker jackpot

I’m not sure whether Leo Wolpert’s summer internship at the ACLU of Nevada’s Las Vegas office is paid or unpaid, but it’s probably irrelevant now.

That’s because Wolpert, a University of Virginia Law School student, pocketed more than $650,000 this week by winning a World Series of Poker event. Wolpert survived an eight-hour final table in a no-limit hold’em heads-up tournament to get the cash and a coveted WSOP bracelet.

How did he celebrate his win? According to The Washington Post, Wolpert had a ”nice dinner with friends, watched some TV, fell asleep, and reported for work at the ACLU the next morning.”

Wolpert, a 26-year-old Fairfax native, played poker professionally for a while before using his earnings to pay for law school. He said he became fascinated with law after reading a blog entry about a Fourth Amendment case, according to the Post, and intends to return to law school in the fall.

But my favorite fact about Wolpert? He lost on “Jeopardy!” to the trivia buzzsaw that is Ken Jennings. I guess sometimes you have to know when to fold ‘em.

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