Unemployed 22 Year Old Wins WSOPC Chicago For $291,749

The World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Chicago Main Event has been won by Dan Livingston (22) after he outlasted a field of 248 players over three days to take down the title and $291,749 in prize money.
Livinston had recently quit the auto-detailing shop where he worked and only qualified for the WSOPC $5,200 buy-in tournament after being randomly chosen for the free promotion while playing at the Horseshoe Casino one day.
Livingston usually enjoys playing the $100 tournaments at the Horseshoe and his biggest win to date was online for $4,000. Following his major win the  Illinois resident said: “I feel really good. What was it? Forty hours of work for nearly $300,000? I’ll take it.”  
Livingston described how his confidence grew throughout the tournament, especially after making it onto the final table. “When we got to the final table, I had about 900,000 in chips. Then, I won a few early pots and I was up to 2,000,000. Then I said to myself, ‘wow, I might win this – I have about a fourth of the chips in play. I have a really good chance. And, I did it.”
He then put his stack to good use and was soon playing four handed holding a sizeable chip lead. As he explains: “Everybody else as the table was around a million and I was up to four-million at that point. So, I could pretty much do what I wanted.”
Heads up play saw Livingston squaring off against fellow free roller Tom Floros who must have been content to walk away with $180,287 in his pocket.
Livingston has described his victory as a ‘big confidence booster’ and said he might try seeing if he could make a living as a poker player. The prize money has certainly given him a buy-in for a few further events.  “I have always wanted to really win a gold bracelet. But I must say that the gold ring will really do for now,” he said.

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