Meet my brother, Scott:
As I mentioned yesterday, my brother is a professional poker player. Not necessarily my lifestyle (I can't even go to a slot machine with more than $20, let alone gamble many thousands of dollars as if it's no big deal), but he's pretty awesome at it and he loves it, so we support him.
I was able to get an update from him at the 2011 WSOP and thought I'd let you guys know how amazing he is ('cuz I'm a proud little sis!).
Currently, he's made it to Day 3 of the $1500 H.O.R.S.E. event. H.O.R.S.E. is a mix of five poker games, and $1500 is the buy-in. To put it in perspective, this tournament pays out a little less than $300,000. This is a "small" tournament in the WSOP, as the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. main event pays out over a million. Holy gambling, Batman!
Scott is currently among the last 17 players in the 963-person event. He's guaranteed at least a $7709 payout, but the payout is raised significantly the longer he's in the tournament (anything above 14th place is double-digit thousands). He's currently in 6th place as far as chip count goes (although anybody who has ever watched poker knows this can change in an instant), but he basically rocks.
You can read updates from Day 2 (yesterday) here (he's Scott Lake). Day 3 starts tonight. Woot! Keep it up, big bro!