Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UA Finance Prof Wins $1.2 Million in World Series of Poker

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Mitchell Towner: Plenty of time to count his $1.2 million when the dealin's done.
  • Mitchell Towner: Plenty of time to count his $1.2 million when the dealin's done.
UA finance prof Mitchell Towner knew when to hold them and knew when to fold them yesterday at the World Series of Poker. The Las Vegas Review Journal caught up him after he played his winning hand:

“I really don’t play poker,” Towner said. “I’ve only ever played two events that are worth more than like $100.”

Towner, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Arizona, looked like anything but a novice on Tuesday night as he won the World Series of Poker’s $1,500 buy-in “Monster Stack” No-limit Hold ’em event at the Rio Convention Center.

The 29-year-old Towner defeated Venezuela’s Dorian Rios during heads-up play and collected $1.12 million along with his first — obviously — career bracelet.

“I just tried to play fairly straightforward. I didn’t want to put myself in any marginal spots,” Towner said. “It seemed like people were liable to blast off occasionally and so I figured, you never know, maybe I’ll get hit with the deck of cards and run really, really well, and that’s what happened.”
[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Ed note: This post original referred to Towner as a math professor.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Jim Nintzel

  • Reel Deal

    Talking with Peggy Johnson about the Loft Cinema's summer makeover
    • May 18, 2017
  • Editor's Note

    The Bear Essentials
    • May 18, 2017
  • The Skinny

    There's no excuse for threatening to shoot U.S. Rep. Martha McSally
    • May 18, 2017
  • More »
Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Burlesque Fitness

Burlesque Fitness @ Floor Polish

Mondays, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray

Tucson Botanical Gardens and Etherton Gallery are collaborating to bring the photography show Frida: Portraits by Nickolas… More

@ Tucson Botanical Gardens Oct. 10-May 31, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law? (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 14 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I? (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. A 'Fat Cat Tax'? (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation