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06-21-2006

Clarkson University MBA Graduate Wins $1 Million as Professional Poker Player in Las Vegas

Joe Tehan recently gambled with a low hand and walked away with a full house and more than a million dollars in Las Vegas. Tehan, 25 yrs. old, earned his master of business administration degree from Clarkson University in 2003. After graduation, he promptly announced that he was moving to Las Vegas to pursue a career as a professional poker player with only an old beat-up car and $7,000 to his name. Tehan is a Utica native from Central New York who grew up on his father's farm planting corn and milking cows.

Tehan's gamble to move to Las Vegas and become a professional gambler paid off in a big way, when he collected the top prize of $1.3 million as the most recent champion on the World Poker Tour. He was winner of the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship. Tehan outlasted a field of 349 entrants in the $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold 'em event. It was the second tournament of World Poker's fifth season and the tour's Mandalay Bay debut. With the victory, Tehan will also compete in a World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio next April. The entry fee will be $25,500.

Tehan has played a lot of poker since leaving Clarkson University and has proven he is able to play with the best players in the world. He emerged as the champ after a spirited heads-up session with fellow Las Vegan Burt Boutin and a drawn-out three-player battle that included Brad Booth, a poker pro from Canada's Yukon Territory. The victory ended a five-day-long tournament.

A regular in the Bellagio poker room, Tehan is convinced his tournament victory validates his career choice to be a Las Vegas poker pro. He will invest a portion of his prize money and plans to finally replace the beat up old car that carried him from his parents' farm in upstate New York to his new life in Las Vegas.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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