David 'Chip' Reese, who died on Tuesday aged 56, was regarded by many as the best all-round poker player at work; he won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, though he played in fewer tournaments than most professionals, preferring high-stakes money games, often for seven-figure sums.
....At Dartmouth College, where he studied Economics, he regularly took money from his professors as well as members of his fraternity house. After graduating, he had been due to attend Stanford Business School, where he planned to study Law, but stopped off for a weekend in Las Vegas on his way there.
He turned $400 into $40,000 by winning a poker tournament and, by the time he should have started at Stanford, had made $100,000.
He seldom left Vegas again and had his possessions sent on to him: “Law doesn’t have the same monetary incentive as poker,” he explained.