August 14, 2022

This High Roller Poker Player Spends His Days As A Nurse In Intensive Care

Poker Stories is a long-running audio podcast series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s top players and personalities. Each episode spotlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite stories both on and off. felt.

Brek Schutten is a father with five children who spends his days working as a nurse in the intensive care unit. But that hasn’t stopped the Michigan native from dominating the live tournament circuit for over a year now.

The 34-year-old surpassed a record 2,482 entries in 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open to win $1,261,095, and in the months that followed, he turned that score into even more money. After making two final tables at the Poker Masters last September for a total of $162,900, Schutten won the $15,000 high roller at the Wynn in March for $219,300.

This summer, he packed the family for a trip to Las Vegas, where he kicked off with a victory in the MGM Grand Mystery Bounty event for a total of $71,000. Then at the World Series of Poker, Schutten rose to the big time, finishing fifth in the $25,000 event for $323,730 and second in the $50,000 event for $820,808. He now has $3.4 million in live tournament earnings.

Highlights from this interview include discovering poker through a radio commercial, why he became a nurse, being cool under pressure, 15 big blinds and a dream, celebrating in Florida with Mickey Mouse, playing on himself , fight Jake Schindler for the poker community, House vs. Grey’s Anatomy, run errands with a big brother, backyard batting cage, get kicked out of the band, Padme Amidala and brown rice, and get mistaken for David Peters .

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