Dan O’Brien

 

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After cutting his teeth in various dormitories at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland, Dan O’Brien turned to online poker to hone his skills and turn his newfound hobby into a reliable income stream. With dreams of traveling the world playing in the biggest buy-in tournaments, Dan dedicated his time outside the classroom to absorbing every ounce of knowledge he could find about the game of poker and applying it to his playing experience to develop a winning style that could take his game to the next level.

After graduating in 2006 with a degree in finance, Dan put his dreams on hold and instead took a position on Wall Street as an equities trader. The similarities between poker and trading lured him to Wall Street, but the differences soon began to pull him away. After a two week hiatus to play the World Series in 2007, the urge to leave his steady paycheck and follow his dream became overwhelming. He left Wall Street and headed west, settling in Las Vegas.

Dan has had incredible and consistent success in the poker world, winning the inaugural MGM Grand Challenge and making multiple final tables on the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour, and at the World Series of Poker both in The United States and Europe. He’s amassed over $2,000,000 in live tournament earnings and has been consistently ranked near the top of the Global Poker Index world rankings.

In addition to his poker prowess, Dan’s intelligent and opinionated views have garnered him a sizable following as well as the respect of the poker community. He is regularly consulted by poker administrators both in the live and virtual worlds. Dan has also made his mark on poker media, presenting and commentating for various poker events including the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, Heartland Poker Tour, and Irish Poker Open. He writes a monthly article for Bluff magazine, and develops strategy content for the Insta Poker app on iOS and Android. In his limited free time, he spends time learning about two of his passions, economics and public policy.