Contrary to popular belief (in non-poker people), poker can indeed make dreams come true. Just ask poker pro Brock Wilson, who went from quitting his job to winning $1 million a few months later! Wilson’s story has an almost fairy tale like ring to it and is one that every poker player dreams of having. Stemming from a commitment to the game, his journey is truly a huge motivator for anyone looking to pursue their passion.
Back in 2018, Wilson had everything one could ask for as a young professional. Armed with a secure job in New York city, sky was the limit when it came to building a successful career in finance. However, while that would have satisfied anyone else in his position, Wilson knew he longed for something more. The “more” in his context was to pursue a successful career as a professional poker player.
As a young man in his 20s, Wilson was always pulled towards the mind sport. He looked up to some of poker’s biggest legends and wanted to achieve the success they had. “I have always looked up to Phil Ivey,” said Wilson. “His stare, aura, and the feeling that he always knew what his opponent had – that is a level of dominance that I think I always aspire to. That feeling in which whoever he played – he was always one step ahead,” continued Wilson.
While it may seem like Wilson made a snap decision to become a poker pro, that was not the case. His interest in the game came from a young age. “I began playing when I was in early high school and would always organise poker games with friends,” recalled Wilson. “I was obsessed.”
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“I would read a bunch of poker books and watch all poker-related content on YouTube. In college I started playing more online and discovered training sites.”
One of Wilson’s earliest brushes with poker on the live felts was in October 2010 when he finished 6th in the $300+40 No-Limit Hold’em event for $4,238 at the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV in Las Vegas. He had another deep run in May 2015 when he finished in 11th place at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Event #8 $580 No-Limit Hold’em for $1,514.
All throughout college, Wilson worked on building his bankroll and improving his game. Despite a keen interest in poker, when the time came to graduate, the future poker pro did not pursue his love for the game and accepted an analyst position with Merrill Lynch in his home state of New York.
After two years of working in finance, Wilson decided to bet on himself for a change. “I worked in finance for two years but ultimately decided to leave in mid-2018 to pursue my dream to play poker professionally,” he explained.
This career change turned out to be the right one for him as he went on a two-month tournament tour in 2019 where he won a total of $1,000,000 from playing poker! If his past performances weren’t proof enough, this sum was just the push he needed to know that he made the right decision.
Since then, Wilson has earned a name for himself among his poker peers as a high stakes pro. One of his most notable achievements was shipping the $25,500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller (Event #24) – World Poker Tour – WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood for $286,520. He also won a WSOP Circuit ring after he shipped the $2,000 – Super High Roller 6-Max Online in December 2021 for $49,997.
So far, Brock Wilson has accumulated $4,883,141 in total live earnings according to Hendon Mob and he ranks 291st on the All Time Money List. His best live cash came from $25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold’em – MILLIONS Super High Roller at the partypoker LIVE – partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas, Nassau. Wilson grabbed $619,536 in prize money. Wilson will now be imparting his immense poker knowledge to players who want to achieve success in the game as a coach on the poker training platform PokerCoaching.com.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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