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College Professor Plays Hooky to Win Pittsburgh Poker Open

College kids have long been known to skip classes in favor of playing poker either live or online. It isn’t often that a college instructor will miss a day of lectures in order to hit the felt.

But that’s exactly what Carnegie Mellon University Professor Larry Pileggi did in winning $71,782 at the Main Event of the Pittsburgh Poker Open, PNR reported. The computer engineering instructor played hooky from his afternoon lecture schedule to compete in the 6-handed final table.

The professor taught his tablemates a few lessons as he disposed of them in just over three hours on his way to victory. Runner-up Dave Tannenholtz took home $ 35,890 after buying in for $1,100.

The tournament was held at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and was filmed by Poker Night in America (PNA). It will be shown on TV sometime in early 2014, along with a high-stakes cash game. It was PNA’s third tour stop after debuting in New York in August and filming in Reno, Nevada for stop #2 last month.


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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.