For Anthony Zinno, 2013 has been an incredible year for him on the poker circuit. A chemical engineer and one time wanna-be lawyer, Zinno ventured into the world of poker and has made a name for himself by raking in over 7 figures this year.
Zinno has impressive credentials as in 2013 he has managed to make five final tables and has also recently won the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City and was awarded $825,099 in prize money.
In a recently interview with Card Player, Zinno spoke about how he made the transition from wanting to start a law practice to becoming a professional poker player. Zinno said
After studying chemical engineering, I decided to pursue patent law because I was intrigued by the fact that I could mix my scientific background with legal studies. However, around the time that I was finishing law school, I had played enough poker to realize that it could be very rewarding.
I started with play-chips online back in 2004 and loved the fact that it’s a sociable, competitive strategy game. I later knew that the mathematics of professional poker dictated long-term profitability, but didn’t realize how much more that I had to learn in order to achieve consistency.
Having tremendous poker talent is only half of the equation. Long-term success requires ambition, resilience, discipline, emotional control, financial stability and patience. Implementing various skill sets that were acquired in college into my poker game was the key factor to my overall improvement. Just like anything else in life, very hard work pays off.
Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, Zinno later moved to Boston, Massachusetts and has worked hard at his game. During the last few years, he has won over $1.3 million in tournament earnings and stated that the WPT final table at Borgata was special because he rates it as his favourite casino in the world.
Zinno invests a lot of time in studying and practicing so that he can get better at his game. He expects to do even better in the coming months. When Card Player quizzed him about his successful run this year and his future plans, Zinno said
It sure has been a fortunate year. (Especially since my godson, Pasquale, was born) I’ll be taking a few weeks off to spend time with family, and then hopefully heading to Paris for the next WPT event. I’m quite excited about the future of my poker career. I’ll always love the game and plan to keep up the hard work and long sessions to continue improving my results