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Published July 19, 2010, 06:29 PM

Grand Forks Native to Compete in Poker World Series

Grand Forks native Jason Senti has a place at the biggest poker event of the year.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Grand Forks native Jason Senti has a place at the biggest poker event of the year. November will mark University of North Dakota graduate's second time at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. His parents, Bruce and Jenny are proud.

"He's not the kind of kid you worry about," said his dad, Bruce Senti.

Now their kid could be a millionaire from playing a game which started as a hobby.

"He set aside money, took a leave of absense from work. He decided it was something he wanted to give a try," said Bruce about his son's decision to make poker his career.

28-year-old Senti quit his electrical engineering job to give poker a try, and is now one of nine finalists in the World Series of Poker.

"This is so exciting for what it is right now. It's like, WHOA! It's really exciting," said his mom Jenny Senti.

His parents said he started playing online. A professional poker player for three years, he worked his way to the top nine from over 7,300 players. From a $10,000 buy in, he won over $800,000. It could be nearly $9 million if he wins in November.

"It's an overwhelming kind of exciting. It's a life-changing event at this point," said Jenny.

He is getting a lot of attention for making it to the top poker event of the year, and he has even been on ESPN. To Bruce and Jenny, Jason is still just their son.

"This is about him. It's hard not to be a proud mom and dad, and have your buttons bust a bit."

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