From Rags To Riches – Poker Style

By Ben Hamill - March 04 2019

From Rags To Riches – Poker Style

The story of how one man went from barely earning a minimum wage working for a department store, to 10 years down the line winning more than $2 million playing Poker, is an inspiring modern-day tale of rags-to-riches and one that is bound to inspire many more to take up the challenge of learning how to play the world’s favourite card game.

33-year old Dejuante “DJ” Alexander is the man able to offer a personal account of what it must have been like to grow up in a single-parent household, with a younger sibling who needed taking care of too. Alexander knew what it was like to work at a clothing store just to make ends meet, and aside from his limited experience in retail, nothing else really stood out on his humble CV.

Until Poker came along, that is.

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From Down Under To High Up Above

DJ tells the story of how he had been down and out whilst working at the clothing convenient store and that something good truly does sometimes come out of Galilee. According to DJ his fate changed for the better when one evening after closing time, the owner of the store had randomly asked him whether he knew how to play Poker. Never one to shy away from a challenge, DJ responded in the affirmative, despite not having ever played in his life.

DJ was a quick study and remembers having had to learn on the fly. He enjoyed the game so much that he kept at it, and the rest, according to our guy, is history. Dejuante “DJ” Alexander’s story had that fateful night become entwined with the exciting world of Poker.

First WSOP Remains His Favourite

It was two years after learning how to play, that DJ had the opportunity to compete in his very first World Series of Poker (WSOP) event. To this day, his first attempt remains his favourite attempt, and according to our champion, he had absolutely no idea what he was doing. Thanks to a pure stroke of luck, he finished up in 13th position with $22,317 in prize money to take home.

Alexander has since left his job at the department store, and since 2010, has managed to gather nearly $2.25 million on the tournament circuit. He spends all of this time travelling for tournaments and grinding away at the worldwide Poker scene.

Success was genuinely on the cards for the humble boy from Houston.

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