Meteorologist weathers the storm to record his second WSOP Circuit victory.
Aaron Ruppert joined the elite club of two-time WSOP Circuit champions Tuesday morning at Choctaw Resort. The Oklahoma-based pro bested 338 entrants in Event 4, a $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, to take home $23,326 and, of course, his second WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Ruppert’s first victory came last year at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in a $350 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament, when he bested 178 entrants to win $13,983.
“I won [a][ring] last year in Council Bluffs and this one is a little bit [more][prize][money] than that one, so hopefully the trend continues,” Ruppert said of his wins.
Ruppert is a familiar face on the WSOP Circuit and close friends with three-time champion Huy Nguyen. Both are highly successful players in their own right, but Ruppert says his success is a direct result of the relationships he’s formed in the poker community, not only with Nguyen, but with others as well.
“The number one reason I’ve gotten pretty good at poker is just from talking to my friends and going over strategy all the time,” Ruppert said. “To have Huy [Nguyen] and a bunch of other friends who are probably better than me at poker; to learn from them and to learn from each other, it’s key. You can’t be overconfident and think you can do it yourself. You’ve got to use your friends to get better.”
If that’s true, Ruppert is certainly indebted to his colleagues. The 32-year-old from Norman, Okla. has almost $175,000 in career earnings at the WSOP including back-to-back WSOP Main Event cashes and two Circuit championships.
Amazingly, Ruppert says poker isn’t even his first love. His true passion lies in meteorology, a hobby he went to grad school for and practices to this day. When he’s not on the felt Ruppert can be found chasing storms and even appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” for a season.
“Weather is my number one love, poker might be number two now,” Ruppert said.
One thing is clear, whatever Ruppert sets his mind to, be it storm chasing or tournament poker, the sky is the limit.
Final table results:
1st: Aaron Ruppert – $23,326
2nd: Herman Toney – $14,418
3rd: Alexander Mendoza – $10,518
4th: Jeremy Cook – $7,802
5th: Pavlin Karakikov – $5,877
6th: Billy Taylor – $4,495
7th: Darin Brock – $3,488
8th: Alex Gyr – $2,746
9th: Wesley Parnell – $2,192
Full results available on WSOP.com.