Ex-Cop Turned Pro Poker Player Wins WSOP Bracelet
June 26, 2012
Former Calvin Klein model Greg Ostrander proved yesterday that one can have the brains and the beauty when he landed his first WSOP bracelet in Event #41: $3K NLH, an event that drew in 1,394 players and was whittled down to just two players after three days of play, Ostrander and second place finisher, Jackie Glazier. Ostrander won the second largest first place payout of the year at just over $742K.
Forty-year-old Ostrander is one of the more colorful poker players with an interesting story. He made sure that the modeling career he enjoyed during his early 20s wasn’t his only successful gig or final 15 minutes of fame. He was able to attend college and receive a criminal justice degree with the cash he earned modeling. He then became a New York police officer, and his eight years in the field were not the most glamorous years of his life. After suffering a traumatic injury and in the meantime discovering the wonderful world of poker, he decided that the dangers of being a police officer were not worth the pay and poker was much more fun.
And Ostrander was really good at poker . Good enough to win a WSOP bracelet and enough money to justify to his wife and two children leaving a secure but life threatening job to play poker. Because this such a happy story and Ostrander is such a likeable guy, the poker community will look forward to cheering him on should he make his way to the Main Event. Last year he finished 232nd in a field of more than 7,000 people.