UMD dropout wins more than $1 million in World Series of Poker

Photo courtesy of Cardplayer.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original post incorrectly stated how much Merson won. The post has been updated. 

I sent a routine request last Friday, a Facebook message asking for an interview with a former Terp.

Laurel native Greg Merson dropped out of this university when he was 19 but just more than a week ago, he raked in more than $1 million by besting a field of 474 to win the six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

He agreed on Saturday to talk about his accomplishment. But not yet, the 24-year-old wrote. He was still sort of busy.

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Students and the City: Cinco DOM Mayo at the Barking Dog

By now, no student can deny watching and endlessly quoting the addicting Dom Mazzetti videos. The series created by Mike Tornabene and Gian Hunjan nearly went viral on YouTube. Each new episode, titled “Dom vs. …..”, would feature Dom Mazzetti, a full-blown airhead, taking on different aspects of college life. The most popular videos include Dom Mazzetti vs. Drunk Girls and Dom Mazzetti vs. Freshman.

While the videos do use explicit language and content, they are wildly funny and relatable to students around the country, which could be due to the fact that in each episode Dom is miraculously enrolled at a different university. Dom was even a student at Maryland in one episode, Dom Mazzetti vs. Resumes, where he hopelessly works to create a resume to get a job after graduating “MarryLand.”

This weekend, Mike and Gian have the chance to interact with real Maryland students at the Barking Dog for Cinco de Mayo. It could very well be the wildest night of the semester, with free merchandise, shots, an ice luge and plenty of other giveaways. If you’re wearing a Route One Apparell “Cinco DOM Mayo” shirt, you’ll receive VIP access and drink specials all night.

The event starts at 10 p.m. but get there early if you hope to get in at all, as the event page already has 471 listed attendees. Arrive with $10 cover and proper 21+ identification.

Celebrate. Drink tequila. Be MarryLand.

— Becky Kaminsky is a freshman journalism major and student blogger for The Diamondback

Students and the City: Electric Circus at Fur Nightclub

I’ll be the first to admit: Half the time my peers or promoters are handing out fliers on the campus, I ignore them. This is one flier I’m glad I grabbed.

On Thursday, College Electro will be presenting Electric Circus at Fur Nightclub, sponsored by Route One Apparel. Fur has events all the time, but this is one you definitely don’t want to miss. Music will be blasting throughout the live sets of Meerical, DJ Dovgi, DJ Rew!nd, DJ Tannenbaum, and DJ Ev0lution.

All-night drink specials include beers, rails and shooters for $3 each. However, if you’re not 21, don’t worry. The entire event is 18 and up.

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