With 2 cashes won in the ongoing World Series of Poker 2012 and many successes in online poker, Michael Drummond is one of the rising stars in the universe of Poker. Even though his total earnings in live casinos ($127,119) do not match his performance otherwise, Drummond has had quite a few regular victories at $2/$4 and $3/$6, mostly playing Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em under screen names like Bigguy1322.
The 24-year old Drummond lives in San Francisco in California. He grew up in New Hampshire where he dedicated most of his time to athletics and basketball. After completing high school, he went to Babson College in Massachusetts, one of the top business and entrepreneurship schools in the country. “My goal at Babson was to find a job where I could make a ton of money so I could pursue entrepreneurial ventures and do more fun things in life,” he says. “I got into poker while I was there and it fit the mould for everything I wanted to do: a lot of money, a lot of free time, and the freedom to also work on side projects.”
After completing his college in 2007, Drummond went back to playing poker. He changed his plan of becoming a stockbroker in New York and instead went to Las Vegas to play more poker. “When I told my parents I was going to Vegas instead of New York, they were not supportive, to say the least,” says Drummond. “Looking back, it kind of makes sense; the older generation (as well as the U.S. government) just has this idea of poker as gambling, as sleazy, as taking place in dirty casinos, and it’s a bad image when you talk about poker players. And it’s just not like that at all nowadays, with the internet and all the good people in the poker world who have started charities and other things. Once my parents saw the good, smart, driven people I was meeting, they saw it’s not the hustlers and fast talkers so much anymore.”
While attending school, Drummond played poker online with his friends and other online poker players whom he met as well. “It was exciting for me to meet all these players I’d played with,” he says. “It can be such an unsocial experience behind the laptop, so to finally meet interesting people that are actually fun and have other ideas on life besides just trying to make money — that was great.”