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Justin Cole


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Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Email: Justin.d.cole@hotmail.com

Member Twitter Account @Jdcole72


Finally, I am writing a profile. I am originally from Pendleton, Oregon. After graduation, I attended Oregon State University and Walla Walla College where my wife and I earned our Masters of Social Work degrees. I joined the Army as a social work officer and was stationed in Germany, Washington D.C., and Colorado. After deployments to Kosovo and Iraq and 17 years of service, I left the Army and was able to settle down in Colorado Springs. I currently work at Fort Carson in the New Parent Support Program assisting young fathers readjust to family life after deployment.

My wife, Linda, and I have 4 children (Lillea-11, Alexandra-9, Gabriella-7, Andrew-5). We haved been married 18 years.

I started playing poker in 2003 after the Chris Moneymaker explosion and while deployed to Iraq. Poker was a great way to pass the time. When I returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., I found myself making the 3-hour trip to Atlantic City quite frequently. I had the opportunity to play in many events at the Taj Mahal to include the United States Poker Championship Main Event and the WSOP in Las Vegas. However, I look back and realize that other vices sidetracked my experience, growth, and success as a player. I only have hazy memories of Scotty Nguyen lecturing me at the Borgata on the importance of playing sober...that's hilarious when I look back. I must have been bad if he thought he was the sober one. After 30-days in a rehabilitation facility on a Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, I came to the realization that things were bad and the friends I had in the poker world were not there for me and my positive well-being. In 2007, it was time for a break and a fresh start in Colorado.

At this point in my life, I have decided to return to learning and playing the game that I love. I know the understanding and basic strategy are there, I just need to put myself in those events and continue to read, study, and play. I joined PPPG for those reasons: to form postive friendships, learn from better players and to work as a team in supporting each other reach our poker goals. I hope to make it to the final table at the WSOP, win a bracelet and prove to myself that I can succeed and achieve my poker goals.


So this is what it comes to...

Submitted On: 09/26/2014