Wildwood High School grad wins $307000 in Las Vegas poker tourney – Press of Atlantic City

Jeff Tomlinson nearly did it again.

Two years after winning a tournament during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the 53-year-old Wildwood High School graduate placed third in an event called The Marathon on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Tomlinson, who grew up in North Wildwood and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, earned $307,728 for finishing third behind Venezuela’s Joseph Di Rosa Rojas and Australian Alexander Lynskey at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Two years ago, Tomlinson upset a talented field to win a coveted WSOP bracelet and $567,724.

The Marathon was a new event at the WSOP, which features more than 70 tournaments leading up to the Main Event in July.

More than 1,700 players paid $2,620 to enter the No Limit Hold ’Em event, which began last Monday.

“It really was a marathon,” Tomlinson said in a phone interview from Las Vegas. “We started at 10 a.m. and played until 2 a.m. the next day every day. It really challenged you both mentally and physically. I’m beyond exhausted.”

Tomlinson, an assistant football coach at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, lifts weights and does conditioning drills with the team during the offseason.

A former baseball player at Wildwood High, Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and the Lower Township Whalers of the Atlantic County Baseball League, he also stays in shape by playing in over-50 leagues.

Upon moving to South Florida in 1990, he started competing in triathlons. He recently has taken up hiking and paddleboarding.

“I think that helped me in the tournament,” he said. “It was definitely geared more

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