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Brad Hatcher (Brad Hatcher) spent 19 years as a high school teacher. The 46-year-old from Omaha taught history and government, and also coached track. But this year after being a bit burned out, Hatcher decided to give his love of poker a shot. A regular cash game player here at the Horseshoe, he's hoping to move on to Day 2 tomorrow.

"Right now I'm just doing this as long as it keeps going well," he says. "Things are going well so far. I may eventually go back to education. I didn't retire, I'm just on sabbatical."

While Hatcher mostly plays here in Council Bluffs, he has his eye on a few events in Vegas including the upcoming DeepStacks Extraveganza at the Venetian.

When he decided to leave teaching, some of his students were a bit upset with the news and it was a difficult decision to make. 

"My students were a little more surprised that I was leaving than that I was going to play poker," he says. "A lot of them knew that I liked to play."

Colleagues, however, were a different story.

"They knew because I've been playing recreationally for 15 years," he says. "It wasn't a surprise."

No doubt he'll be hearing from many former students and colleagues if he can notch a nice win here this weekend