Scott Barrows is anything but your typical professional poker player. Staying steer clear of drinking, smoking and even the club scene, he'd rather concentrate on the game at hand.
Even Las Vegas, the city that lures fame seekers and high rollers, ultimately couldn't hold his interest. And while his foray into the world of flushes and full houses was purely accidental, he's stayed true to a promise he made himself as a teenager — making enough money to live life on his own terms.
A recent Glendale transplant hailing from Denver, Barrows, 34, has pocketed some serious winnings in the last few years, including his best yet — a $40,050 win in May in the Cal State Poker Championships that landed him in third place in a competition with 3,000 participants. His total winnings waver somewhere in the high six figures, he said. Despite his success, he maintains that he doesn't care too much for money.