Teenage Poker Players Go 'All In' Online

Know When To Hold 'Em

Diligently plugging away at his computer, Brount can win $900 in one hour and then lose $350 the next. He said it's about sticking with it and persistence pays off ten-fold. So far he's won over $15,000 dollars.

Brount also puts to rest the myth that money can be made on one big final hand, or that a player has a key "tell" that reveals he's bluffing.

"There are elements of chance in poker, absolutely. That's why I have losing days. That's why the greatest players in the world have losing days," he explained.

The best thing is the freedom of being on your own schedule.

"If I didn't have online poker, I'd probably have to get a 'proper' summer job ... I wouldn't be able to teach the drumline, which is something I really love and it's really important to me," he said.

Brount believes that he would be a lot more uncertain about the future if he didn't have his online poker playing skills to fall back on. He started off as an engineering major and found it wasn't a good fit for him.

"I'm looking at some degrees [now] where I'm not going to be making as much money," he said. "[But] I know that I can supplement my income by playing poker or I can take it on as a full career."

While Brount admits he's not sure if he will play the same card game of chance for decades to come, but for now, he's thinking big -- big winnings, that is.

"It's not like I'm going to win $5 million in a year and then I can stop ... If I win $1 million tomorrow, I'm not going to stop playing," he said. "I'm going to push myself to higher stakes to play against better players and try to win more money."

ABC News' Lauren Effron contributed to this report.

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