BY BUDDY NEVINS
Eric Beller quit his Broward County Court judge job a year ago for a better opportunity.
He found it last week at a Hard Rock Casino poker table.
Beller won $164,438 in the WPT Poker Showdown Championship.
He earned roughly $140,000-a-year as a judge.
A fervent poker player, Beller was eliminated in 5th Place of the tournament.
This Internet post from the Hard Rock spells out how he was knocked out of the contest:
After putting $100,000 in to kick start his campaign and hiring the fabled judicial race consultant Anthony “Tony G” Gargiulo, Beller won in a tough fought election in 2004 against Robin Sobo Moselle. He served until March 1, 2016, quitting for a better job.
Michael Davis, a former Senior Assistant Attorney General, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to replace Beller.
Beller, who handled traffic tickets and traffic criminal cases as a judge, is now Chief Financial Officer of The Ticket Clinic. He helps run the 26-office law practice which handles thousands of traffic-related cases every year in Florida.
Beller was wearing t-shirt from the The Ticket Clinic during the tournament. It’s a far cry from his former work garb: