Jerrod Ankenman grew up in Orange County, California. He received a BS in Business Management from Pepperdine in 2004 and an MS in Applied Mathematics from Columbia in 2010. Jerrod picked up poker as a hobby from reading rec.gambling.poker, and as a career from collaborating on poker with Bill Chen (and others). Jerrod won a bracelet in 2009. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Math at Yale and living in Avon, Connecticut with wife Michelle, stepchildren Abby and Michael, and daughter Mara.