Unknown tournament record breakers

16.09.2014

In poker, like in the film industry, only stars enjoy all the attention. And what about the medium and low stakes first-class players? Kind of supporting actors. They are, perhaps, no worse, but their names are only mentioned in the credits.

Some users of the TwoPlusTwo forum became interested in this problem and paid attention to the stunning results of the American Joe McKeehan.

This poker genius has won 8 (!) tournaments since March, 2013. By the way, these tournaments were quite large. See for yourselves:

September 11, 2014 $1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up
WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City
$37,248
June 8, 2014 $2,100 No Limit Hold'em #26
Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas
$101,864
April 17, 2014 $600 + 60 No Limit Hold'em
Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City
$33,873
March 15, 2014 $1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold'Em
Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket
$61,285
January 17, 2014 $500 + 60 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City
$69,808
November 17, 2013 $400 + 50 No Limit Hold'em - Deepest Stack
Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City
$30,963
May 9, 2013 $365 No Limit Hold'em
WSOP Circuit – New Orleans
$24,219
March 9, 2013 $1,675 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
WSOP Circuit - Atlantic City
$174,147

This year McKeehan has earned $1,241,205: the American has almost won the famous WSOP event called Monster Stack. He took the 2nd place, $820.863.

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McKeehan at WPT Borgata Open

To win tournament fields with a few hundred people regularly is extremely difficult or almost impossible. You may ask any professional player, and he will give you the same answer.

So why is Mister McKeehan known only in the narrow circle of American regulars? He wins a) not large enough and b) little-known tournaments. That's all. The American may become a new Ole Shemion (in the other “weight category”), but who cares?

Female MTT-champion Samantha Abernathy

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The 23-year-old Samantha Abernathy captivates you at once with her beauty. The young American woman works as a freelance designer and… “earns a bit” as a poker player.

This year Samantha has won 13 (!) tournaments, the average buy-in amounted to $100. Of course, these tournaments were very small with a couple dozen people taking part. Nevertheless, to win such events all the time is extremely difficult.

Nowadays Abernathy is considered to be one of the most successful American players, a regular of Caesars Palace and Aria in Las Vegas. And if we take into account that she is a young girl the story is likely to be fantastic.

King of Las Vegas: Flaminio Malaguti

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With Mike Tyson

The Italian Flaminio Malaguti lives in Las Vegas for many years. This Italian “tournament winning machine” has picked up almost 200 prizes and has won 97 (!) events during his career.

And again the tournament fields were small in most cases – a few dozen people. However, Malaguti results do not impress, they cause a slight shock: Las Vegas hides such great talents!

This year the Italian has won 30 tournaments!

Now let’s imagine how many such players gamble in poker clubs and casinos throughout the world every day. They are also modern heroes. They also deserve some personal headlines...

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