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Tony “Bond18” Dunst, 25, is the newest addition to the revamped World Poker Tour production. Using his facility to share his opinion, Tony will host a segment called “The Raw Deal” each show evaluating the play. Tony was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, grew up in Madison, spent the last 5 years predominately in Australia, and currently resides in Las Vegas. He got started in poker playing home games, with friends back in high school which quickly led to online poker and realizing poker was what he wanted to do for a living. He has won well over $1 million in online and live tournaments.
Jason Mercier, 23, is regarded as one of the top young tournament pros in the world. In 2008, he won the EPT San Remo main event for $1.3 million and followed it up with a sixth at the EPT Barcelona for another $321,000. He followed it up with another win in the EPT London High-Roller Showdown for $905,000. Jason is a Team PokerStars Pro. At the 2009 WSOP, he won the 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Event for $237,415. In 2009 He finished 4th in the World Series of Poker Europe Main event. On September 21, 2010, Mercier won his first WCOOP bracelet in Event 42, besting a field of 3122 players. When Jason isn’t traveling the world for poker, he lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Greg Raymer, 46, won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2004 for $5 million. He has become an enduring figure in the poker world as the FossilMan, as a lead PokerStars pro, and for his great work with the PPA, championing the cause to fully legalize, legislate and regulate online poker. Greg took a few minutes from his busy live tournament schedule to discuss his career in poker.
Kimberly Lansing is the newest hostess and co-anchor for the revamped World Poker Tour. She is a favorite of the poker community for her playful interview style and let’s face it her easy on the eyes looks. She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk to the Poker Curious community about poker, love, life and much more.
Marc Karam, 28, is a well established poker pro from Ottawa, Canada who has enjoyed considerable online and live poker success for a number of years. He plays high stakes cash games online, as high as $200/$400, and he has also made his mark at the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker. His biggest score of $1.6 million at the 2007 EPT Monte Carlo was also his biggest disappointment when he was rivered all in heads up missing out on the additional $1.2 million and first place title. In February of 2010, Marc signed as a Full Tilt Poker pro and has now issued the poker world with a prop bet challenge - that he can play 60,000 hands of Rush poker in a 24 hour period and come out with a profit. Bet against him if you dare!
Reid ‘shootaa’ Young, 24, known as LOLOLOLOLOL at the table, is one of the established top players at $5-10 NLHE. He has over $300K in profits from over a 300k hand sample. He is one of the most popular instructors at LeggoPoker, not for his fame or the high stakes he plays, but the meticulous and detailed forum explanations and well articulated videos he creates that have helped many members. He has recently embarked on writing a new poker book to share more of his perspective on how, not what, to think about the game.
Thuy Doan, 24, has a very interesting and inspiring poker story to share. She was born in Vietnam and moved to Virginia when she was 7. She lived there until the age of 23 when she packed up everything to move to the west coast and focus on live poker. She has been playing NLHE on and off for over four years; online the first three years and now live predominately. She is a regular blogger for PokerRoad where she shared her story of her battle with cancer, losing a leg and remaining positive in the face of adversity.
Daniel ‘Jungleman12’ Cates, 20, is one of the hottest NLHE players in the world. He started his poker career by playing $.25/.50 heads up cash games in 2008. By the end of 2008, he was playing $10/20 and had won almost $100,000. By 2009, he was playing $25/50. His poker career has rocketed to stardom this year as he has dominated the HU NL games on Full Tilt winning over two million dollars. He recently started making videos for CardRunners and is now stepping up to play the Durrrr 50k hands heads up challenge. All this while he is currently attending the University of Maryland in College Park, while living in Bowie, Maryland.
Laurence "Miss Tofu" Grondin, 23, hails from Montreal, Quebec. She represents the new breed of young aggressive poker players making an impact in the poker world. She has been playing for a few years, and turned pro in 2008. In 2009, she made her first big statement by winning $237,537 for taking 3rd place in a WSOP No Limit event. I sat down with Laurence during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, to discuss her journey in poker.
Scotty Nguyen, 47, is a larger than life tournament poker player and character. He is a true Las Vegas poker grinder, having seen many highs and lows during his long career. Currently 5th on the all time money list with tournament winnings of more than $11 million, Scotty has had an incredible poker career and according to him there is still gas in the tank. He is the 1998 World Series of Poker main event champion, winner of the 2008 $50,000 WSOP HORSE tournament, nine WPT Final tables with one outright WPT win with many more accolades on this champion's resume. He has battled against going broke and back again, been there, seen it and survived to tell the tales. We sat down with Scotty to learn more...
Matt Matros, 33, is a respected poker pro based out of Brooklyn, New York. He has had a number of significant live tournament finishes, most notably placing third in the 2004 World Poker Tour Championship event for over $700,000, with total live tournament earnings of nearly $1.5 million. His main game of focus is Limit Holdem where he plays extensively online and live since 1999. That Limit experience paid of dividends at this year's World Series of Poker as Matt realized one of his major dreams and took down a WSOP bracelet in a Limit Holdem event #12 for $189,870. Just a few days later, he final tabled another WSOP Limit event! Matt graduated from Yale university with a mathematics degree and has considerable writing aspirations which prompted Poker Curious to pick his brain.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko, 21, has experienced tremendous online and live poker success from a very early age. Originally born in Ukraine, Kiev, but moved to the USA when he was 8, Yevgeniy has prospered playing tournaments online as Jovial Gent on PokerStars and bballer88 on Full Tilt. In 2009, he won the main event of the World Championship of Online Poker. He bested a 2,144-player field to win $1,715,200.00. The same night he also won the weekly Full Tilt Poker $1,000 No Limit Holdem event for an additional $75,000. Further to his online success, he has also won a staggering $3.2 million playing live tournaments. He has bested some of the toughest players in the most prestigious tournaments in the world, including the WPT Championship, APPT and Paddy Power Irish Open (side event). As recently as May 2010, he won the Pokerstars $45K GTD for over $20,000.
Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist, 24, is the latest Swede to assert himself on the high stakes cash game stage. He broke onto the poker scene in 2008, placing 28th in the EPT NLHE Main Event in Barcelona. In 2009, he was nominated for "Best Online Poker Player" at the PokerStars' Scandinavian Poker Awards. He made news in April when soon after starting to play high stakes on Full Tilt, he won more than $850k in less than a week against many of the top online poker winners. He was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, but currently lives in Newport Beach, CA. He was recently signed to be a featured pro at Victory Poker.
Eric 'basebaldy' Baldwin, 27, had a breakout poker year in 2009. He was the CardPlayer Player of the Year while winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1500 NLHE Event #34. He also finished third in the $10,000 PLHE event. Recently, he took second place in the 2010 WPT Championships at the Bellagio for over $1 million dollars, finishing behind David Williams. He has accumulated over $3.7 million in winnings during his short career and is a sponsored Ultimate Bet pro. He is from Wisconsin, but currently lives in Las Vegas.
Sara Jean Underwood, 26, is a model, actress and TV host who is now focusing heavily on poker. She was the 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Year after featuring as Playmate of the Month in 2006 as the Pac 10 girl from Oregon State. She has appeared in several movies and hosts various projects on G4 TV. She is now representing Victory Poker, and being trained by their high powered pro team to fast track her poker education. Originally from Scapoose, Oregon, she now splits time between LA and Las Vegas.
Jason 'mkind16' Laso, 22, has taken a different path in the poker world than some of the whiz kids we often read about. He dropped out of college to pursue his poker aspirations, only to reconsider and return to school after dealing with the ups and downs of the online poker grind. He has returned to playing a limited live tournament schedule within driving distance from his Manalapan, New Jersey home. He recently had his biggest live score chopping the Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event NLHE Championship for $111k following up a 10th place finish in the Borgata $500k Deep Stack event. We thought it would be a good time to get a better sense of Jason's journey in poker so far.
Andrew 'good2cu' Robl, 23, was born and raised in a small town outside East Lansing, Michigan. He is now living his dream in Las Vegas. He has a nice condo overlooking the Las Vegas strip. He plays high stakes poker live and online. He has been featured on TV poker shows like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. He is one of the poker pro team that is helping launch and promote Victory Poker. He is endorsing poker software products like PlayerGPS. His life is currently being featured in the documentary From Busto to Robusto: good2cu.
Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari, 31, needs no introduction to the poker world. He is one of the most entertaining, charming, and successful poker pros. He has won WSOP bracelets and WPT titles. He has appeared on just about every poker TV show available at one time or another. Antonio is the most visible pro on the new Victory Poker team that launched earlier this year and he gave us a few minutes to answer some fun questions.
Scott Clements, 28, is one of the best live tournament players in the world that many casual players haven't heard of yet. He has twice won bracelets at the WSOP, winning the $3k Omaha Hi-Lo in 2006 and the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2007. He won the 2006 Canadian Open championship and in November 2007 he won the World Poker Tour's North American Poker Classic. Including his 15 cashes from the WSOP, he has total live tournament winnings that approach nearly $4 million. When not traveling for poker, he resides with his wife in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Ben 'boywonder' Eliass, 27, recently joined LeggoPoker as one of their featured video instructors. He was much sought after because of his large following on twoplustwo and his great results over the last three and a half years. He has maintained a 5 bb/100 lifetime rate that he is currently exceeding at the levels he plays now, $5-10 and $10-20 NLHE. He has profited over seven figures and in 2010 is already up over $140k in his cash games. He studied law in University and is currently studying theology. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
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