Ryan Riess had beaten 6,352 entrants to become the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner, Daniel Negreanu had won the WSOP Player of the Year award for an unprecedented second time, and a young poker enthusiast from Switzerland decided to open a thread on 2+2 and write this:
“I’m 19 years old living in Switzerland and been playing poker for a few months, and I’ve read a few books and tons of threads on this forum. I’m gonna start a challenge, where I update graphs, hands and other stuff. With this new challenge I switched to a new site, Pokerstars and I’m starting at NL10 6 max with a 15 BI – BRM. My goal is to get to 100NL by the end of the year 2013.”
“My stars-name is “llinusllove.”
A month later, and the 19-year old writes:
“Worst. Day. Ever. -200USD just today.”
A poster responds:
“Gl in this project, I’ll be following! You can make it to NL20 one day; I have faith!”
Over the weekend, LlinusLLove, topped a field of 105-entrants to win Event #43 (H) $25,000 Eight-Max No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) securing $587,747.32 in the process.
Whaddya know, the kid must have gotten out of 10NL.
LlinusLLove remained anonymous for the first three years of his bankroll challenge. Years later, when asked why he didn’t come out sooner, he would tell PokerStars’ Brad Willis usually there’s nothing good coming from it.
He has a point.
He was 22 when someone leaked his full name to HighStakesDatabase (HSDB), and fast forward to today, and in addition to the half a million dollars he has just put away playing an online tournament, Loeliger has won $807,000 pure profit in 2018 alone playing No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha cash games. All told, Loeliger is $1.4m in profit since depositing $240 on PokerStars to begin his bankroll challenge.
It couldn’t have been a smooth ride for Loeliger on the $25,000 High RollerFinal Table. Both Chris ‘Big Huni- Hunichen and Patrick ‘pads1161′ Leonard are former PocketFives World #1’s, not to mention the quality of the likes of Henrik “hhecklen’ Hecklen, Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang and Rachid ‘SkaiWalkurrr’ Ben Cherif.
But this lad is mustard.
Here are the final table results.
Final Table Results
- Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger – $587,747.32
- Henrik “hhecklen’ Hecklen – $451,251.38
- frozZy – $346,454.88
- Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang – $265,995.69
- Chris ‘Big Huni- Hunichen – $204,221.95
- Rachid ’SkaiWalkurrr’ Ben Cherif – $156,794.30
- Bartek901 – $120,391.17
- Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard – $92,424.30
See what can happen when you read a few books.