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“I wont million.”
Nearly a year ago, those words reverberated through the online poker world, an instant catch phrase that defined a moment in World Championship of Online Poker history.
The words came from the fingers of Marat “maratik” Sharafutdinov, a Russian taxi driver who qualified for the 2012 WCOOP Main Event with 40 PokerStars Frequent Player Points.
While his English might not have been great, his playing was, and he pocketed the million he wanted. Within a day or so, his PokerStars account had $ 1,000,907 in it.
And now? Now Sharafutdinov is looking for a job.
Seriously. Not because because he needs one, but because he wants one.
“I think a man should work regardless of the amount of money in his account, otherwise he will deteriorate as a person,” Sharafutdinov said. “It’s nice that I can afford to choose to work on things that interest me without thinking about my daily bread.”
So, what does a man do with a million bucks and a year to kill? Sharafutdinov has spent that time playing chess and learning foreign languages with the hope of being a guide in foreign countries. It’s not sexy, but it’s what makes him happy. And, really, it doesn’t take much to make him happy.
“Friends are always surprised that I can be content with little,” he said. “Of course, I’m grateful that I now have the opportunity to learn what it is to have money, and had already established an identity as a grown man and known the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.”
What has made the better part of the last year amazing for Sharafutdinov might make him just the kind of champion the online regs don’t like. Why? Sharafutdinov didn’t move up in stakes. He didn’t go crazy in the high limit games. He rarely plays anything with more than a $ 100 buy-in. He stakes some people. He invested the rest of the cash and lives modestly on the interest.
How modestly? Well, he says he might play the WCOOP Main Event…if he can satellite in or sell enough of himself to make it affordable. What’s more, he has no interest in taking his money out on the live circuit.
“I tried to play live poker, and I did not like it,” he said. “People often swear and there’s lots of drunken players. In general, this situation is not for me.”
Instead, he travels the world. He’s been all over Southeast Asia and parts of the Middle East. Now he’s got his sights set on chess tournaments in western Europe and a 2014 trip to South America for the World Cup.
So. now, as the 2013 WCOOP festivities prepare to kick off, we wait to see if the man called maratik will make it back to the Main Event and if he still wonts million.
Because this much is clear: he may have wonted million last year, but this year he doesn’t need it anymore.
Carbon Poker is bringing one of their most popular promotions back in February! “Last Man Standing” will run from February 1st to March 30th, 2013, and over $ 32,000 worth of prizes are going to be offered. If you’re interested in winning a share of the $ 32k-plus in prize money, make sure to read all about Last Man Standing below.
Opt-in and Win
To get started with this promotion, you first need to be a member of Carbon Poker. Assuming you’re not already a member, you should sign up and take advantage of the 200% up to $ 5,000 Carbon Poker bonus. From here you should visit your “Player Admin” area and choose “Activate Promo” to participate in Last Man Standing.
The goal of this promotion is to meet the daily VIP points requirements that are set forth throughout the promotion. Every day that you meet the points quota, you move on in the promotion and closer to cash. The last surviving 100 players will then earn a piece of $ 27,700 in cash prizes. As for a sample of how the daily VIP points goals work, here’s a quick look at February 1st-9th:
Feb. 1st Target – 50 VIP points
Feb. 2nd Target – 50 VIP points
Feb. 3rd Target – 50 VIP points
Feb. 4th Target – 50 VIP points
Feb. 5th Target – 50 VIP points
Feb. 6th Target – 100 VIP points
Feb. 7th Target – 100 VIP points
Feb. 8th Target – 100 VIP points
Feb. 9th Target – 150 VIP points
One thing that’s worth mentioning about this promotion is how every player gets three free days. So if you were to miss a daily VIP points goal, you’d simply lose one of your free days. Whenever a player misses a fourth VIP points quota, they’re eliminated from Last Man Standing. From March 18th-30th, free days are no longer allowed. Anybody who can keep their free days until March 18th will receive these cash bonuses: 1 day ($ 25), 2 days ($ 50), 3 days ($ 100).
As mentioned before, the final 100 players in this promotion will all receive a share of $ 27,700. Of course, that share increases greatly as you survive deeper into the promotion and outlast other players. Here is a quick look at how much money is available for each spot:
1st – $ 5,000
2nd – $ 3,500
3rd – $ 2,000
4th – $ 1,750
5th – $ 1,500
6th – $ 1,250
7th – $ 1,000
8th – $ 800
9th – $ 650
10th – $ 500
11th to 13th – $ 425
14th to 17th – $ 350
18th to 21st – $ 300
22nd to 25th – $ 250
26th to 30th – $ 200
31st to 35th – $ 150
36th to 40th – $ 100
41st to 50th – $ 75
51st to 75th – $ 50
76th to 100th – $ 25
$ 5,000 Freeroll
The final thing that we’d like to discuss with regard to this promotion is the $ 5k Last Man Standing Freeroll. This tournament takes place on February 10th at 15:00 EST, and getting into the event is easy. All you need to do is survive until February 9th to receive a ticket for the $ 5k freeroll. And the best part is that you can even use your free days to make it this far. So in addition to the $ 27.7k in cash, you also have an opportunity to earn a piece of the $ 5,000 in freeroll money!
I’m a Vanessa Selbst man. I need you to know that right now. It’s a full disclosure of bias in advance of this important news: you can win $ 100 bucks by picking which Team PokerStars Pro will go the deepest in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event.
That’s right. You chose from a list of Team PokerStars Pros and deposit up to $ 100. If your choice in Pros makes it the deepest, PokerStars will match your deposit up to $ 100. It’s as simple as that.
Or is it?
See, it’s not necessarily a short list, and you have to lock in your choice at the time of the deposit. What’s more, it’s more than Team Pros. There are also a few members of Team Online and PokerStars SportsStars thrown in there for good measure. Here’s the list of eligible Pros.
- Vanessa Selbst
- Maxim Lykov
- Jose Ignacio Barbero
- Eugene Katchalov
- Bertrand Grospellier
- Daniel Negreanu
- Jonathan Duhamel
- Liv Boeree
- Jason Mercier
- Andre Akkari
- Jan Heitmann
- Randy Lew
- Isaac Haxton
- Mickey Petersen
- Fatima Moreira De Melo
Vanessa Selbst: the clear choice?Now, there are a lot of things to consider here. ElkY has actually won the PCA before. Isaac Haxton placed second. But every one of those players you see up there right now is on form. Fatima Moreira de Melo just won the Dutch version of Survivor for goodness sake. It’s not going to be easy.
For now, know this: you have until 23:59 ET on January 6 to make your choice and deposit. What’s more, you need to make sure you have the right deposit codes for your choice. For those, visit the PCA 2013 deposit offer home page.
At some point today Jason Tompkins may just have felt he was beginning to own this main event. The Irishman was among the first to break the million mark, then wasted little time turning that into 1.5 million before his stack peaked tonight at 2,423,000.
That puts Tompkins, who talked to us earlier, in a commanding position heading into the penultimate day. Could Ireland be on course for their first EPT win? Those tweeting in support of the man from Kildare seem to think that their hopes are in good hands.
Elsewhere there is hope for the Italian contingent, with eight of their number remaining. At the start of the day the Italian media picked out four. Carmelo Vasta, a former five card draw player, will return tomorrow, but it was curtains for Team Online’s Luca Moschitta as well as Marco Fantini and Michele Di Lauro. But of all the local players it will be Angelo Recchia best placed going into Day 5.
Here’s how the rest of the stacks will line up:
Inge Forsmo – 2,025,000
Ludovic Lacay – 1,731,000
Negjdet Avdylaj – 1,702,000
Angelo Recchia – 1,700,000
Jonas Mackoff – 1,691,000
Iulian Ruxandescu – 1,218,000
Jason Lavallee – 1,066,000
Micah Raskin – 1,042,000
Adrian Piasecki – 1,000,000
Amerigo Santoro – 1,000,000
Matt Salsberg – 783,000
Alberto Musini – 768,000
Michael Benvenuti – 760,000
Giuseppe Cefali – 715,000
Carmelo Vasta – 632,000
Ismael Bojang – 619,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 533,000
Imed Mahmoud – 510,000
Michele Di Lauro – 467,000
Artem Litvinov – 458,000
Thomas Gabriel – 342,000
Andrea Furlanetto – 293,000
Charly Maracchione – 260,000
There were some notable absentees. Former champions Roberto Romanello and David Vamplew were among the first fallers today, Vamplew seen off by Tompkins. Mike Watson followed them shortly after as did Shaun Deeb and Justin Bonomo. Isaac Haxton departed late in the day. A full list of the payouts can be found on the coverage page.
After introductions today, we discussed the minute matter of stallers and four Italian title contenders. We also looked back at the EPT Concierge trip to the karting tracks of Sanremo yesterday.
Switching to the High Roller there were the silent ones and the reloading ones. And did you know this was Isaac Haxton’s first EPT main event cash? In the meantime here’s a load of side event news, and reports from the high roller.
Play continues at 2pm tomorrow.
Do you have what it takes to be the Last Man Standing? This September you get to once again test your mettle as Last Man Standing is back. Over the next 29 days, we’re going to track the VIP points you earn, test your poker endurance and offer up over $ 27,000 in cash prizes starting September 1st.
Last Man Standing is back and better than ever. We are going to track the VIP points you earn throughout the entire month of September to crown the Last Man Standing.
You’re allowed to take one day off (free day) from earning VIP points during the promotion. If you miss one more, you will be eliminated. There will be no more free days allowed after your one free day and the window to use up free days ends on the 10th of September. So after September 10th you are no longer allowed to use a free day. For an in-depth chart of how many VIP points you need to earn as you progress through September.
ChipSplit is very excited to announce our new Last Man Standing promotion across all three of our brands. With a huge offering of up to $ 35,000 in cash prizes, this isn’t a promotion that players want to miss out on.
Starting May 1, 2012, we’re going to track the VIP Points players earn as they grind their way through this promotion. Simply opt-in to the Last Man Standing promotion in your Player Admin to take part in this test of poker endurance and stamina.
How it Works for Players
View the chart located here to track how many VIP Points you need to earn as we progress through May and June. As you can see, the VIP Point totals start small and then begin to ramp up. Keep grinding to stay in the promotion.
You’re allowed to take three days off during the promotion, but if you miss the 4th, you will be eliminated. There will be no more free days allowed after day 45.
The last 25 players in the promotion will split $ 25,075 in cash, with another $ 10,000 in freerolls up for grabs for qualified players from the start of this promotion. Check the prize chart below to see what each place pays out.
As you may already know, Carbon Poker has been giving out double VIP points throughout the month of December. But the catch with this is that you need to play in MTT’s and SNG’s on Mondays and Tuesdays to get the VIP points. This being said, we’re running into the last few chances for players to pick up double VIP points this month.
Today and tomorrow are both excellent chances to grab extra VIP points, and you have up until 23:59 (server time) on Tuesday to do this. Following the beginning of this week, next Monday (December 31st) will be your final chance to get the double points.
Assuming you haven’t already opted-in to this promotion, go to your Player Admin area, and click on the “Activate Promo” button. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be earning the double VIP points in December. And it’s definitely worth the effort to earn as many VIP points as you can since Carbon Poker offers so many benefits to VIP Loyalty Program members.
The best thing you can do with the points is exchange them for real money (cashback). Depending on your level within the VIP program, you can really earn a lot of extra money by doing this. For example, if you were at the Ether level, you’d be able to exchange 5,000 points for every $ 60 (35% cashback).
Aside from the cashback, you can also enter poker tournaments for free with your VIP points, which is certainly a nice bonus! So if you’re looking to pick up extra rewards at Carbon Poker, make sure to take advantage of the remaining double VIP points days this month.
The 148 players left in the Irish Winter Festival Main Event tournament are on a break just before playing the last hour of Day1. The average chip stack is up to 40K and the blinds will increase to 500/1,000, ante 100, as Level 10 begins.
Here are the current chip stacks of Titan Poker’s remaining qualifiers:
Jan Bjoersland (Norway): 39K
Dennis McCartney (USA): 32.5K
Jack Connolly (UK): 40K
Daniele Vagni (Italy): 40 K
Jozsef Vass (Hungary): 38 K
Dorlan Schick (Canada): 9.5K
Owen Shiels (UK): 29K
If you were at a safari park would you ever go up and poke a sleeping lion on the ass and expect to get away with it? No, you would get hurt, potentially eaten in one mouthful and I want someone out there to remember this.
I am back in Lithuania dealing with serious comings and goings in this industry. Things seem to be getting better re the US situation and anything I do find out will be posted on my Twitter immediately.
Anyway, because of my business commitments it meant I couldn’t go to the WPT Barcelona. I did, however, loan my lucky dolls to the PartyPoker.com team for their online qualifier party.
For those who have no clue what I am talking about I had some very special poker player dolls made for me as lucky mascots for the Big Game in Nottingham. They worked as I won over £150k. Anyway the dolls of Hellmuth, Negreanu and me were in Barcelona but got stolen at the rooftop party last night.
There isn’t going to be ransom notes
This is no stupid publicity stunt, there isn’t going to be ransom notes as far as I know but these things were shipped in from Phoenix and I want them back. Quite frankly, I have bigger things to worry about but I can be superstitious at times.
It has just narked me. When I originally bought the Hellmuth doll I thought it would be good to give to him so he could sleep with himself. Give the dolls back so I can do this.
Who has taken them? An online qualifier or a member of staff at PartyPoker.com have to be in the frame. If I find it to be a member of staff at PartyPoker.com I will take this issue up at the highest possible level so return please.
If any other status obsessed individuals are involved in this they’ll get it too. Want to see an ash cloud, wait until I erupt! Baby I’m a firework, come and see my colours burn…
For live updates from WPT Barcelona go here and don’t forget the live stream of the final table on Sunday.