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Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

I hope you all are sticking to your poker-related and other resolutions ten days into the New Year. Did you guys know about GPI—it’s the Global Poker Index—a technical rating system for poker players. Ole Schemion leads the list, but my man Dan “The Kid” Negreanu is a close second. Talk about grit and determination. Great start to an endless career. Olé!

2014 brings us some pinchy news too. Justin “BoostedJ” Smith, was recently busted, just like his alias, for collaborating with mafia running an illegal site. Hmm . . . I never really made close poker friends. Well done, Vinnie! Jokes aside, as singer Tommy Edwards would put it – “It’s all in the game!” But Id say, if there’s “Money for nothing, and chicks for free” there’s gotta be ‘Trouble, spelt with a Capital Tee.” Our Million Dollar Babies tend to shake it off easily and get on with the game, so I’m not too worried.

Dibella and LeFrancoisNow, back to business. Pokerstars Carribean Adventure 2014 (PCA) hosts its Main Event at the Atlantis Casino in the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas! Yes, rub it in. As if gambling for a living wasn’t enough, they get to gamble in heaven! This time we have 2011 WSOP Bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois, and 2012 PCA Main Event winner John Dibella on the heater. The regulars seem to do it again and again!

I’ve watched too many poker videos and tried to understand how they do it, and other than technical babble, I think it’s something to do with extreme focus. I remember  preaching my FIST theory to my friend in 2012. Hold out two fists. You have to practice one FIST – Focus, Intuition, Solitude, Technique . . . and you have to eliminate the other FIST – Fear, Indecisiveness, Somber, Tilt. These guys are doing exactly that. Almost like meditating at the poker table. As I get ready to channel my energies in 2014 from poker to some of my other hobbies, I’ll be playing at the Rumba Cafe Columbus tonight – music, not poker!

Keep your FOCUS!

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vinny-with-shades2Confessions of a Grinder

When I speak of the Million-Dollar Swing Club I am referring to the group that regularly faces million-dollar swings playing online poker. On how many occasions have you drooled at the half-a-million-dollar stacks on the Game Show Network’s High Stakes poker videos? Although we grind our way to the big stake cash games, we constantly dream about winning big paydays at the poker table. There can’t be any better feeling than a million-dollar win playing poker. Well, there are guys out there who are actually doing it!

According to, the following is a list of the top three million-dollar winners in the month of March 2013:

Viktor Blom


22 year old Swedish sensation Viktor Blom aka “Isildur1” pocketed a massive $2.3 million in March for the gold medal. At 19, this poker beast was spotted online, matching wits with poker players such as Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Phil Ivey – a feat that can only be achieved by someone “missing a chromosome,” said Finnish poker pro Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies. Personally, I would give up a chromosome for a million-dollar pay day.

Patrick Antonius


Patrick Antonius from Finland claims the second place with a $1.8 million profit, after 54 cash game sessions and a total of 5,000 hands! Patrick Antonius, who is also a skilled tennis player and a fashion model, has been making waves in the poker circuit with his aggressive style of poker. He is known to constantly put a lot of pressure on high stakes opponents from all across the globe. He has the ability to make huge bluffs without moving a muscle. Now, that’s a poker face!

Alexander Kostritsyn


Alexander Kostritsyn from Russia takes the bronze medal. Kostritsyn, who started playing online poker in 2005 with his family’s savings of $150 — given to him by his mother who always believed in him — won over $1. 2 million last month. Kostritsyn, who is a successful chess and StarCraft player, never practiced bankroll management because he believed he had a 95% (19 to 1) edge over players who he knew he could beat – talk about self-confidence!

Are you one of those poker players missing a chromosome? If not, would you give one  up for a million-dollar pay day?

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At the 10th anniversary of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure held at the Atlantis Resort and Casino, on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst became the 2013 PCA High Roller Champion!  She shipped the $25,500 High Roller event and racked up $1,424,420 for her victory, making her the highest-earning female poker player of all time. She is also 40th in the all-time money list.

If you want to compete at these kind of events you better sharpen your poker skills. Practice, practice, practice. Play thousands of poker hands, watch all the poker videos and read all the Texas Hold em poker books you can get your hands on. Maybe, just maybe we will see you next year at the 11th anniversary of the PCA.


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