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CardPlayer’s Player of the Year Named

28 December 2010 by admin

Normally I would not give too much thought to the world of brick and mortar casinos and their happenings. But every now and then brick and mortar happenings pop up on my radar, and I feel compelled to say something one them.

CardPlayer’s Player of the Year is one such blip on my gambling radar. Typically CardPlayer will name their Player of the Year based on a variety of things, in addition to points players in the point race earn through playing throughout the year. Those other things where a player places in a tournament and at the final table; the buy-in amount they make for a tournament; as well as the number of players they are up against in a tournament.

But this year’s CardPlayer of the Year is no ordinary poker player. Thomas Marchese started out as an online poker player, playing in online poker tournaments. This year saw Marchese make the leap from anonymous online poker play to face to face tournament play. And what a year it has been for him indeed.

At the £5k North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Deep Stack Extravaganza Marchese took home $827,648. And then he snagged a fourth place finish in the €25k NL High Roller Event. That fourth place finish brought him $350,125. In fact the only months out of the last twelve that Marchese did not take home any cash was in May, July and December. Not too shabby. There are probably a lot of professional poker players out there that would love to have a year like Marchese.

When the time came to add up Marchese’s total payouts for the 2010 year it was discovered that he had a total of $2,115,160 in payouts. And this is from the sixteen poker tournaments that Marchese played in this year. He amassed another $479,854 from the online poker tournaments he played in this year. And while the $479,854 does not seem like a lot when compared to the more than $2 million Marchese won in live tournaments, it is a lot of winnings from online poker tournaments as such tournaments do not offer up as much.

In talking about his year and his transition, Marchese is quite pleased and he does not feel he is at a disadvantage: “It has been good for me. In previous years I have had issues with patience and things like that. I finally ironed it out and I have a more consistent and patient game. For me, since I come from cash games online and then going to tournaments where there is a lot of deep stack play I have an advantage over online tournament players, who are used to much shorter stacks. I feel like I have a good skill set for live and it has worked out so far.”

And chances are high that this year’s CardPlayer Player of the Year will continue to do well in live tournament player. What I find so extraordinary is that Marchese was not only able to make the jump from online poker tournaments to live poker tournaments, but that he was so successful with it. Many online poker tournament players try to make the jump from online to live, and while they eventually make some success with it, it takes them longer than a year mostly because of the difference in stacks—online tournaments, like Marchese said, have smaller chip stacks to play with, especially when compared to the chip stacks in live poker tournament play.

We here at OCS send our congratulations to Mr. Thomas Marchese and wish him many more successful years of poker tournament play, be it in online poker tournaments or in live poker tournaments

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