5 years ago, screen names such as “Annette_15
”, “urindanger”, “Stamdogg”, and “OMGClayAiken
” would have been more synonymous with an online chat room or dating website. Now these screen names represent some of the top online poker players in the world and the fact that they’ve become so famous shows just how far online players have come as a whole. Poker fame is no longer relegated to the live pros that play in land-based tournaments since outstanding online players are recognized long before they ever cash in a WSOP event. Take Annette Obrestad (Annettte_15) as an example of the online players’ growing popularity. The 20 year-old became a poker legend in the United States despite not even being legally old enough to enter a US casino after winning hundreds of thousands of dollars online. After starting out in freerolls at the age of 15, she has supposedly never deposited any money into an online poker account. Tom Dwan (durrrr) is another player who has experienced considerable fame and success due to his online background. The Boston University drop out realized poker would be his career after grinding through various limits before reaching the high stakes games of $500/$1,000 No Limit cash games. By the time durrrr was old enough to enter live American tournaments, he was already well known by many of the players. Even live pros are starting to be recognized by their online screen names with stars like Barry Greenstein, “barryg1”, and Phil Hellmuth, “#1_lucky_one”, hitting the cyber tables quite frequently. With the rise of online players and the way famous live pros are playing on the Internet so much, online poker has never been hotter.
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