Every year, I like many other writers come up with a ‘Players to Watch’ list, and while there are a number of “Poker Players to Watch” it seems like every year these lists have a batting average somewhere around the Mendoza Line thanks to the incredible variance in tournament poker. So this time around I’ve decided to change it up a bit and take a look at five poker players who have already made their mark in the world of tournament poker, and should be moved from the “Players to Watch” to the “Rising Stars” list. So without anymore fanfare, here is my list of five Rising Stars in tournament poker.
Part 1 of this series will list two players you may or may not have heard of, while Part 2 of this series will look at three fairly well-known commodities in the poker world.
Ole Schemion is one of the many young German poker players taking the world by storm. Schemion made his live tournament debut by winning a $1,000 NLHE side event at the 2011 EPT Berlin tournament series (he won yet another $1k side event at the 2012 EPT Berlin), and capped off a remarkable year-long run with a win in the final Partouche Poker Tour Main Event this past September; winning over $1.4 million in the process.
The controversy surrounding the final Partouche Poker Tour event overshadowed Schemion’s win (pushing his story to the backburner in much the same way Kevin MacPhee’s 2010 EPT Berlin win was overshadowed by the robbery) but Schemion has proven to be far more than a one trick pony, logging two more six-figure scores in the past few months –the first coming at the Master’s Classic of Poker in Amsterdam where he won $369k for his victory, followed by a 4th place finish at the $25k High-Roller event at the 2013 PCA, adding another $350k to his bankroll.
Lucille Cailly burst onto the European tournament scene with a deep run in thed 2012 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo where she finished in 2nd place for a massive $1.4 million score. But Cailly was already amassing a number of big scores prior to her breakthrough at the EPT Grand Final. Cailly finished 2nd in the Marrakech Poker Open in December of 2009 and won her first live poker tournament in March of 2011, a $1,000 buy-in event in Paris where she earned over $37k.
Since her big score Cailly has cashed in an EPT Main Event, a WPT Main Event, and a WSOP tournament. If she can keep up these results, look for Cailly to ascend to the top of the female poker player hierarchy in the very near future. Get an in depth review on Titan Poker on our Review Section.
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