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.
In Part 1 of this series I looked at a couple of fairly unknown poker players and now in Part 2 of this series I will look at three fairly well-known commodities in the poker world. For free Titan Poker software please do check out our Titan Poker Download section.
Martin Jacobson has been cashing in major tournaments since 2008, but you wouldn’t know it by how little fanfare the young Swede gets. With nine six-figure scores and nine WSOP/WPT/EPT final tables the only thing Jacobson is missing is a win. But considering his consistency (five years on tour and five years of earning at least $260k, with over $100k already booked in 2013) it’s only a matter of time before he takes one of these events down.
Up until last year Dominik Nitsche was quite overlooked considering he was competing with a slew of talented young German players for headlines, but that all changed when Nitsche took-down a WSOP tournament and a WPT Main Event in 2012. Now he has a resume to rival any of his German peers with over $2 million in career tournament earnings, as well as an LAPT title, a pair of big wins in Cyprus, and 2nd place finish at the 2009 WPT Marrakech High-Roller tournament.
Jason Somerville has the distinction of being the first big-name porker player to come out, and with over $2.5 million in career tournament earnings he definitely qualifies as a big enough name for that honor. Somerville has been around the poker world for well over five years now, and in that time he has racked-up an impressive list of accomplishments:
- 1st place in the $1,000 NLHE event at the 2011 WSOP
- 3rd place in the 2012 One Drop mega-satellite ($400,000)
- Five (including his win) Top 5 finishes in WSOP tournaments
- WPT Final table at the 2012 LA Poker Classic
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