Name: Martin Balaz
Country: Czech Republic
PokerStars screenname: phasE89
Playing poker since 2007. Online poker PRO since 2010 when I started playing Double or Nothing SnG’s on PokerStars. I wasn’t playing really well and I ended up almost breakeven (not including rakeback). Click on the graph bellow to see the full-size image:
In 2011 PokerStars replaced DoN’s by new Fifty50 tournaments and it was the best thing that could happened to me. I started crushing them (see the video with English subtitles), but I lacked motivation. Then it occured me: I announced a propbet on the local Czech forum that I can play at least 12,000 Fifty50 games in one month and turn profit pre-rakeback. Note that my previous record in one month was just 6,000 games!
It took me just about 3 weeks of full grind, because I have to attend to my dad’s wedding and took a few days off. I won the June propbet in style, here is the 2p2 link with more info about it.
But that wasnt enough for me.
In September 2011 I announced on 2p2 a new propbet for October. I had to play 24,000 Fifty50 SnG’s and turn profit. It seemed almost impossible, yet I didnt find many people willing to bet against me. I was recording myself on webcam the whole time (my justin.tv channel – on the last day there were even hundreds of people online railing and cheering) and posting updates on my Twitter account. I recommend to read through the whole 2p2 thread, the propbet was really exciting to follow. If you don’t have a time for that, in links bellow you can find some brief info:
There are a lot more articles about my achievements in different languages. I will not write all of them down here, I will post only English links.
The next challenge was quite obvious: I had to play about 13-14,000 games in the last two months of 2011 to finally achieve Supernova Elite VIP status. After some troubles with confiscated and returned VPP points I made 1M VPPs total and one of my dreams came true.
And finally, year 2012. I have not played that much online SnG’s, grinding mostly MTT’s live and online with a really nice results. I have won about $75k this year so far (April 2012).
Here you can see the total graph of my poker career so far:
And now I am back in business. As I said in welcome post, there will be a brand new promotional trailer to something very exciting which I will reveal in a few days. Definitely stay tuned!