I rushed to get a cheeky bet in on Ole. Of course, with One Drop, there is the risk that the player won’t attend, what with it being a seven-figure buy-in, which no doubt impacted the odds. However 80-1 in a 56 capped field seemed like a steal, especially considering Ole might be the best live tournament player in the world right now.
This belief of mine was vindicated by the fact that, within an hour, Ladbrokes had suspended the market and now he is rightly priced at 22-1. Obviously they realised their error.
I was also vindicated by the fact that last week, Ole won the EPT player of the season. He had amassed over $2.1 million over 14 cashes this season. He also did something quite amazing in that three times he managed to cash in the Main Event, High Roller and Super High Roller at the same EPT stop (In Barcelona, the PCA and Monaco) – what is being dubbed as the 'EPT Triple Crown'.
But what is truly amazing about all of this, is that this year will be his first trip to Vegas, as he is just 21 years old. In the few years he has been legally allowed to play live poker in Europe, he has amassed more than $5 million in cashes. Enough to make him currently the number one on the Global Poker Index list without a single US cash. I’m sure there have been under-21s who have won similar amounts online before they were legal to play the WSOP, but I’m not sure I have ever seen anyone this prolific in live events at such a young age.
The way in which his peers talk about him reminds me in the way I hear poker players describe sharing a table with Phil Ivey. A mixture of intimidation and dumbfoundment that anyone can be that good.
Of course I am super jealous that anyone that young can have ‘the world by its balls’ (To quote Tony Soprano) so much, especially when I realise that Ole was 11 when I first started playing. However, I’m so pleased that I managed to get in on an 80-1 sweat on the player who is probably the favourite in any tournament he plays right now.
Is Ole Schemion the best live MTT player in the world right now? If not, who is?
Thread of the weekIt's the last few hours to get in on this, so I felt it was worthy of a bump.
is doing a survey for a postdoctoral research project at Newcastle University about betting behaviour in online poker. He is giving away 4 x $50 Amazon vouchers as prizes for people who participate.
Anything that furthers our understanding of poker and behaviour is good in my book (but really, it's all about those Amazon vouchers).
LOL of the weekI'm surprised I haven't featured Stapes in this section before, so I will rectify that right now:
Running hotMay started with the following:
• Interviews with Triple Crown winner Jake Cody and double-EPT champion Vicky Coren.
• I asked the question: would you encourage your children to play poker?
• SCOOP has started and we made some suggestions of the toughest online tournaments.
• Can we collectively win a million dollars this year? That's the new community challenge.
• Congrats to LemOn36 - the PokerStrategy.com Heads-Up Champion.
Coming upA big month ahead, and it starts with:
• Several big interviews with men who are planning big things during the SCOOP festival.
• Look out for the 'Theory Battle' from our Poker School.
• Live coaching from Gandolparah, UriPeleg and lnternet.
• New videos from Schnitzelfisch, Splitsuit and BogdanPS.
|Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2. He has been working in the poker industry for nine years and in 2013 won the APAT Award for Best Poker Media Provider. You can learn more about his work here.
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