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Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #11 Dwyte Pilgrim

December 27th, 2010 No comments
Dwyte Pilgrim

Dwyte Pilgrim's WPT Title was a moment that changed his story from good to great.

Fair or not, there is often a distinction between the “big leagues” and the “minor leagues” when it comes to poker tournaments.  While the greater buy in tournaments garner more prestige, there are far more tournaments run throughout Casino’s globally that don’t feature buy-ins at the $1,000 and up level.  So many poker tournaments are held that have a couple hundred bucks as the entry fee, and first prize pays well under $100k.  Their tournaments aren’t necessarily on the radar of most professional poker players as the return on their investments doesn’t make them worth their time, especially since little to no notoriety comes along with the prizes.

In 2009, Dwyte Pilgrim won 2 World Series of Poker Circuit Championship Rings.  He coupled that year with a total of $332k in earnings, a very respectable number for any red-blooded human in any profession.  That total placed him in the top 300 of poker players around the globe in earnings for the 2009 year, and he began to really appear on the radar as the “King of the Minor Leagues.” Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stores – #12 Vladimir Schemelev

December 27th, 2010 2 comments
Vladamir Schemelev

Vladamir Schemelev had an incredible WSOP in 2010, coming just 1 card short of a bracelet

The last few years at the World Series of Poker, there seems to have been a breakout by a player from Russia.  In 2008, it was Ivan Demidov who finished runner up in the Main Event in Las Vegas, and also final tabled the WSOP-Europe Main Event, finishing in 3rd.  In 2009, Vitaly Lunkin began the WSOP winning the $40k No Limit Hold’em event, and then finding 2 more final tables at the WSOP with a 2nd place finish in the $10k Pot Limit Omaha and a 4th place finish in the $50k H.O.R.S.E Championship, booking well over $2.7 Million between all of his cashes at the WSOP events.  But this year, it was an unknown cash specialist that took the WSOP by surprise named Vladimir Schemelev.

The first time that I saw Schemelev was at the $50k Players Championship event at the World Series of Poker Read more…