Who is brainwash?

You know what's fun to do? Hit somebody with a whole buncha questions right after they've won a whole buncha money.

Sunday night, PokerStars player brainwash won one of PokerStars' biggest $500,000 Guarantee prizes ever. For his first place finish, brainwash cashed for a whopping $159,965.

Not 12 hours after winning, brainwash said, "I am still in a state of shock. $160,000 is a lot of money."

The San Clemente, California man has only been playing poker for a couple of years. He started playing online at PokerStars about a year and half ago. Recently, something must have clicked, because he has been on quite a rush. While $159,965 is his biggest win to date, he's had a couple of other big paydays this month, including taking fourth place for $28,000 in PokerStars Sunday $350,000 Guarantee.

It was a stroke of luck in this week's tournament that turned everything around.

Next came the hand that turned the tables for the night. The table folded around the brainwash in the small blind who simply called for another 20,000. Muchjka raised and made it 20,000 to go. Brainwash would have none of that and pushed in his remaining chips, a whopping 895,579. Muchajka called. Brainwash showed a surprising K6o. Muchjka showed AJs. The board put out two sixes, though, handing trips and 1.8 million chip pot to brainwash.

Brainwash, who will readily admit he caught very luck on that hand, said, after that point, "I felt that there was nothing that could stop me."

Now, with a great April almost behind him, brainwash is looking forward to using his winnings to enter some bigger live tournaments, buy a new car, and, in his words, some "other toys."

In short, he says, "I plan on going all out having the time of my life."

Congratulations to brainwash for his great month.

Be sure to head over to PokerStars and sign up for this Sunday's $350,000 Guarantee.

Brad Willis
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