Mystery man 1Bunn snags third Supernova Elite spot in 2009
Many people revel in the celebrity poker can bring. Whether it is an appearance on television or a huge online win, it is pretty common for a person's real name to become inextricably tied to his screen name.
Not so for the man known as 1Bunn on PokerStars.
"I like the anonymity of online poker," he told us this week.
His answer came in response to our discovery that he has become PokerStars third Supernova Elite of 2009.
Despite wanting to keep his identity a secret, 1Bunn was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about what it is like
What you do outside of poker?
1Bunn:I live in the Midwestern United States and I am 24 years old. I have enjoyed playing video games my entire life. To advance to the top of any video game it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. In late 2006 I decided to try playing poker online for real money after years of watching it on TV. It seemed to me that playing poker required the same hard work and dedication and it was possible to turn a profit.
Being a very risk adverse person I knew the only way I would ever be able to move up in the world of poker is to start at the very bottom with .01/.02 no limit cash games. I have always preferred cash games over tournaments because of the increased freedom they provide. Ever since I learned of the PokerStars VIP program in 2007 I wanted to try making Supernova Elite, but I knew I wasn't able to play at a high enough level to achieve the 1 million VPPs.
Were you trying to get to Elite or did it just happen that way?
1Bunn: I take pride in playing as much as possible. It would be foolish not to take advantage of this opportunity. Since I began playing online nearly three years ago, I think I have only taken one day off and I could not be happier. I know I don't have the natural ability to be the best poker player in the world, but maybe if I play more hands than anyone else I can be successful, too. People go into job interviews and exclaim the
cliche "What a great opportunity this is" when they don't really mean it.
The Pokerstars Supernova Elite program truly is a great opportunity.
What games did you play to make Elite?
1Bunn: At the beginning of 2009 I knew I was ready to try for Supernova Elite. I started playing 20+ tables of $1/$2 no limit hold'em. I really enjoy the non stop action of doing this. The constant decision making reminds me of a fast paced video game. I know the VPPs don't come in as fast for us no-limit cash game players compared to limit hold'em cash games or Sit and Gos, but no-limit cash games are my favorite, so that is
what I play.
How do you plan to take advantage of your status?
1Bunn:Now that I have achieved Supernova Elite, I plan on taking advantage of the live tournament buy-ins that go along with it. That means traveling and representing PokerStars the best I can, but I'm still putting in the hard work and dedication that got me to Supernova Elite.
Do you do anything besides play poker?
1Bunn: Aside from playing poker I am a vegan who is interested in environmental and political issues. Health is very important to me also. I love to work out in between my poker sessions.
Now that you've made Elite, what's your next big challenge?
1Bunn: WCOOP main event in September.