Supernova Elite status sends 2009's first to Monte Carlo

VIP-Club.jpg"I tend to live a fairly typical college kid's life."

That's what we heard from a guy named Adam who goes by the handle skilled_sox on PokerStars.

With a name like that, it's not hard to figure out that the 23-year-old goes to school in Boston. How does he have time to do what he's already accomplished and go to school? We're still trying to figure that out, but for the time being, we're going to take issue with how he defines living a "fairly typical college kid's life" because making Supernova Elite is something even hardcore poker obsessives have a hard time doing.

Adam admits, "I obviously spend a lot of time playing poker."

Consider this. The college kid from the American northeast was the first person in the world to reach the ever-elusive VIP Club Supernova Elite status in 2009. He did it just a few weeks back. What's odd, he wasn't trying to win any races.

"Getting Elite first was never a priority," he said. "I play mostly Heads Up Sit and Gos. Starting in February, there had been a ton of high stakes action. I play a lot of hours and multi-table a lot so the VPPs just add up."


The one-time competitive runner is an adrenaline junkie who has been skydiving twice in just the past couple of months. That said, he isn't too keen on the adrenaline of live poker. In fact, he gets into the trips more than the tournaments.

"I don't consider myself a very good tournament player," Adam said, "but it would be great to run really well in a live event."

Right now, Adam is in Monte Carlo for the EPT Grand Final where he will meet up with many more Supernova Elites from last year. Only one can be first, though, and 2009's is the man named skilled_sox.

Although he would obviously enjoy a big score in a tournament sometime soon, he's not really planning for it.

"Basically the plan is just to keep grinding online," he said. "I'm also looking forward to traveling this summer."

All in the life of a typical college student...or something like that.

Brad Willis
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