Two more Supernovas cross Elite finish line

VIP-Club.jpgWe're not even sure people look at wall calendars anymore.

Back in the day, you could walk into auto repair shop, look at the wall calendar, and not only see a photo of a scantily clad woman, but also what day it was. It was very handy. These days, the kids are all using smartphones and other hand-dandy widgets to look at women and the day of the month.

That all said, if you could find a wall calendar and looked at it today, you would see we are less than two months away from the deadline to make it to Supernova Elite in the PokerStars VIP Club. We're expecting a fairly good flood of players in the coming weeks. For now, though, we have two more well-known players who have made into the ranks of the Elite.

The first is Brent Wheeler, 23, the man known on PokerStars as bdubs3737. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Wheeler now lives in Tucson, AZ with fellow PokerStars player Bill Ivey. On the first day of the year, he made it his mission to make it to Supernova Elite and actually led the pack for the first several weeks. However, once he got busy with the World Series of Poker, he slowed down and spent the next few months grinding his way to a million VPPs.

Though it took him a little extra time to get there, he's spent it well and in eclectic fashion.

"I love to travel and to try new things, especially foreign foods," he said. "I've recently taken up painting in acrylics and skateboarding. I'm terrible at both so far."

No matter how good he is at those pursuits, he seems good at the poker thing. He's currently trying to bang out a $75,000 win in a matter of a couple of weeks. We wish him the best of luck.


Just about the same time Wheeler made it to Supernova Elite, another driven 23-year-old crossed the finish line. The man known as teacuppoker on PokerStars is a California guy who recently graduated with a business degree. What happened next is a story best told by the man himself.

"I moved to Las Vegas after graduation for a several months and made some very poor investment decisions away from the tables in stocks," he said. "At the same time I hit the worst poker slump of my life and decided to walk away from the game and attempt to pursue a job in trading or business related. After several months of studying up for several jobs and no successes in a rough job market, I started playing some low stakes SNG's on pokerstars again at $11 or $22. That was probably no more than a week or two before New Year 2009."

And so there he was, riding it out in the low stakes and trying to gain a foothold. That was all less than 12 months ago. The next thing he knew, he had worked his way back up to the bigger stakes SNGs, final tabled a big SCOOP event, and had Supernova Elite in sight.

Obviously, he made it, and in well enough time to set some goals for the future.

"I would like to maintain Supernova Elite in 2010 which means continuing to play a decent amount of SNGs," he said. "I would also like to spend alot more time playing the 8-game mix for the remainder of this year and next year. Finally, I'd like to work on my live tournament game a lot in 2010 and hopefully have some successes."

We're going to guess if he can make it from $11 SNGs to Supernova Elite in a matter of months, he can do just about anything he wants in 2010.


Congratulations to both men, and good luck to everybody who's still trying to make it to Elite.

Brad Willis
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