Reaching Supernova Elite status is arguably the most difficult thing for an online poker player to achieve. It takes most of the Elites the better part of a year to nail the coveted status. Andrew "azntracker" Li has done it in two months, breaking the previous speed record by nearly three weeks.
If you're unfamiliar with the PokerStars VIP Club's Supernova Elite status, you might want to sit down before you try to wrap your mind around it. To achieve the loftiest of VIP heights, a player must rack up 1 million VIP Player points during a calendar year. The previous record belonged to Team Online member George "Jorj95" Lind who reached Supernova Elite on March 18th, 2008 (which was a leap year, if you're keeping score). Li hit the 1 million mark yesterday on February 28th.
As Li wrote on his blog today, "This is very reminiscent of the feeling I used to get shortly after finishing a huge exam or project back in college - I would characterize it as 'subdued elation.' I'm not going crazy in jubilation or anything like that, but I am tremendously happy that I was able to accomplish this."
That's about the type of thing you might expect to hear from a guy who pretty much did nothing but grind from sunup to sundown since he returned from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure last month.
To break the record, Li ended up playing 50 out of 59 straight days with winning days as much as $12,732 and losing sessions as big as -$17,511. And try this on for a statistic: Li writes that so far in 2011 he has left-clicked his mouse more than 1.1 million times.
Also interesting was that Li didn't start off intending to shatter the old record. He was grinding as normal, but then noticed Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was giving him a run and "poker_in_pb" was actually ahead. That's when Li kicked it into high gear and started going after the record. Now, he's done it, and he's done it in record-breaking fashion.
As he wrote today, "I will most definitely relish many things I took for granted in the past. I will relish not having to play every single game that goes off. I will relish not having to play as soon as I wake up pretty much and not ending until after normal peoples' dinnertimes."
If making Supernova Elite is your goal, do yourself a favor and go read Li's blog (that's also where we stole the grinding picture above). It's an eye-opening read from one of the nicer guys playing the game right now.
Congrats, Andrew. Now, give that mouse finger a rest for a couple of days.