Checking in with the Crazies
I've met a lot of crazy poker people in my day.
There was the guy who got in a fight over a poker room's jackpot, left, and returned with a guitar. He sat in the middle of the room and sang "Amazing Grace."
There was the guy who got a table massage from a masseuse for nearly an hour before asking her to lean in so he could tell her a secret. Moments later, she recoiled and said, "I'm sorry, sir. I don't do that." She finished the massage nonetheless.
There was the hard-of-hearing man who thought he was being robbed and fired a shot through his front door. (It was the police, and, no, it didn't end well).
Those kinds of folks are what I like to call the Bad Crazies. And then there are people like a few PokerStars players who are, at least in my estimation, ridiculously Good Crazies.
A little earlier today, we published a blog post from Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier in which he set a goal for profitting $1 million in 2013. It's a lofty goal, but one few people will bet much money against. I mean, he's Jason Mercier, after all, and the fact that he doesn't have a Hendon Mob entry so far this year probably doesn't mean a great deal.
But what about the man who calls himself MouldyOnions? As you might have heard, the guy set out at the beginning of the year to be the first Supernova and first Supernova Elite. Alex Wice foiled the first goal, but MouldyOnions is on pace to be the first person to make Supernova Elite. He crossed the 900,000 VIP Player Point mark a few days ago and today sits at 916,708. If he doesn't slow down, it doesn't appear anyone has a chance at catching him. Two years ago, Andrew Li hit Supernova Elite on February 28. If MouldyOnions stays on pace, he will be the fastest to Elite in history, which, of course, is all kinds of Good Crazy.
But let's not yet call him the King of Crazy, because there is still Mr. Andre Coimbra to consider.
You might know him. He's the member of Team Online who played all 100 events during one MicroMillions series. He's the kind of guy who likes to challenge himself to ridiculous pursuits. This year? Well, this year he's vowed to turn $100 into $100,000. And then he wants to donate his winnings to charity.
Let me be the first to say, I not only thought Coimbra was crazy, I thought he was setting out on a mission doomed to certain failure. I mean, most people I know have a hard time turning $100 into $200, let alone $100 into $100,000.
So, imagine my surprise when I check Coimbra's blog and discovered that in the first six weeks of 2013, he's turned his $100 into $7,300. Not only is he crazy, but so are his results.
So, there things stand. Jason Mercier is crazy. MouldyOnions is crazy. Andre Coimbra is crazy.
If only we could be so crazy, eh?
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging