Simon Grabenschweiger on a Common Cents record breaking win

If you read the Blog yesterday you might have noticed our interview with Faraz Jaka, who won the Super Tuesday last week. Jaka is an insightful interviewee, and has a fascinating lifestyle that goes well with his nomadic poker career.

But while Jaka took away more than $100,000 for his win, it's not just the size of the cheque that makes a good story. Professionals are not just those competing for six figures, but those grinding away in the lower stakes too. Sometimes the micro stakes, like last weekend, albeit in a field big enough to set a new record.

That's where Simon "DaDumon" Grabenschweiger ("Dumon" being a play on his name and the formal "Sie" and informal "du" versions of "you" in German) comes in. He's an Austrian pro who, like more than 250,000 others, took a seat in the first ever Common Cents event on PokerStars, and along the way became a record breaker.


simon_grabenscheiger.jpgSimon Grabenschweiger

As far as tournaments go this one sounded like a lot of a PokerStars one, a prize pool of $100,000 and the chance to turn a relatively small investment into a fortune. The difference was the size of that investment - a single cent.

"It was Awesome! I couldn't believe it!"

This was Grabenschweiger, 26, on the win. The task at hand had been enormous. Some 253,698 players (topping the previous record of 225,000) and several hours of play stood in his way, although as Grabenschweiger explained, it helped to pay scant attention.

"I was playing a lot of other MTTs and totally forgot I registered for this a few days before," he said. "When it popped up I actually tried to get rid of it because I had 12 other tables running. I assumed it would be a lot of players, maybe even more then there were. The tournament had a huge overlay."

Even though he'd tried to ditch it, the event soon took on a different appearance, as Grabenschweiger went deeper and deeper. Then there was the adrenaline rush of reaching the final table, even with its push-or-fold nature (this was a Turbo after all). But Grabenschweiger was able to draw on seven years of experience in the game.

"On the final table every hand I won was a key hand I'd say. When we were four players I jammed from the small blind vs the big blind who was third in chips by quite a bit with Q3o, and flopped a Q.

"The short stack busted a few hands later when he shoved into my big blind and I called Q5o getting better than 2-1 and flopped a Q again. Both hands play themselves. Some people on the rail were thinking differently though."

Then with 300 players left Grabenschweiger allowed himself to start thinking that it might be his day.

"With that many players there were almost no regulars at that stage of the tournament, and even though the decisions are pretty easy from a mathematical point of view a lot of players are very inexperienced dealing with such short stacks. I was very confident in my abilities and had the run-good to back them up."

And he was right to be. As ridiculous as it sounded even to him, he'd outlasted the biggest online poker event ever held.

"I mean no one could ever imagine winning a turbo poker tournament vs that many players," said Grabenschweiger, who celebrated with two beers. "And I guess no one turned one cent into $10k in under seven hours before. I mean how would one approach that? That's one million times the buy-in. Nice ROI right there."


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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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