SCOOP 2012: Two wins, one watch

SCOOP logo.gifMultiple wins seem to be the story in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. It's happened a few times already that a SCOOP superstar has picked up two watches in one festival. Saša "Krumpir" Zorc is not one of those people, but that doesn't mean he isn't a two-time winner.

Zorc comes from Zagreb, Croatia, a place where he almost didn't make it to adulthood. He discovered he had cancer at age 16. And he beat it.

"I don't really like talking about it, but I guess its kinda important since it really helps to put things in perspective," Zorc said. "Losing sessions are nothing horrible really."

After a fight like that, you might imagine Zorc would be too tired to fight for anything else in life. Perhaps he would have just enough left in him to enjoy the little things the universe provides. Maybe that would be just enough.

Not so much. Instead, Zorc attacked life, learned everything he could, and has done more than three people could reasonably be expected to do in one lifetime. He got an advanced degree in math specializing in decision theory. During his college years, he spent a good deal of time, in his words "geeking out" in high level gaming. It was around that time he also started playing poker.

"(I was) winning a lot more than I could possibly make with any starting salary in east Europe," he said.

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Saša Zorc

Meanwhile, he started an IT company that focused on payment solutions, got into management consulting, and worked 70-hour weeks. Oh, and he also got his MBA during that time.

He's since taken a break...to pursue his PhD, of course.

"It's left me a lot more time to spend on poker," he said. "I am a HU PLO specialist, and spend most of my time on those tables, where I am, as far as I know, one of the bigger winners."

He's not exaggerating about his speciality. Last year, he finished runner up in the PLO HU high buy-in SCOOP event. This year, he won the medium buy-in of the same event.

"Just another day at work," he said with a wink. "But, seriously, the win is nice, but it's within the normal monthly variance of the stakes I play, so doesn't really affect my life nor my bankroll in a significant manner."

That, folks, is the outlook of a man who has already won the biggest fight of his life. He may go on to win a lot more watches, WCOOP bracelets, or whatever he wants. It will all be just another day at work. Once you've won your life, it seems, SCOOP wins may not seem all that monumental. That said, when you're looking to keep track of the extra life you've earned, the hands of a SCOOP championship watch will do the job just fine.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in SCOOP