Darrell Goh and the itchy feet: A SCOOP success story
If we outfitted Darrell Goh with a red and white striped shirt, we could play a live game of Where's Waldo.
When he first slipped onto our radar a couple of years ago, the young man was decidedly rootless. Though he was originally from Northern Ireland, he had spent that year living in Budapest and Playa del Carmen. Today? Today Goh is in Vienna, Austria playing (and, it should be noted, winning) the Spring Championship of Online Poker.
"I don't tend to stay in one place for too long. I get itchy feet I guess," Goh said. "With all the freedom of being an online poker pro at this sort of age, I may as well take advantage of that!"
While Goh was bebopping around the globe and making his bones on the live circuit, he was also playing as FourSixFour on PokerStars. This year, that got interesting pretty quickly.
Goh was the first out of the gates with a win, nailing a $123,780 first prize in the opening day $1,050 NL Hold'em SCOOP event. Later that day, he placed 14th in the $1,050 Six-Max event for another $7,871. That and another small finish has put him on the front page of the SCOOP leader board in the early days of the series. That wasn't part of his plan.
"I suppose I went into the series with the goal of making some money so I would be aiming for player points in theory," he said. "We'll see what happens, but I'm only going to be playing bigger buy-in NL events and likely not all of them, either. So, it seems unlikely I'll stay near the top of the leaderboard."
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Goh has had his ups and downs since he made the decision to go pro, but variance isn't a four-letter word in his dictionary. He's lived with it, and at the rate he's moving, it seems unlikely variance will catch up. Already this year, he's spent three months in Australia and New Zealand. Late this year, he's planning to crash in Barcelona and Canada.
"The bouncing around has not stopped," Goh said. "I've been fortunate enough to be able to visit amazing parts of the world and hope to continue to do so. I think the more significant things in my life will happen after poker, and when I settle in one place for a longer period of time. Poker takes up a lot of my focus right now."
With that, Goh returns to the SCOOP grind, where--even if he doesn't win the Player of the Series--he aims to bank enough money to keep his bankroll flush and his feet as itchy as possible.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.