PokerStars Sunday Million Winner Profile - avkid86

When Aryan “avkid86” Virabi won a satellite into last week’s Sunday Million, he never imagined that his second try at online poker’s biggest weekly tournament would end with him in first place and taking down $138,101.00 for his evening’s work. The top prize was the result of a four-way deal at the final table that left $30,000 for the eventual winner. In last place when the deal was struck, Virabi displayed patience and tenacity in outlasting two opponents to get to heads-up play.

It only took a dozen hands or so for Virabi to take the lead, and then he flopped top two pair on the final hand to grab the brass ring that every online player dreams of – a Sunday Million win on PokerStars. For a college student whose previous biggest tournament win was about $1,000, this was a heck of a jump. We caught up with Virabi this week and got a little bit of the skinny on his background.

A college student, Virabi uses poker “to get away from all the work.” He plays a lot with friends at local casinos and some home games, but discovered online poker about three years ago. Once he found PokerStars in the beginning of 2007, he was hooked ever since.

This was only his second shot at the Sunday Million, as he only plays when he can satellite in. A fan of the big MTTs, Virabi also enjoys the multi-table turbo sit n’ gos on PokerStars. He’s mostly a hold’em player, but sprinkles in some Omaha Hi/Lo for an occasional change of pace.

Living in the UK has given Virabi the chance to test his skills in some local casinos and tournament series, including the GUKPT last year. He made the final table in a GUKPT side event last year and cut a deal at the final table to net nearly $12,000.

Virabi said that the big turning point for him came late in the tournament when he was able to put together a streak of five hands in a row where he tripled his short stack and moved back into contention for the final table. When the idea of a chop came up with four left, Virabi happily accepted a deal that guaranteed him at least $100,000. With the deal in place, he thought “I’ve come this far may not get another chance so let’s make the most of it.” He certainly did, outlasting three opponents with bigger stacks to claim his first ever Sunday Million victory and the lion’s share of the prize money.

Congrats to Aryan “avkid86” Virabi for a spectacular final table performance!