WCOOP Profile: 2FLY2TILT can play on clay, grass, and felt
Find a tennis player who can play equally well on clay, grass, and hard courts and you've found a player you should watch. Until just a few years ago, you might have been watching a man named Joel Adam Gordon.
London born and raised, Gordon moved to Barcelona, Spain at age 16 and played professional tennis for four years. Today you'll find him in Las Vegas, the city of sin, and Gordon's home base for the World Championship of Online Poker. It appears to have served him well.
With WCOOP just a few days old, Gordon has secured himself his first bracelet. The man known as 2FLY2TILT took down Event #4, the no-limit 2-7 single draw contest (read more about his win in Jen Newell's WCOOP Event #4 final table report).
No-limit single draw deuce to seven? Who plays that? Apparently, 23-year old pros who can play just about anything from tennis to poker.
"I am aiming to be one of the most versatile and well-rounded players around," Gordon said. "I like to think of a tennis player who can play well on all surfaces and compare it to poker."
Gordon has been playing poker competitively since age 14 and professionally for the past three years.His older brother taught him the game after watching the cult poker favorite Late Night Poker.
"I used to play heads-up pot limit hold'em against my brother regularly and until I was old enough to play online," Gordon said.
Since then, Gordon has taken to turning himself into a man who can play on any felt. From Hold'em to 2-7 to all variants Omaha, Gordon has found success. He said he aims "to learn and improve as much as realistically possible within the given time - online this can happen quickly with some games, and take much longer to master other areas of play."
Looking back at his win, Gordon finds himself still excited.
"It was really satisfying to reach the final table," he said. "Winning was a great feeling, especially as the WCOOP is such a prestigious championship and opportunities to take down bracelets are few and far between."
Looking back, Gordon remembers being in the top four and thinking that the money no longer mattered. He wanted the win and the braclet.
"I was essentially going for the win and trying to knockout 3rd and 4th places along the way," he said.
He achieved that goal and went into heads-up play with a significant chip advantage.
"I could almost taste the bracelet," he said, "but nothing should ever be taken for granted in final table play."
He learned that quickly when two all-in confrontations went the other way. Finally, though, he put his opponent away and sat back to relish his victory. He didn't rest for long.
A lot of people would take the time to relax and enjoy the extra tens of thousands of dollars in the account. Instead, Gordon is looking to play as many of the remaining WCOOP events as possible--including his favorite, the $10,000 HORSE contest.
So, now it's a couple more weeks of poker for Gordon, and then to Mexico City to spend time with his girlfriend, and then maybe several trips on the Latin American Poker Tour.
Congratulations to Gordon for his first WCOOP win. If his attitude is any indication, we'll probably be using his name a lot over the coming year.