WCOOP profile: Little country, big win for flashdisastr
Luxembourg is not a big place. Dividing the cultural boundary between the romantic south and Germanic north, the country is less than 1,000 square miles in size. That's smaller than America's smallest state, Rhode Island, which measures mote than 1,500 square miles.
There aren't a great many people in Luxembourg either. With about half a million people, it holds about as many citizens as Kansas City, Missouri. So, taken on balance, the accomplishment of one flashdisastr measures pretty big against the country as a whole. Heads-up against Team PokerStars Online's Steven Jacobs, flashdisastr won the 2010 WCOOP Event #11 $320 No-Limit Hold'em (Ante Up) event for $68,072.
"He played very aggressively, but I was fortunate enough cooler him three-handed," flashdisastr said.
After that, flashdisastr had a 7-1 chip advantage and used it to power him all the way to the bracelet, the very first for his tiny country.
A poker player for just the last three years, flashdisastr is a fulltime player who focuses his efforts online.
"I have been putting in a hell of a lot of volume and work on my game these last months," he said. "I feel pretty relieved."
Winning a WCOOP bracelet was one of flashdisastr's big goals, but he also has his sights set on a big live win. That's not necessarily the easiest thing to do without leaving his country.
"There are some games mostly in pubs, but for MTTs there is just nothing worth my time," he said. "Also there is no casino where you are allowed to play poker."
But that is the beauty of living in Luxembourg. It may be small, but that also means it doesn't take much effort to make an international trip.
"You have to leave the country for France or Belgium, which isn't that bad because Luxembourg is such a small country, nothing is really far away," he said.
So, if you're ever in Luxembourg, ask around about the country's biggest poker star. He shouldn't be too hard to find.