World Cup of Poker: Can Poland prevent an American repeat?

Team Poland has been here before. Led by Philip Hilm, Poland took down the 2006 World Cup of Poker at the live finals in Barcelona, defeating the Tom McEvoy-captained Team USA for the title. Two years later, they're back after overcoming challenges from Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Turkey to capture the Europe II Divisional title and stamp their ticket to the Bahamas. Freeroll qualifiers BartekPL and morderbest will join two top finishers on the Polish Tournament Leaderboard on the island of Atlantis to see if history can indeed repeat itself.

Team Poland's Borys313 is an accomplished and prolific Omaha 8 or better cash game player who also plays a high volume of SNGs. He is, quite simply a VPP-earning machine, playing up to 24 tables at a time as he chases Supernova Elite status. Borys313 made his first deposit on PokerStars in late 2005, putting $50 into his account and grinding out a bankroll in the $0.10/$0.25 O8 ring games. By March 2008 he was regularly sitting at the $10/$20 PLO8 and the $75/$150 limit O8 tables. Perhaps fearless to a fault, Borys313 once, as legend has it, bet half his bankroll on a triple-barrel bluff in a live Omaha game. Luckily for him, his opponent tanked and folded! After enduring a number of large swings by playing at higher limits, Borys313 decided to mellow out a bit and can now be found mostly at the $5/$10 PLO8 tables or playing heads-up SNGs.


Pawel "kAmIkAdZeEe" Chimmel's TLB status earned him a spot on Team Poland. Originally from the small town of Tomaszow Lubelski, Chimmel now lives in Warsaw where he shares a flat with his girlfriend and his brother. Poker has been a huge part of his life for the last 4-5 years. With pot-limit Omaha as his game of choice, Chimmel ground his way up through the limits, going from micro-stakes to "very high stakes." He is also a seasoned live tournament player, having played in a number of EPT events along with the WSOP Main Event.

Of poker in Poland, Chimmel tells us, "The market is growing and we are expecting it to boom, especially after the success of Marcin Horecki." Horecki joined Team PokerStars Pro earlier this year.

Will it be Poland who stands in the way of an American repeat? They will if Chimmel has anything to say about it.

"The Polish team did win it couple of years ago, so the expectations are high, but we will want to show the world that it wasn't a fluke."

Kristin Bihr
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