PokerStars gives new meaning to house money

When you think about the PokerStars VIP Club and what it takes to make it to the Supernova Elite level, you might conjure up the picture of a glazed-eyed half-human half-robot sitting in a dark bunker. The dedication and determination are more than most folks can fathom. There hardly seems time for anything other than poker, right?

Even if that were the case, the rewards alone might make it worth it. The PokerStars players who make it to to Supernova Elite get five Frequent Player Points for every one VIP Player Point they earn. They get weekly freerolls into events with tens of thousands of dollars. They get a free entry into a $100,000 freeroll every month. Finally, they get free entry into the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, and entry into their choice of two big events like the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the World Series Main Event, or the Grand Finals of the EPT or APPT.

Indeed, the rewards alone might be worth locking yourself in a room with a cooler full of energy drinks and a case of Visine. Then think about what you can do with all the FPP credits--millions of them, overflowing your PokerStars account that can be used for just about anything you want. Worth it? I'd say so.

Bigjoe2003 was the second person to achieve Supernova Elite Level at PokerStars (Team PokerStars Pro's ElkY was the first). That was a mere nine months ago. After seeing the guy with his massive poker playing set-up, I couldn't help but be impressed at how normal he looked. He was not robot. He didn't look like he hadn't seen the sun in days. He only looked like he was about to cash in and in a very big way.

So, what then? A car? A trip around the world? What was bigjoe2003 going to do with the fruits of his labor?

How about a house?

After making it to Supernova Elite, bigjoe2003 went to Las Vegas for the World Series, Prague for the EPT, and to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He spent a lot of time with his business partners on a SNG coaching web site. He also started delving into the traditional business world and started working to start up an oil and gas recovery company. That kind of smart thinking is enough to humble just about anybody.

But, what did he do next? He cashed in his Frequent Player Points...and bought a house. In fairness, it would take a lot of FPP to buy the whole house. So, bigjoe2003 simply used enough to pay for $100,000 worth of the downpayment. Yeah.

A hundred grand.

It's not just any house. The 5400 square feet boast of a heated pool and hot tub, three waterfalls, six bedrooms, a game room with a pool table and dartboard, a bar room, eight plasma screen TVs ranging from 40-50 inches, a small orchard in the back yard consisting of 2 fig trees, 2 apple trees, a pear tree, a persimmon tree, and a plum tree.

"I grew up in a trailer park, so being able to live in a million dollar house was always a dream of mine," bigjoe2003 said. "I greatly appreciate PokerStars' help in allowing me to reach that goal."



Any illusions about pasty-faced robots should now be put aside. Bigjoe2003 seems to be setting the standard for what one can do with Supernova Elite status. Oh, and if you're looking for a place to live, bigjoe2003 bought another house in his hometown to rent out to the people he coaches.

Get in line.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in PokerStars VIP Club