While Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew was studying Managerial Economics at UC Davis, he was also making a name for himself on the videogame scene. His title of choice was ‘Marvel vs Capcom 2’ and he played on the national circuit throughout his time at UC Davis in California. It was there that he encountered players who were making the switch from video games to online poker. Randy opened a PokerStars account, choosing his now well-known screen name nanonoko, and found that his decision making skills and quick-fire reactions, honed playing fighting games, were well suited to high-volume multi-tabling. Randy began routinely playing an incredible volume of hands and soon made a name for himself as one of online poker’s most elite cash game players.
In November of 2009, Randy made headlines when he surpassed the $1 million mark in cash game earnings - a milestone rarely achieved by a grinder who typically plays no bigger than $5/$10 games. Randy hasn’t slowed down since and has accumulated countless winnings by regularly grinding the mid stakes games on PokerStars. He’s made Supernova Elite in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, by 24-tabling 6-Max No Limit Hold’em cash games. He also set a new Guinness World Record in January 2012 when he played a total of 23,493 hands online in the space of 8 hours, and ended up in profit.
Randy has also recently been taking that mountain of experience to the tournament tables. He made his major breakthrough on the live poker scene in November 2011 when he won the Main Event at the Macau leg of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) for prize money of $483,857 (HKD $3,772,000). This was followed just a few weeks later by a final table appearance in the $25,000 High Roller event at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), good for another $108,780. Randy has also cashed several times at the World Series*, including a final table appearance in a 2013 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $54,024.
Back online, Randy came close to winning his first Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title when he finished in 4th place in the medium-level Main Event in 2013 for $368,445 (amount reflects a four-way chop at the final table). In 2014 he became only the second person to be honoured in the PokerStars VIP Club Hall of Fame for reaching 10 million lifetime VPPs.
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