John Tabatabai journey from chess tours to poker tournaments.

John Tabatabai is a Welsh professional poker player lives in London, GB. He had born in (Lisvane) Cardiff, GB.

He did his schooling there since he took interest in playing poker. But at the initial he lost a lot but after that he took it seriously and gathered information about poker from books and online gaming. He is a law Graduate from University of Reading. He started his poker career in Sep, 2007 in WSOP Europe, London. He made the real breakout in his first attempt when he finished the final table at second and won the cash of $1,148,130. This was his best live cash. On Oct, 2007 he finished at 1st in 888.com, U.K. open IV, Maidstone.

John is known as a strategic aggressive poker player who played with strategies. And he proved his abilities in last few years at a variety of tournaments. On Feb, 2008 in All Africa poker tournament, Swaziland, he finished at first place with $148,925.  Then on April he visited EPT Grand finale, Monte Carlo where he finished at 24th place with $2,817. Then on June 2008, in Bellagio Weekly Tournaments in Las Vegas he finished at 9th place with $2,215. In the same time he visited 39th WSOP Las Vegas where he got 51st position for $11,681. Then on June 2009, in Aussie Millions poker Championship, Melbourne he finished the final table at first and won the first prize of $711,037.

On Sep, 2010 he again visited WSOP, Europe, and London and got 7th position for $26,716. On Feb 2011 he travelled to WPT, Venice where he finished at 14th position for $18,443. On Oct, 2012 he visited\ WSOP, Europe Cannes and he got the first prize of $37,574.John is also a well-known chess player signing in European and WPT chess Championship. He last played on Jan 2013, Belfair poker live London 2013, London where he again finished at first place for $38,288. His total live earning is $1,565,262 with 1440 POY points. He achieved 5th rank in Wales all time money list. Along with this john is focusing now-a-days on Belfair at WSOP.

Why we cannot sandbag Marcel Lüske

The poker industry has spawned numerous players who serve as a footprint to novices and upcoming players. One of the players who have managed to climb up higher on the poker ladder to defy the norms is Marcel Lüske.

A Dutch, he is among the aptitude endowed poker winners who have played a big role in advancing the poker industry in the Netherlands. What cast him to the limelight is his 10th place at the 2004 WSOP. He has also managed to amass more than $3,700,000. Lüske plays by casting his net wider, he has contested at the World Series of Poker, the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour. A closer glance at his string of earnings and winnings point out to a player with proclivities to notch opponents.

Lüske emerged 14th in the 2003 World Series of Poker tournament for $26,664 and placed 10th in the same event the next year. Conspicuous in his resume are the multiple money finishes at the event alongside a 2nd position in the 2004 $5,000 Seven Card Stud main event where he shoveled in $120,800. The next year saw him clinch the €10,000 Poker Classic (Hall of Fame), Paris that raked in €119,000. In September 2007, he could not sail through in the WSOP ₤2,500 HORSE where he was eliminated as the first person. Though a heavy loss, this has not kept him in oblivion as he continues to throw his hat in the ring for the WSOP events.

As of 2009, his overall live tournaments earnings were rated above $3, 700,000. Notably, he has garnered $1,173,396 through twenty cashes at the WSOP. Being a Dutch, he has kept the flag flying for his state and is an exemplary epitome for the amateurs from the Netherlands who are repelled by the domineering poker experts.