At this year’s European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP IV), Titan Poker player Vladimir Vorobiev took 2nd place and a massive $180,000 in prize money from the $1,500,000 main event.
Vladimir Vorobiev a.k.a. “VLs85s” has been playing poker for almost 3 years. The Russian studied economics in his local city university and he puts his studies to good use by excelling at his number one hobby – poker. His game play initially started with freerolls and small buy-in tournaments.
The buy-in for the ECOOP IV Main event was significantly high for Vladimir and so he put in a lot of effort and he concentrated on acquiring good notes on all of the players at his table. This would pay off as can be described in Vladimir’s upcoming anecdote.
“There were 3 tables remaining in the tournament. I was big blind and raised A10 only to be called by the guy with the huge stack of chips. I knew the guy as we have played a lot of cash games, and I know him as a tricky player. The flop was K94 with two spades in it. I raised about half of my chips and he re-raised 3X. What cards could he have? If it were a King in his hand, he would not be re-raising with it, unless it was AK – but he definitely re-raised it pre-flop. He could have also had a pair or a set but the chances were too low. I had 45% chance to win against a flush, and so I decided to go after the large pot. I went all in against him. His hand was 67 spades, and with the turn and river producing blanks… the huge pot was all mine to his dismay.”
Vladimir plans to purchase a new Alfa Romeo GT with part of his winnings. His advice to the rest of the Titan Poker players: “It is far better to concentrate on one or two tournaments and to focus on the opposition’s game play.”