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  • Randy Lew Signs with Team Liquid to Play Hearthstone

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Jeremy Olsen

Randy Lew has become the latest poker pro to make the crossover into the eSports world, signing with the prestigious Team Liquid. Lew will play Hearthstone for them, which has drawn many parallels to poker.

Lew gained his fame in the online poker world under the screen name “nanonoko.” After crushing low-stakes cash tables as one of the game’s fiercest cash players, Lew earned a sponsorship deal with PokerStars.

But in recent years, he’s also dedicated a significant amount of time to Hearthstone. The 31-year-old will play his first official match for Team Liquid at Dreamhack Winter 2016.

In addition to Lew, Team Liquid also carries poker pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier on their Hearthstone roster. There are many similarities between Grospellier and Lew because both are PokerStars pros who made their money through multi-tabling.

As for Lew, he’s made $1.2 million playing live tournaments, which includes a victory in the APPT Main Event (US$484,617).

But as mentioned before, he’s mainly known for his multi-tabling skills, which have allowed him to make nearly $1 million in online cash games.

Nanonoko set the Guinness World Record in 2012 for playing the most poker hands in 8 hours while still earning a profit.

These days, Lew still plays poker, but he’s just as concentrated on building a Twitch audience and playing a variety of games like Hearthstone.

The gaming world is nothing new to Lew, who played in the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) in 2003 and ’04. Nanonoko also played in the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament, where he took 5th place.

Lew sees many chances for Hearthstone and poker to draw players from each other.

“Hearthstone has many similarities to poker in that it’s a turn based card game where you are trying to figure out your opponent’s moves so you can optimize your turn,” he said. “I think my experience in poker will allow me to learn quickly and fulfill my desire to be one of the best in Hearthstone.”

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