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  • Randy “nanonoko” Lew Wins APPT Macau Main Event

    Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by Ryan

We’ve heard all of the stories about the professional online poker players struggling to bring in results in the live poker tournaments, or even to be able to play the game that they love in general. This is why the story that we are posting here is a good one for many reasons, and especially for one of the top online poker players in the game. Randy “nanonoko” Lew is one of the most well-known online poker cash game players in the game, and is currently a member of Team PokerStars, which is the professional roster for the massive online poker site. Lew has been in a tough spot since Black Friday, just like many online poker pros in the game, who haven’t been able to work at their jobs full time.

While Lew is known incredibly well in the online poker world, many players may not know him on the live tournament circuit. They will now though, as the man who is well-known as “nanonoko” took down the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau Main Event, and featured some huge names in the game of poker. Even the likes of Phil Ivey came back from his hiatus in order to compete in this event, which makes his win here even more impressive.

Lew has done things in the online poker world that many players dream of, and this includes hitting PokerStars’ Supernova Elite status between the years 2007 and 2010; which gives rewards like huge tournament tickets, prizes, and many other things. Players must play an absurd number of hands in order to be able to hit this mark, and to sum it up, an online poker site called Poker Table Ratings has it tracked that Lew has played more than 5 million hands since back in August of 2008. Lew is also one of the most well-liked players in the online poker world, as he is very friendly with fans and other players on the site.

His win at the APPT Macau was incredibly impressive, especially considering the fact that he entered the final table with the shortest stack of them all. Lew actually almost was sent home outside of the final nine as well, when he was all in with pocket Queens against the pocket Aces of David Steicke. Lew was fortunate enough to hit a Queen and get a double up. As for the heads up play, Lew actually had built himself a chip lead against his opponent, but was in a tough spot when the chips finally found their way to the middle. Lew was at risk, and had his pocket sixes up against the Ace-Nine of Jimmy Pan. Lew once again hit a set, and had himself a solid chip lead. He held on to the lead and eventually sent his opponent home with a solid consolation prize of $304,106. The real story was Lew’s impressive run though, and his major win which included a first place pay day of $484,617.

This was Lew’s first ever live poker tournament win, and one that absolutely drew some additional attention to the player probably better known as nanonoko.

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