John StolzmannSun, 15 Jun 2008 14:46
A poker biography of John Stolzmann.
Name - John Stolzmann
Born - 1982, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United StatesPoker Room - Not Available
John Stolzman was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. John developed an interest in poker while he was completing his degree. He started playing in different tournaments to further enhance his skills after he graduated from the university.
John was able to refine his poker skills through online games. The 5th of December 2004 marked one of his biggest wins at age 20. He took home $15,000 as a fourth placer in a tournament in Costa Rica. The said event earned him a status as a respectable, young poker player. Nevertheless, it was in January 2005 that John exceeded himself and other tough professional poker players. He bagged $1,491,444 at a $2,599 No-Limit Hold'em event during the Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica, Mississippi. John almost did not join and win the said tournament if not for his old man. His father insisted that he join the Hold'em championship. His firefighter father believed so much in his skills that he gave his son $1,000 to compete in the qualifying event. The result? It couldn't be better.
The young, yet very skillful poker player has managed to make his way toward the world title in the tournament of 512 players. He faced Chau Giang, Scotty Nguyen, and Daniel Negreanu- all professional and very experienced players- in the final table of the World Poker Open. All his professional contenders eyed him like geek in a frat party. But then John also realized that it was the first time he would compete face-to-face against some of the world's best poker players. He considered himself- and probably most spectators did, too- the underdog at the final table. It was a chance new players would kill for and John certainly did not waste any time proving his worth.
John believed that his strategy of hanging around and winning small pots, which is the opposite to what his older and more experienced competitors did, made him win the game. In the end, John and Chau Giang were the only players left in the table. During the course of their one-on-one, John already had $5 million in his side; and not later in the game, he made Giang shoved his last $200,000 towards John's corner. After the game, Johny could not believe that he won over older, professional players, and that he would take home a pot amounting to millions of dollars. The same reaction was observed from his girlfriend and his father who hurried over and gave him a warm and congratulatory hug.
The now 24-year old world poker champion is looking forward to more bigger tournaments, and hopes to play against other professionals so he could develop more of his skills and discover new strategies. John is a young, ambitious poker player, and we can expect a lot from him in the coming years. At his age, not considering his achievements, he is a sight to behold in the poker world because he is just getting started.