Roland De WolfeMon, 16 Jun 2008 21:29
Roland de Wolfe
A poker biography of Roland de Wolfe.
Name - Roland de Wolfe
Born - London, EnglandPoker Room - Full Tilt Poker
Just because he's known as "The Sheep," it doesn't mean that players are totally safe with Roland de Wolfe around. His nickname actually belies his aggressive character, especially on the poker table. Like Maciek Gracz, he can take away a stack of chips and eat players alive with his strategies. Though it took a while for him to learn more about the poker tricks, gambling is something that this British player considers to be a second nature, even to his family.
Biography of "The Sheep"
Sometime in 1979, a future poker superstar was born in London. Though he never dreamt of a poker career at an early age, it's as if Roland de Wolfe has always been destined to become a professional gambler like Andy Black (link to: Andy Black.txt). He was proud to admit that his family is fond of making bets and wagers. In fact, as young as 12 years old, Roland de Wolfe would play cards on the school bus, while at age 14, he would already bet his money on a tennis game. However, his first real love is playing pool. As such, the young Roland would sneak into pubs and hustle pool games with the one-handed trick. Needless to say, Roland de Wolfe has always been full of surprises like Richard Lee (link to: Richard Lee.txt). With his confidence, charm, and love for making money, who would have thought that instead of pursuing a business degree, Roland de Wolfe would choose Journalism at Brighton?
Journalist Turned Poker Pro
Roland de Wolfe first earned his paycheck as a writer for a gambling magazine known as Inside Edge. With his poker skills and love for gambling, he easily made the rounds of different poker tournaments all over the country. As a poker circuit insider, he's gained much credibility as a reporter. But as Roland de Wolfe delved deep into the details of the poker game, he found himself hooked into playing it as well. Though he later got his promotion as the magazine's poker editor, the sports journalist can't help but apply what he's learned into practical use.
Winning a tournament against well-known players like Al Alvarez and Sir Clive Sinclair only made the British player believe in himself more as a professional gambler. However, success didn't come his way as easily as expected. Roland de Wolfe even failed to cash in any amount from his money games. There was also a time when he had to lose his entire chips while playing at London's Victoria Casino. But after playing with big boss, Warren Wooldridge of Inside Edge, and playing for online poker games, "The Sheep" soon unleashed its aggressive play in different tourneys, which paid off really well.
Professional Gambling as His Money-making Career
His first major victory came in 2005 when Roland de Wolfe grabbed the World Poker Tour's (WPT) Grand Prix de Paris crown from Juha Helpi. He also finished in money at the World Series of Poker's (WSOP) $1,000 No Limit event and the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic's $15,000 Main Event. All in the same year, "The Sheep" also emerged as a champion at the Gutshot Poker Festival. With more than 6005 participants for the WPT $25,000 Championship match in 2006, he won $1,000,000 as a third placer. Not only that, the British poker pro also won $726,477 from the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Dublin and placed third at the WSOP's $2,000 No-Limit Shootout.
Roland de Wolfe made history as the first professional player to win both an EPT and a WPT championship round. With all these, he was named the "2006 U.K. Player of the Year." The Full Tilt Poker player, who's also a gym buff, has accumulated poker earnings worth $3,400,000.