William ThorsonMon, 24 Nov 2008 02:50
A poker biography of William Thorson.
Name - William Thorson
Born - Varberg, Sweden
Current Residence - Varberg, Sweden
Poker Rooms - Poker Stars
Poker Stars Handle - William
William Thorson, born on 1983, is a Swedish professional poker player. Thorson learned how to play card games at an early age. Even though he graduated from high school and was qualified to pursue a degree in economics, he decided that going after academic pursuits wasn't right for him. His love of games led him to discover poker and with the help from his father, he started winning some tournaments.
How William Thorson started playing poker
He began by playing poker online, starting out at play money tables in PokerStars since 2002 and playing under the screen name "William." It wasn't long before Thorson began playing at an international level. He's come a long way from simply depositing $50 for a game of poker. Nowadays, he can enter tournaments with buy-ins of $10,000. He has also made it to the final table at several major tournaments, including two European Poker Tour events. As a poker player, Thorson is considered a serious threat to his opponents due to his confident image and aggressive playing style.
William Thorson's achievements in poker tournaments
Thorson participated in the October 2004 Ladbrokes Poker Cruise tournament, placing ninth in the No-Limit Hold'em event. This earned him the attention of the poker world because he was still relatively a newcomer in the poker scene. He also entered the LA Poker Classic World Poker Tour Season 3, in which he made the final table at the No-Limit Hold'em event and eventually finished fifth, winning $36,557 in the process.
Since then, Thorson has made a name for himself in professional poker, cashing in at various major poker events across the world. He got his biggest winnings in the World Series of Poker when he nearly made it to the final table of the WSOP main event in 2006. Placing at 13th in a field composed of 8,773 players, he earned a whopping $907,128. The following year, he also played in the WSOP, where he cashed twice and was part of the final table during the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event, where he won $136,493.
During the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure European Poker Tour Season 4, Thorson placed ninth and earned $120,000. He also finished sixth and got $184,273 at the San Remo European Poker Tour when he played in the No-Limit Hold'em event. He also fared well in the €5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at EPT Dublin in 2006, finishing at third place and garnering $232,340. As of 2008, Thorson's winnings from live tournaments already amount to more than $1,800,000.
Where William Thorson plays online
Thorson's poker skills have attracted the attention of PokerStars.com. He is currently a member of Team PokerStars, joining other professional poker players such as Joseph Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown, Chris Moneymaker, Isabelle Mercier, Lee Nelson, and Greg Raymer.
Thorson spends much of his time traveling the professional poker circuit. He continuously tries to improve his poker skills, often basing his strategies on the knowledge he has about the person he's competing against. When he's not joining tournaments or playing poker online, he enjoys horse-trotting. In fact, he has several horses in Sweden, his homeland. He also loves spending time with friends and playing sports.