It’s Not Crazy to Win a $50k Craze Jackpot

Posted by Bradley, March 29, 2012


Leonid OrmanRussian player Leonid Orman, who plays at the Titan Poker tables under the nickname “Leonelli30”, at first did not think about winning the $50,000 jackpot prize offered to any player skillful enough to win four consecutive $50K Craze "Jackpot Sit N Go" tournaments.

Leonid regularly played the jackpot sit ‘n’ go tournaments because the tables quickly fill up and he determined that they were “very profitable because there are a lot of weak players.” He noted that the tournaments did attract some regulars, but “they usually play a lot of tables at the same time.” Leonid said he had an advantage as he didn’t play more than two tournaments simultaneously, and added, “I concentrated my attention on the actions of my opponents at the table.”

On January 23rd, Leonid won four of the $10+$2 18-player tournaments in a row, entitling him to the $50,000 jackpot prize.

We asked Leonid if he remembered any specific hands from the four tournaments, and he gave precise details about the very last hand of the fourth tournament.

“I was ahead with A T vs K3s, but the flop gave my opponent a flush draw that made me nervous. The turn and river were favorable to me - first a ten and then an ace.”

Leonid said that the fourth tournament was “certainly much more exciting than the others” and that he refrained from playing questionable hands. “I waited for the right moment and succeeded!”

At Titan Poker, Leonid plays mostly multi-table tournaments but frequently returns to the tables of the jackpot sit ‘n’ go tournaments as well. He has been playing online poker for about a year and a half, and is gradually making his way up the stakes. In the future he hopes to play at a land-based poker tournament.

“Hopefully luck will be with me as it was in the beginning of the year,” Leonid said of his future tournament play.

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