It was a late September night and the man known as Sumpas sat in Sweden on the cusp of WCOOP greatness. He had made the final table of the 2008 WCOOP Main Event. He'd started the final table with one of the shorter stacks, but had somehow managed to survive and more than double his stack. Then, tragedy struck when he pushed with A♣Q♦ into A♦K♥. The $415,000 sixth place prize was nothing at which to sneeze, but there wasn't a bracelet attached.
Since then, Sumpas has continued to dominate the PokerStars tournament scene and even played as one of the PokerStars All Stars during All Star Week earlier this year. Still, he lacked the bracelet he wanted. At just 20 years old and splitting his time between poker and school, it very well could not have happened any time soon.
Instead, Sumpas stepped up and bought into the big $10,300 High Roller event over the weekend, beat out some of the best players in the world, and won more than $600,000. He also, of course, got that bracelet.
"It was really amzing and the money is obviously huge," he said. "The tournament and structure was really fun with a lot of good players, alltough I was really tired in the end after I had been playing for about 20 hours."
Like many of today's players, Sumpas caught the poker bug after seeing on television. Since then, he's worked his way up to a record almost anybody in poker would envy.
"I started out like most others playing with my friends," he said. "There are actually a couple of guys from our old home game who have done really well and we learned from each other in the beginning."
As of this hour, Sumpas is the money-leader for the 2009 WCOOP. With more than $1 million in winnings over the past two series, Sumpas is among the top money winners over WCOOP's history. Funny thing about that screen name of his--as we hear it, Sumpas, loosely translated to English, is "loser."
"I thought it would be a good name while starting on a Swedish site," Sumpas told us. "I would not have chosen it if I got to do it all over, but now its done."
His screen name be set in stone, but is win record is as dynamic as ever, and he's got a fresh $600,000 to prove it.
If you'd like to read more about Sumpas' victory, be sure to check out our WCOOP Event #10 final table report.