She wanted to make the bet then and there. His first interaction with the game didn't spark a ton of interest. Fedor Holz's Life of a Champion Ep. He played cash games, SNGs and large field tournaments. In fact, he plans to travel to Vegas alone in order to be as focused and isolated as possible.
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He did very well but ended up losing motivation by his second year as poker gained a more important role in his life. Urbanovich was improving so much and his results were so good that he decided to quit school to focus solely on poker. Urbanovich eventually met up with Piotr Franczak at the EPT in London that started a friendship that soon developed into a online Facebook group known as the Silent Sharks with the sole focus of promoting poker in Poland.
The group is still running strong and currently has over 9, members. It was there he met Vanessa Selbst who he ended up making a prop bet with. It was 4am and we were drunk. Here is what he had to say about his new deal:. We here at BPC wish him all the best and will be rooting for him on the tournament circuit.
You too can stay up to date with Urbanovich by following him on Twitter. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Here is what he had to say about his new deal: Dzmitry Urbanovich is one of the best poker player in the world. It didn't do me so much, really. After his first year, he moved to Warsaw to continue his studies.
While he did well the first year and passed easily, he no longer had the motivation in his second year, as poker gained a more important role in his life.
He didn't really enjoy his studies and, in large part because he was doing better and better at the game, he quit school to focus solely on poker. On his 18th birthday, Urbanovich registered his own account on PokerStars. He picked the name "Colisea," because he thought it sounded interesting. What looked like a newcomer to the poker world both live and online had actually been years in the making. Urbanovich was already well-rounded, he had a bankroll, and was as eager to play as anyone.
Soon the European Poker Tour lured. He started out with the smaller buy-in tournaments, skipping main events and focusing on side events during visits to Barcelona and Deauville. On the starting day of his first-ever EPT main event, he gathered a massive stack of , in chips after starting with 30, — one of the biggest stacks in the room. Everything went right, despite being seated on one of the tougher tables in the room.
EPT champion Ruben Visser , seated two to his left, informed himself that day who that new Polish player on his table was, as he was impressed by his aggression and feel for the game. Years later, Visser still vividly remembers the day he first met Urbanovich, mostly because of one particular hand where Urbanovich bluffed the Dutch EPT champ with ten-eight in a five-bet pot.
One swallow does not make a summer, and bright days weren't particularly ahead for Urbanovich. He imploded quickly on Day 2 of the tournament and was out. Then I got down to 80,, which was still above average at the time, and I now was really super tilted. Then I quickly busted. Looking back, Urbanovich thinks the experience was a good one, as it showed him things he had to work on. He brought his mother to the next EPT in Sanremo, Italy, and proved her he wasn't just fooling around.
The string of cashes that followed his first EPT main event cash is impressive, but there's one tournament that really sticks out to anyone glancing over his HendonMob page. Franczak pushed him to enter, and bought a big chunk of action, having faith in his friend's edge in the field of giants, and it would prove a decision that changed Urbanovich's life.
While he wasn't thinking about the money while playing, the bigger buy-in did improve his focus. With more on the line, he was thinking and analyzing at the top of his abilities.
It was the start of a run never seen before on the EPT, and one that resulted in a record of six final tables and four victories. Thinking back of that week in March last year still brings a smile to Urbanovich's face, and he's still forever grateful Franczak convinced him to enter the high roller. Urbanovich, who feels as Polish as any of them, started to hang out with the group more and more.
It was the start of a friendship that soon developed into a strong online presence by the group. They started the Silent Sharks , a group on Facebook with the sole focus of promoting poker in Poland.
The group has over 7, members, and the tournaments they organize in their private home game on PokerStars are usually full in capacity. They post photos and videos during live events, and they have bounties on their heads as they play online in their group. It's mostly Polish players in the group, but the popularity of some of its members makes for an international collective.
While the updates are in Polish right now, the photos of bundles of cash have attracted people from all over the world to follow along with the Silent Shark "gang. The fact that people are interested is no strange thing, as the added prizes to the league are serious incentives for anyone to play, with bounties and packages to live events up for grabs. It all helps boost Urbanovich's popularity. Now it's not just the Polish, but rather the entire world that's really looking over his shoulder as he makes his way to Vegas for the first time.
Though his biggest cashes come from no-limit hold'em, it's by no means the favorite game of Urbanovich. In fact, Urbanovich is different than most young players on the scene by preferring live over online play and other variants of poker over the fan-favorite no-limit hold'em.
I prefer playing mixed games, actually; stud, draw, some Omaha. I can't really say what my best game is, because people might stop playing me in cash games. But it's not hold'em, I can tell you that.
While the European Poker Tour has massively improved on the diversity of the games being offered during a large poker festival, there's no better place to play different variants of poker other than hold'em than at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Each summer, the poker world embarks on the bracelet quest in the desert of Southern Nevada, and this will be Urbanovich's first time. The world is eager to find out if the debutant can live up to the highest of expectations, not just because of him being a first-timer, but mostly because of a bet he made with Vanessa Selbst, who holds three gold bracelets herself.
Selbst wasn't having any of that. She wanted to make the bet then and there. For sure I could get better odds, but I still like the bet. Despite his eagerness and the bet with Selbst, Urbanovich is still figuring out what exactly he wants to play this upcoming World Series. The heads-up and shootout events are also good for me, as you don't have to spend too much time on those.
This week, news broke that the event has sold out already , which makes it easier for him to focus entirely on the WSOP and the big bet that's supposed to keep him locked inside the Rio through out the summer. Back home, Urbanovich says he likes to party "literally every day," but there's no parties on his schedule this summer.
The focus will be solely on poker. Though there has been no mention of it so far, he's open for bets that limit him from doing any partying or drinking alcohol, or added incentive to make it a big summer poker-wise.
During EPTs, he sometimes invites friends over to party with him, especially when he makes a big final table. For the WSOP, he plans to do the complete opposite. In fact, he plans to travel to Vegas alone in order to be as focused and isolated as possible. He said no distractions are allowed this summer.
It's just grinding that he plans. For some, the grind of the summer can really take a toll, and there have been plenty of horror stories regarding how much it can beat up a poker player. Urbanovich isn't afraid of a six-week stint at the World Series solely playing poker, though.
He isn't scared by those stories. From everything we've seen since he's entered the spotlight, Urbanovich is a beast when it comes to the grind. He's obsessed with the game and accustomed to long hours and not much sleep.
His schedule for the last year and a half has been strenuous, flying from one city to another and playing nothing but poker each day.
While that can certainly take its toll, for Urbanovich, it's preparation. With partying out of the question, what about cash games? But, he told us those are off limits, too. Dropping them from his agenda this summer is a big deal. As a result, he went to bed and didn't register the event. Because playing cash games distracts him from playing tournaments, and tournaments will be his focus this summer, Urbanovich said you won't find him in the cash games.
Anyone who's seen Urbanovich play at the final table knows he can look disinterested at times. Stoic, if you want. When he makes a huge bluff, he can be seen casually taking a bite of an apple. When he faces an over-shove with a medium hand, he often leans back and takes a sip of tea without looking particularly flummoxed by what's going on.
It's as though he took a page from Jamie Gold's book of eating blueberries during the WSOP — just as casual, but without the theatrics and chitchat.