“I Got 5th in the Sunday Million at 7am and Went to Work 90 Minutes Later”


In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, “It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I’d reached the $1 million cash badge milestone.”

Beresford is one of eight PocketFivers with PLB scores from the walled city of York, England and earnedSupernova Elite status on PokerStars last year. “It was a grind last year playing lower-stakes Six-Max Hypers,” he said, “but it was a very nice stepping stone in the right direction.” So far this year, he has generated 700,000 VPPs and intends on shooting for 2 million by the time 2014 is over.

His largest online poker score was worth $130,000 and came by virtue of chopping the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million in 2012. The significance of the cash was pretty major, according to Beresford: “At the time, I was in a sizable amount of makeup, so it was huge. It felt like a dream, to be honest. Not many people get that opportunity in their lifetime, but I’ve been blessed enough to have it happen at least once.”

In late 2013, Beresford finished fourth in a WCOOP $109 No Limit Hold’em event for $58,000 and, so far this year, has taken down the Hotter $55 and $215 No Limit Hold’em, both on PokerStars, for a combined $45,000.

“I used to play with local friends from school when I was 15,” he said of how he got started in the game. “I was always watching poker TV shows on CH4. Those got me more intrigued about the game, so I looked further into it. Eventually, I hit the online scene when it was possible.”

Beresford was grinding online nightly as soon as he turned 18. “I got off to a firing start,” he explained, “so I was intending on taking it very seriously. But, I was trying to keep it hidden from my family, as I didn’t want them to follow the stereotypes and just consider it a ‘gamble.’ I lived with my aunt at the time and she actually made me go out and get a job, so at one point I was working in a call center from 9am to 5pm and then coming home and playing poker. I remember coming in fifth in the Sunday Million around 7am and then going to work like 90 minutes later.”

When he’s not playing poker, Beresford enjoys playing other online games and traveling with friends. In fact, he has been a nomad for the last year-and-a-half and has now finally settled back into his home in England. Beresford has found his way to #100 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever, and is #9 in the UK.

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