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Exactly one year ago today, Maria Konnikova was basically a complete unknown in the poker world. Sure, some people knew that a New York Times bestselling author had enlisted the assistance of Erik Seidel to learn how to play poker so she could write a book about it all, but almost nobody would have been able to put a name to that person. Then, over the course of the next seven hours, Konnikova became a known commodity, winning the $1,650 National Championship at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The win came with $84,600 and one of the very first $30,000 Platinum Passes to be awarded. Sud
The #9-ranked player in New Jersey picked up a big title on Tuesday night and came oh-so-close to a second. Jon 'toddchipman' Borenstein won Event #31 ($1,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for $16,207.03 after coming to terms on a chop with eventual runner-up 'You Are Tim' who pocketed $14,667.97. Third place finisher Ricky 'ratedGTO' Quan earned $9,262.50. The event drew 65 entries. That wasn't Borenstein's only heads-up chop of the night though. Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo and Borenstein made a heads-up deal in Event #30 ($150 No Limit Hold'em [1 rebuy/1 add-on]). Lupo topped the 62-