Stand aside Sam Trickett, move along Mike Sexton; poker may have just found its latest superstar.
As ridiculous as the modest 23-year-old would have you believe this statement to be, Daniel Clark, representing Bankroll Staking (BRS), had a week he will never forget when he attended the Partypoker MILLIONS Russia festival in Sochi.
The Bournemouth-based student previously possessed a relatively modest Poker CV, having been mostly an online player for the past two years. Clark had enjoyed some live success in recent times, claiming a prize of £7,200 in August at the DTD1000 tournament at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham, for a 13th place finish. But his biggest ever win in the UK was soon to be outdone by his exploits in Russia.
Clark was thrust into the limelight shortly after the bubble burst in the $5,300 Main Event when he was placed on the feature table alongside well-known professionals Steve O’Dwyer, partypoker sponsored pro Dzmitry Urbanovich and local hero Vladimir Troyanovskiy.
After an unfortunate bust-out meant he finished in 107th place – cashing for $7,500 – Clark then took part in the 8-max side event, with a buy-in of $2,700. He came into the third and final day’s play as one of the chipleaders and with a guaranteed minimum prize of nearly $6,000 already secured. His day gained momentum throughout, and with just 10 players remaining, he found himself as chipleader and starting to think seriously about the top prize – a mouth-watering $250,000.
The final table commenced with Clark still in the lead and his noisy BRS rail having to be told to quieten down by the tournament director, such was the excitement for their compatriot.
One by one they fell, and arguably Dan’s toughest remaining opponent, notorious Norwegian Partypoker pro Johnny Lodden, exited in fourth place.
As is always the case in tournament poker, only one player ever leaves the venue truly satisfied, and Daniel’s journey was to end when another unfortunate run-out meant he had to settle for a third-place finish. His achievements had earned him the life-changing sum of $116,000 and put his name firmly on the map within the poker community.
Clark speaks fondly of his coaches at BRS and thanked them for the huge improvements in his game since he joined a year ago. “When I joined I thought I was amazing! I now think back to then and how I used to play and laugh at myself”.
“I have always thought that studying and working on your game is really important, and I think these days it’s nearly impossible to do well or improve without it. The coaching program at BRS is nothing short of fantastic, and it is no coincidence that so many of their players are achieving such amazing results on a regular basis”.
He was also full of praise for partypoker and their rapidly growing brand in both the online and live poker worlds.
“I couldn’t recommend them anymore! I think the direction they are taking with players’ interests at heart is amazing and I am loving all the events they are putting on”.
For anyone who wishes to apply to become part of BRS and begin to write their own success story, Clark had the following advice:
“As long as you’re prepared to put in the time, and you enjoy poker, then do it! The opportunities they have given me are incredible, and I cannot thank them enough”.