The founder of the largest online poker site in the world, Isai Scheinberg, has been more concerned with collecting rake than paying it. That changed back in August with the sale of PokerStars to Amaya. With his new found free time, Scheinberg has gone back to playing the game he loves and is already in the winner’s circle.
On Saturday, Scheinberg took down the High Roller Event of the UKIPT Isle of Man. The £2,200 buy-in event drew a field of 15 players, including EPT Champion Mickey Peterson. In the end, Scheinberg came out on top to win $22,253, the largest score of his live tournament career.
Poker Community Voice Support for Win
While not a complete newbie to live tournament poker, many would not expect Scheinberg to win an event such as this due to his lack of experience. This was his first cash since 2008 and best overall finish.
Following the victory, several pros and former employees took to Twitter to express their congratulations. James Hartigan has seen many epic moments in the game and called this win one of the greatest moments he’s seen in poker.
Lee Jones called the victory the “most epic story” of the series:
I’ve witnessed many great poker moments. Isai Scheinberg winning the E-mail staff ranks pretty high.
Scheinberg Has Prior Success in Tournament Action
Looking at his profile on Hendon Mob, Scheinberg has enjoyed mild success in live tournament poker. He currently has three final table appearances and over $45,000 in career earnings.
His first recorded live score came during the 1996 World Series of Poker where he finished 25th in a $2,500 NL Hold’em Event. Two years later, he made his first final table in a $1,000 NL preliminary event at the now defunct United States Poker Championship. He finished eighth in that event.
His last live score before yesterday was a final table in a £1,070 NL Preliminary at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. He finished in eighth for $18,039.
Will We See More of Scheinberg in Future Events?
Now that Scheinberg is no longer tied to PokerStars in any official capacity, will we see more of him on the tournament circuit? As was evidenced in his win yesterday, he was certainly welcomed by the poker community.
Also, think of the spin that PokerStars could put on this story. “PokerStars founder becomes poker champion” and other similar stories would bring a ton of positive press to Amaya’s new company.
The only downside to Scheinberg’s budding playing career is that he will not be able to play in the United States for fear of being arrested. He is still considered “at-large” by the United States government following the Black Friday indictments. It is unknown at this time whether Scheinberg intends to clear up this matter with the Department of Justice or if he will just continue to avoid the U.S.
For now, the poker world can bask in the glory of Scheinberg’s win and look forward to his next appearance in a live event.