By Jason Lake
Like many American poker players, Adam Levy decided to relocate to Vancouver after Black Friday. But few of Levy's contemporaries have won over $2 million in live earnings, or over $4.5 million online. One of the secrets to Levy's success: persistence. He's been grinding it out since 2003, and continues to play both live and online, cashing in at some of the biggest tournaments in the world.
But how much longer will Levy be in the game? At 33 years old, the man known as “Roothlus” online is looking to broaden his horizons. Daily fantasy sports is high on Levy's list right now, and there's always Magic: The Gathering. Meanwhile, Levy is still looking for his first five-figure cash in 2015 on the live circuit. His best result this year was 13th place at the Isle Classic $1200 NLHE Main Event in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The Levy Era
Florida is just one of many stops on Levy's poker itinerary. The Los Angeles native has played online in Vancouver and Mexico, and has traveled the world to play live on all the major tours. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas is his preferred stop. Levy took down his single biggest cash at the 2010 World Series of Poker, where he placed 12th at the $10K NLHE World Championship for a cool $635,000. Canada's Jonathan Duhamel won the top prize of nearly $9 million.
Of course, Levy was inspired to get into poker though his experience with Magic: The Gathering, with a big assist from the movie Rounders. Chris Moneymaker's success at the 2003 WSOP Main Event didn't go unnoticed, either. By 2006, Levy was ranked No. 5 among online players at PocketFives, and two years later, he cashed in six times at the WSOP for over $200,000 in prize money. Not a bad start.
Mixing It Up
While 2006 may have been his online peak, Levy's performance at the 2010 WSOP was by far his most lucrative at the tables, thanks to his deep run at the World Championship. Levy also mini-cashed three other NLHE events that year for good measure. There have been some big moments since then, including a six-figure cash at Pompano Beach in 2012, but it just hasn't been the same.
Maybe a foray into mixed games would help Levy get his groove back. Aside from a very early second-place finish at a Reno Omaha Hi/Lo event back in 2006 (for a whopping $2,060), Levy has stuck with NHLE formats – deep stack, knockouts, ante-up, you name it. No wonder he's on the hunt for new challenges. Don't feel too bad for Levy, though. By all accounts, he's having a very good time sitting on that pile of money.