Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew runs deep at World Series of Poker Main Event – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Randy Lew took a unique approach to making money during the online poker boom.

Rather than moving up in stakes, he went for volume.

“For me, as a gamer, it’s just easier for me to play a lot of tables,” Lew said. “I can make decisions very quickly.”

Lew, better known by his online alias “Nanonoko,” is famous for playing up to 24 tables of online poker at a time.

Lew made his first deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event before he was eliminated in 159th place ($53,247) on Saturday at the Rio Convention Center.

The $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold ’em World Championship continues Sunday with Day 6.

Lew was a competitive video game player as a teenager in Sacramento, California, specializing in fighting titles such as “Street Fighter” and “Marvel vs. Capcom.” As a student at UC Davis in 2003, he was introduced to online poker and turned professional after graduation.

Playing exclusively low- to mid-stakes cash games, Lew had more than $2.6 million in online winnings by 2011.

Lew set a Guinness World Record in 2012 for playing the most poker hands (23,493) in an eight-hour span with a profit ($7.65).

“There was some guys that were multi-tabling at the time, maybe 10 tables, so I was like, ‘Well, if they can do it, I’m going to try to do it, too,’ ” Lew said during an afternoon break. “And they were known as some of the best players, so I would watch them and hopefully see the showdown and maybe copy some plays or whatever.”

Lew started to make the transition to online and live tournament poker in 2014 and has more than $1.2 million in live earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database.

His run in the Main Event was

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