Daniel Montagnolli, a 30 year old Austrian, won an online satellite tournament Final in June. He got a $4000 prize package that will take him to the CPT Punta Cana Main Event in November where he’ll be joined by a group of online satellite tournament winners like himself.
Daniel quit his job a couple of months ago and will be a full-time poker player beginning September 1. He almost missed the online Final that’s sending him to his second big live tournament in the Caribbean. It’s amazing he did as well as he did.
“I was very tired because I’d just come back from a heavy party trip in Serbia. I almost missed the tourney.”
“I first realized I might win when I got dealt my first two cards. Just kidding... When I was CL on the FT with 8 left I knew the chance is big to ship this tourney!”
“Because it was so late and I was so tired, I don’t really remember a lot of hands from this tourney,” he said. “I remember I made one bad call (bluffcatcher), where he had me beat. And one time I was chasing a str8 too much, thinking GO BIG OR GO HOME and obv hit it cause im a runreg.”
“I don’t know who I’ll take with me yet... hopefully some sexy chick!”
Daniel was in the Caribbean last fall too when he came third in the CPT/WPT in St Maarten and won $1600. His biggest win to date was the No Limit Hold’em Championship Event at the 2007 Legends of Poker in Los Angeles where he can 25th and won $25,150.
Montagnolli is listed on the Hendon Mob’s United States All Time Money List. He’s been active at PokerStrategy.com where he’s known as Monze.
Daniel and a group of online satellite winners will be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, November 3 – 8. Watch this blog for their personal stories before and during the trip.