(Online) Poker’s Next Generation

CardRunners presents … the best player in Denmark, obv

by , Sep 23, 2010 | 5:45 am

Mickey Petersen: could be the Lebron James of Poker.

Quick lesson today — from another 20-year-old kid who seems decidedly anti-baller despite going on a hella baller tear since he began his “career” two-and-a-half years ago. Now a CardRunners instructor after turning pro fresh outta high school, Mickey Petersen, known among avid onliners as Mement_mori, is in the running for CardPlayer’s Online Player of the Year at #13 … and ranks 2nd in the world over at 5+5, with qualifying results spread across 18 pages.

Though CardPlayer’s OPOY counts only $1.05 million earned with 18 final tables and two wins in the past year, Pocket Fives totals his wins at $2.7 million. But the stat I find most mind-blowing with this Gen-Z Magic player (inspired by the likes of David Williams, Eric Froehlich, and Dario Minieri to make the crossover into poker, he tells CardPlayer) … Petersen’s average cash is $1,527 … in 1,778 money finishes! Gotta think Phil Hellmuth couldn’t claim more than double that (live and online) over his entire life even if he included cash games … which says a lot because Hellmuth had already won the main event before Peterson was even born.

With Peter Eastgate retired and Gus Hansen one of the losingest players of the year (even if he takes down a WSOPE bracelet today ), seems like Mement_mori (Latin for “Remember you will die”) has easy claim as the best player in Denmark even though he has yet to cash in a live event. It doesn’t cost online players a thing to get their Cardrunners schooling with financial aid from Truly Free Poker Training. (Sign up here – promise you’ll qualify.)

10 Comments to “(Online) Poker’s Next Generation ”

  1. David Alexander


    Looks to me like “no after the flop game”
    so, they try to win it all preflop…

    That’s what separates Tom Dwan I think..

  2. DanM

    in general, you might be right, but this kids results suggest his game isn’t quite so simple.

  3. Grunkzzz

    Hey Dan where is the love for DFW poker? The TJ Cloutier Poker classic, allegedly the first event named after the king of craps starts tomorrow. the little events have been going all week. Anyways didn’t know how to PM you or what not so I just posted here.


  4. Lana

    David, Tom Dwan plays mainly cash. There are very different strategies for cash and tournament play, but luckily CardRunners/Truly Free offers videos for both.

  5. Jess Welman

    Hate to chime in with the shameless plug here, but Mickey is also one of the frontrunners in the BLUFF OPOY race. He was number one for much of the summer and only dropped out of the top two recently since he’s been playing live in Europe.

    He absolutely destroyed the SCOOP this year and is most definitely legit.

  6. DanM

    jess, there might be a TPB seg in there somewhere. We know that for whatever reason CardPlayer’s POY is what people care about mostly for live tourneys. But which one matters most in the online player world? is Bluff’s OPOY a better gauge than CPs? Or is it Pocket 5s ranking that matters most because it factors in cash play?

  7. Kasper Saugmann

    FYI, Mickey have cashed a eight times so far. Which is pretty good, imo, considering that EPT London 2009 was his first live tournament.


    Kasper Saugmann

  8. Kasper Saugmann

    Oops, EPT London was obviously his second event.

  9. Jess Welman

    I honestly value P5s rankings more than anything. Our OPOY race places an unusual emphasis on volume. What I do think is interesting though is that Mickey is ranked in the top of all three, which all include extremely different criteria.

    I have to disagree w/ you on POY though. I think BLUFF’s POY is starting to garner more respect than CP because we don’t include as many tiny buy-in events. Love Basebaldy, but I think most would suggest naming Mercier POY over Baldwin is probably more accurate. In other words, the flaws in our respective systems are flipped–CP Live puts too much emphasis on volume, while BLUFF OPOY can be fairly criticized for the same flaw.

  10. Jess Welman

    Also, P5s does not factor in cash games.