Kevin 'BuyMeDinner' Pahl Uses Snakes and Ladders to Get to The WSOP

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Kevin 'BuyMeDinner' Pahl Uses Snakes and Ladders to Get to The WSOP
13:30
09 Jun

It was a real-life game of snakes and ladders for Global Poker’s latest big winner Kevin 'BUYMEDINNER' Pahl, the Rattlesnake Open champion climbing the leaderboard ladder to the very top rung – and set to turn his victory into a WSOP to remember…

Not that Kevin achieved his success all by himself, though, the champion explaining to PokerTube that his “biggest supporter”, wife Maggie, has made life as a poker player much easier, stating: “she helps me to stay focused and to ensure that I don’t tilt (too badly).”

Another big influence in Pahl’s poker life is best friend Jordan “who I talk to a lot about Poker,” Kevin relating that:

“We actually met as our dad’s do business together. He has been a very successful player for over a decade. I really get a lot of value from talking about poker and bouncing different ideas and theories off him.”

Having such steady influences around him will help Kevin once he hits the bright lights of Vegas, the soccer coach by day and poker player by nights and weekends planning to use his Global Poker prize to buy into a range of events, including the Monster Stack Challenge amongst other WSOP events. He will also be heading to the Wynn to play the big $1 Million guarantee on 28 June.


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The Wynn Classic was where his predecessor as Global Poker champion, Grizzly Games winner Sandra ‘MommyGingery’ Lefler, cashed twice on home soil in Las Vegas.

 Pahl will be looking to follow in Lefler’s footsteps – and the man who came before them both, Nathan ‘Penta’ Blair, who won the Eagle Cup last year and translated that into a $5k+ cash at the WSOP Cherokee Circuit Event last December in North Carolina.

Global Poker has been great to me,” Pahl told PokerTube on being quizzed about his online success and live opportunity thanks to the leading US online site. “I am really happy. Sure, there are other sites out there but I don’t really like them. Global Poker has been 100% fantastic!

The SNG specialist explained how he got started on the site, telling us:

“I had heard good things about Global Poker so I wanted to give it a go. I played around a bit and at the start of the year I had SC$10 on the site.”

For those who don’t know, $weeps cash, or SC$, is the in-game currency used on the site, which can be cashed out via PayPal or, in a welcome new addition to the site, WorldPay.

Pahl continued:

“I played some SC$1 SNGs, these were going well so I moved up to the SC$6 ones. I worked on my game and before I knew it I was playing the 20s and am now playing a wide range of the SNGs quite regularly.”

He added:

“The SNGs on Global Poker are fantastic. I like the pace and the structure of them. As well as the games being good, the people on Global Poker are really friendly. I chat with a lot of people on the site when I play and it makes things really enjoyable, everyone seems really nice."



As with any poker player, the support of their partner can be a make or break factor in a career or hobby, and it seems that Kevin BUYMEDINNER Pahl has struck gold, telling us that wife Maggie “has always been supportive of my ambitions”.

He explained:

“We met in college and I used to go and play poker every weekend in North Carolina. She was always intrigued with how I kept coming home with more money.” That led to Kevin taking Maggie along on a trip one weekend. "I took her with me to see what it was all about and she loved it. She has been supporting me ever since. She helps me to stay focused and to ensure that I don’t tilt (too badly).”

Striking gold in the love department is one thing, but can Kevin repeat the feat at the World Series of Poker? It would be an incredible story, but first off he’ll be looking to join his Global Poker colleagues Sandra Lefler and Nathan Blair in reaching the money. After that, all bets are off in the race to a dream.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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