Inactive since 2015, American-born Luke Nettles started playing poker professionally around 2006. He is a tournament specialist best known for his online achievements, particularly at FullTilt under the screenname ‘elanor’. On the site, he accumulated over $1,200,000 in MTT winnings between 2006 and 2012. His largest ever cash came in the FTOPS #22 event back in 2010, where he scooped $146,929 for his third-place finish after making a deal at the final table – not bad for a $300 buy-in. He won a number of the daily majors on FullTilt and also claimed a USA COOP title in the $215 NLH 1R1A event in 2010 as ‘tobia$ bluth’ on PokerStars. These wins placed Nettles firmly in the top 100 online tournament earners for 2010.
Unfortunately for Luke, his ability to make money from poker was clearly hit hard by Black Friday. Being a U. S. resident, he was unable to play online poker and attempted to transition over to the live tournament scene as is shown by his string of live tournament cashes post-2011. However, the world of live poker can be extremely high variance with many pros rely on the income from online games where they can put in a sufficient amount of volume to ride that variance out. With Nettles stripped of this choice while still living in America, making a living from poker became increasingly difficult for the California native and most likely explains his inactivity on the scene today.