One of the most known members of the latest generation of professional poker players, Sam Stein has made a name for himself as a premier poker player for the best part of a decade. Traditionally an online poker player until Black Friday made him play more live events, Stein has consistently performed well in top level events throughout the world.
Stein officially started his live professional poker career with a few relatively small in the money finishes at events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which included a WSOP event. He first began to make his presence felt at the Bellagio Cup V, where he finished the Championship Event in ninth place out of 268 entrants.
He followed that up with another final table finish at the 2009 Legends of Poker Championship Event in L.A. one month later. A second place finish in the $5,000 No Limit event at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where he finished ahead of players such as Sorel Mizzi and Jason Somerville, helped set the stage for what would soon become a fruitful poker career for Stein.
Another second placed at the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Deep Stack Extravaganza in February 2010, which netted Stein US$522,306, further cemented his great start to 2010. Three WSOP in the money finishes and a WSOP Europe in the money finish helped to round out Stein’s great year.
Things would only get better for Stein from then on in, however, as a fourth place finish in the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event led to him earning what is currently his largest ever live poker tournament win – US$1,000,000. The achievement was a first of some major poker accolades for Stein in 2011, the first of which was a final table finish in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event in the WSOP.
The best came two weeks later, however, when Stein won his first, and currently only WSPO Gold Bracelet in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, topping a field of 685. A top place finish at the €10,000 8 Max event at the EPT San Remo in October 2011 firmly established Stein as one of the best young players in professional poker.
Stein’s success on the felt has continued ever stronger, having gone in the money at the WSOP 12 times since 2012, with two of those being final table finishes. It has all resulted in total live poker earnings of over US$4.2 million, which is not bad for a guy who is still a few years from turning 30.
With that said, it will be no surprise if Stein’s best poker days are yet to come as has career continues to go from strength to strength.