Randy Lew Signed to Team Liquid

In addition to enjoying a successful career as a poker player, PokerStars sponsored pro Randy Lew has now entered the world of eSports in a big way after becoming a member of Team Liquid.
Playing in the Hearthstone division, the 31 year-old will kick-off his crossover career at DreamHack Winter 2016, where he will apparently play “nine grueling Swiss rounds” of the card game. As well as his presence, a good peformance is sure to inspire eSports fans to subsequently try their hands at poker at some later stage.
Randy Lew has earned $1,195,047 playing live poker tournaments since 2010, with his biggest score coming in 2011 after winning the APPT HK$ 30k Main Event for HK$3,772,000 (US$484,617). However, he is best known for his online presence and multi-tabling skills, having amassed a further $979,209 online playing under the screen name Nanonoko. In 2012, Lew also set the Guinness World Record for the most poker hands played during an eight-hour session while turning a profit.
In the meantime, Randy Lew has built up a strong fan base on Twitch, where his and some of his fellow pros’ direct engagement with a younger audience is seen as an essential means of bringing in a new generation of players into the game. However, Lew’s interest in online gaming dates back many years, and in 2003 and 2004 he entered the Evolution Championship Series (EVO), eventually finishing the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 event in 5th place.
Commenting on the crossover potential between eSports and poker, and how his own skill set may allow him to compete at Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Lew explained:
“Hearthstone has many similarities to poker in that it’s a turn based card game where you are trying to figure out your opponent’s moves so you can optimize your turn. I think my experience in poker will allow me to learn quickly and fulfill my desire to be one of the best in Hearthstone.”

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