Presenting our 5th player profile of the 2014 November Nine line up. William Tonking who calls himself more of a ‘cash game’ player admits that the WSOP 2014 was only the 3rd time this year he had played at tournaments. But call it fate or his sheer poker skill that now he finds himself at the centre stage of all poker activity. Tonking is our profiled 2014 November Niner. Read up on the poker journey of this US poker player who will converge at the Rio in November again to win the most coveted WSOP Bracelet.
|Born||Flemington, NJ USA|
|WSOP ITM Finishes||4|
|Live Tournament Earnings||$824,031|
William Tonking, the 27 year old American poker pro is all set to play at the 2014 WSOP main event November Nine with a healthy stack of 11.25 M chips. Tonking has been a poker player since his high school days and started playing online poker at the University of South Carolina from where he graduated in Economics. Later in 2011, he established himself as a cash game player in regional casinos.
In the 6 years of his professional poker career, Tonking has kept pace with evolving tactics and strategies throughout the tournaments. Besides poker, he is a die-hard fan of Mets, Knicks, Cowboys and follows the South Carolina football team.
He achieved his first poker career high in 2012 when he finished fifth in the Sands Bethlehem Deepstack Extravaganza $2,500 No-limit main event for $28,000. Moreover, Tonking keeps playing at Sam’s in Bethlehem, Borgata, and the WSOP. In total, he has made $824,031 in live tournaments. You can find him playing online poker under the screen-names WillTonk21 and amazin_mets on New Jersey poker sites. His total online poker winnings currently are $95,324. This Final table at the 2014 WSOP is the biggest thing that has happened to his poker graph.
One of the strongest contenders at the upcoming November Nine event, Tonking has cashed good amounts at four smaller WSOP events. Still single, he stays in Flemington, New Jersey. Follow him at @willtonk21 on twitter.
Notable victories –
- 2008 Deep Stack Extravaganza IV, Las Vegas; $500 + 40 No Limit Hold’em: $7,913
- 2010 Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City; $1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em: $11,330
- 2012 Sands Bethlehem Deepstack Extravaganza, Bethlehem; $2,500 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event: $28,000
- 2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City- $3300 +200 NLHE Main Event- Finished 79th for $8,146.
- 2014 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas;$10,000 World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event#65): $730,725
The other November Niner’s profiled include Jarryt Van Hoof, Mark New House, Dan Sindelar, Felix Stephenson and Bruno Politano.