Carter Swidler – aka Cswidler
Carter Swidler or “cswidler” is a Canadian professional poker player, who enjoys beating his opponents at major Turbo tournaments – online of offline. cswidler is among the top 10 best online poker professionals, and takes his game seriously. Besides poker, he also takes interest in movies and traveling. In addition to these, Carter also has another interesting hobby – felting people.
cswidler’s interest in poker took shape while he was recovering from a knee injury. In 2004, he suffered from a serious knee injury and had to undergo two major surgeries. Cswidler started playing poker soon after that soon got hooked to the game. He started playing online poker in 2006, and 2008, he won a freeroll to the Aussie Millions and cashed in $33,000. After that, there was no turning back.
Today, cswidler spends much of his time on online poker sites, and has earned a total of $2,215,634.88 only from online cash games and poker tournaments on 3 sites. cswidler is a regular at PokerStars, where he uses the screen name cswidler. He also frequents the tournament and cash game tables on Full Tilt Poker as cswidler, and on Betfair Poker as thenig32.
Online Poker Wins and Records
cswidler’s online poker career started in around 2006, when he joined Full Tilt Poker as an amateur. He largely plays NLH tournaments, although he started cash games in the beginning. He remained loyal to Full Tilt Poker till 2010, when he joined PokerStars too. cswidler also joined Betfair, although he played just a handful of games there.
His successful stint at PokerStars, from 2010 to date, added a whopping $1,217,372.85 to his online poker earnings. His online poker earnings from Full Tilt remain less than a million, at $997,653.15. So far, cswidler’s biggest win amounts to $ 115,620.00, which he bagged after winning the WCOOP Second Chance NLH event in September 2012. His second biggest win is $92,895.00, which he earned by finishing 4th in the $1,000 Monday Million hosted at Full Tilt Poker. This was in March 2011.
cswidler also participated in the famed FTOPS event organized by Full Tilt, and bagged his third highest cash prize of $ 92,750 in April 2011. So far in his online poker career, cswidler participated in major professional online poker tournaments like the WCOOP, SCOOP and TCOOP that are hosted by PokerStars, and the FTOPS by Full Tilt Poker.
Live Poker Experience
Although he is among the busiest of online poker players, cswidler also takes time to participate in live poker events such as the WSOP and Aussie Millions. His total live poker earnings amount to $173,018, a major chunk of which is from the WSOP in 2009 and 2010.
In 2009, cswidler took part in WSOP NLH Championship and finished at the 160th position, to take home a cash prize of $40,288. His earnings improved the next year, if only by a margin, to $41,967 in the 2010 WSOP, when he finished 246th in the championship event. His first major live poker experience was at the Aussie Millions Championship in 2008, when he finished 33rd to take home $31,549.
cswidler also participated in the Deep Stack Extravaganza in 2008 and 2011, and cashed in a total of $54,216 at the events. His best performance in a live poker event was at the 2008 Deep Stack Extravaganza, when he finished second and took home an amount of $35,049.
Lately, cswidler has been spending a lot of his time at the tournament tables on PokerStars. He managed a couple of big wins in October and September, earning close to $25,000 with just a few events.
“It’s (Patience is) primarily innate, but in certain situations, an experienced player can learn to be more patient. I’m not usually a patient person, so I’m a good example”.
“I play pretty A-B-C at the beginning of tournaments like the Warm-Up and try to chip up in certain spots.”