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Player Profile: Laurence “rivermanl” Houghton

February 16th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Oneof Europe’s best young online poker players is Laurence “rivermanl” Houghton. Hailing from London, Laurence has recently vaulted himself into the No. 6 position on the pocketfives.com online tournament player standings with an amazing display of multi-tabling the biggest games online. “rivermanl” or “whatariver1” as he’s also known, not only plays in all the big online multi-table poker tournaments, but he also plays high limit sit-and-go and $25/$50 no limit holdem cash games, all at the same time.


The 23-year-old’s first cash online was in 2006, so Houghton has achieved this lofty level of success in just two years. His multi-table tournament scores are so numerous and consistent over the last 10 months that to list them all would be onerous to read.

Some of Houghton’s big scores include $100 Re-Buys (April, $20,790); the $200 Re-Buys, $200 Heads-Up tournament & FT $1k Monday (all June, over $155,000); the Stars $5,000 Winner Takes All (August, $50,000); and the Sunday Second Chance (October, $54,480). In November, Houghton took down Event #8 FTOPS ($250 NLH) for a career-best score of $137,154.

Houghton was a regular in the old Gutshot Club (now the International Club) along with Poker Verdict’s Tony Phillips, who named Houghton as one of his favorite players. His live tourney results are not as impressive, with only seven cashes since September of 2006. Although, with his last four cashes coming in the last five months he seems to be improving his live game as well. Houghton has been carrying the label of ‘the most underrated player in the world’ for a few months now, but if he continues on his current run he won’t have that label for much longer.

Since March he’s showing over $1M in profit on PokerStars and another $600,000 on Full Tilt. Sharkscope.com has his sit-and-go profits at over $130,000, an amazing feat when you consider all the games he plays at once. So if you see “rivermanl” or “whatariver1” in a big tournament at Pinnacle Sports Poker, you should beware that it’s probably Laurence Houghton, and that you’re most likely sitting across from one of the best young players in the world.

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