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Capture the Flag: Alec Torelli

by Kristy Arnett |  Published: Jun 11, 2009


Alec Torelli received most of his poker upbringing online, where he plays under the name “traheho” and regularly cuts up no-limit hold’em cash games at stakes anywhere from $5-$10 to $300-$600. He’s also proven his tournament prowess, having won the Full Tilt Online Poker Series III main event and accumulated $750,000 in live-tournament winnings. He is an all-around player who preaches the importance of maintaining a balanced life in order to achieve true poker success. Kristy Arnett: When did you first start playing cash games? Alec Torelli: I first started playing about five years ago. I played $5 buy-ins with my friends after school. We played 10¢-20¢ or 25¢-50¢ blinds. I eventually worked my way up and deposited money online a year or two after that. I won a $30 tournament for like $2,000. I was 16, and was thinking I was a huge baller [laughing]. I went out and ...

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