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Capture the Flag: John ‘Nicolak’ Kim

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jan 18, 2011

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Cash-game pro John “Nicolak” Kim has been supporting himself and his family for the past 12 years by playing poker. The 37-year-old California native has been one of the most consistent winners in the online world during that time, and has won more than $600,000 in the last two years alone. Kim, an instructor at the poker training site CardRunners, is known for his high volume of hands played and efficiency in focusing on anywhere from 12 to 15 tables. He began playing $5-$10 no-limit hold’em online in 2003, and has remained a fixture at those stakes ever since then. Card Player caught up with Kim to have him discuss his start in poker, the pressure of providing for his family, and how he has managed to stay successful in the always-evolving world of online poker. Brian Pempus: How did your poker career begin? John Kim: I went on a ...


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