By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
Many online poker players aspire to reach Supernova or Supernova Elite status in the PokerStars VIP system.
To achieve that goal, they need to earn 100,000 VPPs in a year for Supernova or 1 million in a year for Supernova Elite. Low stakes players who play a lot typically take the majority of a year to accumulate enough points for just Supernova; reaching Supernova Elite typically requires tons of grinding and multitabling.
This year, PokerStars decided to hold a race to Supernova and Supernova Elite. The first player to attain each title was set to receive some valuable bonuses.
A player by the name of Alex Wice likely surprised even PokerStars with how quickly he managed to reach Supernova. He completed the task in record time on January 2nd, a bit under 40 hours after the start of the new year.
Wice, a 24-year-old Canadian, is also on pace to crush the previous record for time taken to get to Supernova Elite. At the time of this writing, he's just shy of 1/4th of the way there, meaning he's on pace to do it in just over 1 month. The previous record set in 2011 was about 2 months.
Wice recounts in his blog quite how fast he had to play to stay ahead of "MouldyOnions", the 2nd fastest player to Supernova this year:
"I wanted to win so bad somehow it came out. I think it was adrenaline, or something that really helped me. I think few people (even now) understand the scope of what I did in order to win. It is about 6.5k hands an hour. That's something like 7k decisions an hour or about 1 decision every 0.55 seconds. A human can react in only 0.25 seconds from brain to mouse, so it leaves 0.30s for processing. To do this for 1.5h especially after having played for 30h is completely insane. I (or probably anyone) will very likely never play that fast ever again (when multiplied by VPIP -- I know there is rs03 but I don't consider having a VPIP of 4 to be notable)."
To all of you who want to make Supernova or Supernova Elite this year, good luck. Just remember that you're allowed to pace yourself!
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