Andrew "Lucky Chewy" Lichtenberger took down the $5k WSOP Circuit event at Caesars in Vegas yesterday, earning himself a spotlight in our "This Guy" Might Be Good at Poker series.
How much you know about Chewy depends on where in the poker world you spend your time. More and more, however, Chewy's becoming a familiar face even to mainstream poker television audiences.
Inside the poker world Chewy is a made man. Part of the Leggo Poker crew, Lichtenberger was very successful online before transitioning to live events. It's tough to say how much he's made online but his live success is well documented.
Let's take a look.
Considering he's only been playing live events for like a year and a half it's pretty sick that he's stacked over $1.1 million in cashes.
He played some small stuff in the US in mid-2008, and min-cashed at the PCA at the beginning of '09, but hit his first significant score in April of that year with a 13th place finish at the WPT $25k Championship for $81,710.
As it turned out it was just a prelude to the 2009 WSOP.
Cashing in five events Chewy left Vegas with $754,687 in total earnings. He runner-up'd the $5k Shootout for $215,000 and made it to the final two tables of the Main Event for $500k and change.
Since then he's had some legitimate chances deep in big events. He made 20/730 at EPT London and 10/872 at the NAPT Venetian main event.
Yesterday's victory at WSOPC Caesars marked his first major win, good for $190,137.
So yeah, we pretty much assume Chewy's going to continue to play good and make lots of money in live poker tournaments. We're going to make a point of tracking him down this summer at the World Series of Poker so make sure to keep an eye on our WSOP Live Coverage section to see what happens.