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Steve Wong, aka "S18Wong," broke onto the poker scene online in 2004, quickly garnering a reputation as one of the most feared tournament players on the Web. Highlights of his prodigious record of wins include winning no less than three $10 buy-ins with re-buys and add-ons in a single day, defeating fields of over 500 in each tournament.

Moving into the brick-and-mortar world with equal panache, Steve quickly became one of the most successful live-tournament players in the world. An initial notch in his belt was his win in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event of the 2006 Festa al Lago tournament at the Bellagio. Wong would also make the final table of the main event at the Festa al Lago, finishing second. The confines of the Bellagio apparently favor Wong, as later in 2006 he took down the Five Diamond World Poker Classic's Event 3, $2,500 NLHE, earning himself the moniker "King of the Bellagio."

In 2007 Steve scored impressive results: 67th in the WPT World Championship NLHE event; seventh in the Caesars Las Vegas Poker Tournament's NLHE Championship (a WSOP Circuit event); and 7th in Event 30 of the World Series, NLHE short-handed. Those three cashes alone grossed him close to $160,000.

That same year, he also nailed the No. 14 spot in CardPlayer's Player of the Year rankings.

Steve's success at the felt can be attributed to his killer instinct and formidable focus. When not at the table, though, this poker machine has been described as one of the most amiable characters in the field.

Steve, a native of Hoofdorp in the Netherlands who now lives in Las Vegas, has 15 major tournament cashes and nearly $1.4 million in lifetime earnings.