BlackRain79 Winnings - #1 Winner of All-Time 2NL & 5NL

I have played A LOT of online poker over the years. I am talking well over 10 million hands at this point.

So, trying to figure out my total career earnings is difficult because hand histories got stored on different computers and compiled by different programs: PokerTracker and Holdem Manager.

Before PTR stopped tracking the games at Pokerstars they had me listed as the #1 winner of all-time at both NL2 and NL5. I have also had a lot of success at higher limits as well.

Here are some numbers that I have managed to piece together from my last 5 million hands or so. Most of these hands were played on Pokerstars while playing 24 tables at once (max table limit).

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*Note that all my win-rates above are in BB/100 (big bets), not bb/100 (big blinds) which is what everybody uses these days. So you need to DOUBLE them to get my bb/100 winrate.

So my results at NL2 ($0.01/0.02) for example are actually 29 bb/100, which again is the common metric for online poker win-rates that most people use these days.

In addition to this, I have made tens of thousands more in rakeback earnings, having hit Supernova and milestone bonuses on Pokerstars many times.

Due to my success in these games I also started writing this blog many years ago to share the strategy that I use to beat these games. 

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My Approach to Poker Now as a 10+ Year Pro

As the game of poker continues to evolve, both online and live, I have made many adjustments over the years to continue to stay on top and also to improve my profits as a pro.

So for example in recent years I have stopped mass multi-tabling low stakes online games as much in order to focus more on table selection (finding the fish) and also, playing higher limits.

I also made the decision several years ago to "take my game on the road" so to speak. Because one of the key benefits of playing poker for a living is that you can do it from almost anywhere on earth.

So I now spend a lot of time traveling the world while being primarily based in low cost tropical locations like Thailand and The Philippines.

This also allows me to play live poker more often in places like Manila or Macau for example, where there is tons of big action and good games.

So with these two strategies I am able to make significantly more from poker now than I did in the past.

Now I do want to preface all of the above by pointing out that I have absolutely worked my ass off to achieve these results in poker.

As the famous saying goes, "poker is a hard way to make an easy living."

None of these results came easy for all.

This game can be absolutely brutal at times. You need a very high level of work ethic and emotional control in order to survive in poker over the long haul.

But I hope my success in this game is inspiring in any small way to a few of you out there who are struggling in low stakes games and trying to find a way to win consistently.

Anything is possible in this game if you want it bad enough. But it won't come easy.

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  1. I wonder what stakes you'd be playing at if you never withdrawn from your br?

  2. Poker has been a decent chunk of my income for many years so it wasn't really an option. Probably much higher though.

  3. Great results. Love all the haters lol ing at you playing 2 & 5 NL but I think its cool.

  4. Thanks. Haha ya, life's too short to waste any time on these people! Haters gonna hate...

  5. Anonymous30 March

    That is a decent amount of winnings you got there. If you're running a windows PC, you could try graphing that using MS Excel. Or have you already tried that?

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  6. thats impressive. I love the blog. great articles. cheers mate :)

  7. John,

    Never really thought of that. I don't have all the hand histories anymore in any case. I will get Stars to send them all to me again one day and see what I can do.



  8. Hey Nathan,

    congrats to your stats!
    I´m trying to get close to your win rate on every level that I tackle!;)

    I was wondering however how the win rate and the played hands match with the total winning in your graph...when i calculate it, i end up with half the winnings that your graph shows?!


  9. Hi Kai,

    Thanks. Although remember that many of these results were taken from years ago when the games were a little bit easier. They are still achievable in today's games but you need to table select a lot more. You can't just hop on 24 random tables like I used to and expect to achieve the same results.

    As for the winnings, it is probably because my winrate there is in BB/100 (big bets), not bb/100 (big blinds). If you want to calculate it using bb/100 you have to double it. So the overall winrate would be 18bb/100 for example.

  10. I saw the comment about the Big Bets one minute after I wrote my post!

    Sorry, my bad!

  11. Richard11 October

    Incredible earnings for these stakes! Great blog too, thanks for writing it.

  12. Hey,

    What do you make on average on an year-to-year basis?

    1. It really differs greatly depending on how much I play, what stakes I play, variance etc.

    2. Curious about the timeframe of these hands, particularly the ridiculous 2NL grind. Over 5 Million hands seems like a long time but playing up to 30 tables really puts the pedal down.

    3. Couple years, I played all these hands while on at least 24 tables.

    4. Thanks Nathan, my intention is to grind 5NL and 10NL quick fold format tables across multiple sites, which so far based on site selection has been paying off well for me. My volume is definitely suffering from limited multitabling on other sites, so I am debating consolidating the grind to stars at the lower stake for max tables. Did you play zoom/snap/ whatever fast fold variety during this sample?

    5. No, very little. Almost all of it was on regular tables.

  13. Hey guys IF I had 70k games at 1/3 nl with bb/100 of 13
    5k games at 2/5nl with bb/100 of 17 how would you figure out the bb/100
    for all
    75k games combined ?
    ps can you even combine the two ?

    I am thinking 70k vs 5k games is 14 times more games at 1/3
    so 14 times 3bb
    and 1 time 5bb is equal to 47 bb divided by 15 = average bb of 3.13
    so if i won
    27k dollars it would be 27k divided by 75k hands = 36 which is then divided by 3.13
    bb/100 of 11.5 is that right ?

    P,S, if the above is even correct ? would describe 11.5 as soild ? maybe crushing ?