After a win, Kalidas says he’s going to spend his prize money on a trip to Vegas. He chose the first week of June as the time for that adventure because it is also when he will be done with school and have some free time.
The “wsop bracelet” is a bracelet given to the winner of the World Series of Poker Circuit. It’s a tradition for winners to wear it on their wrists in Las Vegas.
Krishna Kalidas is a well-known IT professional in the retail business by day. By night, Kalidsa changes as “NinjaGO,” a professional online poker player in New Jersey.
After work one night, the Somerset resident sat down to unwind and watched the World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN. The information started to filter in Kalidas’ mind, and a new enthusiasm for life arose.
“I became hooked on poker after seeing it on TV one day,” he explains. “I like the competitive and skill aspects of poker, as well as all of the trick plays and bluffs.”
NinjaGO took his game to the next level this summer and went on a tear, winning nine WSOP Online events. The highlight occurred on July 13 when Kalidas came in fifth place for $23,124 in Event 13: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout.
Kalidas has had quite a run, and he recently chatted with USPoker about his life as an online grinder from the Garden State.
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Ninja in the making
Kalidas’ WSOP frenzy didn’t stop there, however. In August, NinjaGO won his first WSOP Circuit ring, winning the opening event for $23,127.
“It was good to finish up with my first ring after a few deep runs this summer,” he adds. “Winning this one feels great since I’ve been playing good and training hard.”
Kalidas has continued to win throughout the summer and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s on his way to winning $500,000 in online tournaments. Here are a few more recent internet cashouts:
- Second for $12,290 in the $100 WSOP.com Player Appreciation (September 2021).
- Fifth for $16,230 in the $525 WSOP.com Caesars Circuit (September 2021).
- Third for $2,860 in the $109 partypoker Daily 10k (October 2021).
- $55 WSOP.com Weekly 10k (October 2021) – $2,850 first place
Some players may let their ego to get the better of them after racking up some impressive scores. Krishna, on the other hand, has chosen to increase the ante on his study game.
“I ended up busting after playing a few hands wrong after running deep in the WSOP series and going into the final table with a lot of chips,” he explains.
“I recognized I needed some assistance in reviewing my hands. I contacted Matt Stout and we set up a coaching session, which I believe improved my game.”
What’s next? Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination.
Kalidas keeps studying by viewing instructional videos. He’s now gearing up for his next poker journey, which will take him to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker.
He claims he plans to be in Vegas from the end of October until the beginning of November. “I’ve already registered for the Mini Main Event and a few others, and if I satellite into it, I may even play the Main Event.”
NinjaGO is currently heading to Sin City to finish a vision that began late one night after work while watching television. He’s aiming for a follow-up interview this autumn.
“I want to speak with you again shortly after winning my first bracelet,” he adds.
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