MTT Phenom Michael “munchenHB’ Telker, currently residing in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, has been playing professionally for 7 years. He started his professional career off with a bang, winning the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl in January of 2010 for $93,720, followed by victories in the $1k Monday in June and August 2010 for $75,000 and $79,000. In February 2011, Telker was back at it again, this time with a 3rd in a $100 rebuy FTOPs event for $60,348, followed by a win in the FTOPs $1k Multi-entry for $408,068. Then in September 2011, he took his success over to Pokerstars, with victories in the WCOOP $1k event for $353,120 and WCOOP 2nd chance $320 rebuy for $55,089.
In January of 2012, Telker took to the live felts in Bahamas where he placed 2nd in a $2k side event for $93,170, and 7th in the $25k High Roller for $145,040. In September of 2012 he was back at it for more WCOOP action, where he chopped the $5,200 WCOOP Main event in a 4 way deal earning him $1,000,584. Then in December 2012, he had a couple of 2nd place finishes in the Sunday Warmup and Pokerstars $1k where he pocketed $79,115 and $75,880. in January 2013 he was back at it in Bahamas with a $5k turbo win for $96,750, 7th in a $5k for $35,000 and 15th in the $25k High Roller for $69,980.
In May 2013, Telker showed his skills by final tabling the $10,300 SCOOP Main event, this time finishing 4th for $446,600. In October of 2014 he finished in 4th place in a $1,675 WSOP circuit main event for $108,392. In December of the same year he was back at it online with a win in the Pokerstars $1k for $124,832. In September 2015 he added another $1k victory for $87,890, then a 3rd place in December 2015 for $54,018. The $1k success wasn’t over yet for Telker. In May 2016 he added another victory for $76,309 and then in January 2017 he finished 3rd for $56,414. In October 2016 he also won a live $3200 High Roller event for $52,015.
Playing mostly out of Windsor, Ontario, Canadian Michael ‘MikeyGG3′ Gentili broke out with a huge score in grand fashion in September 2014 when he took sixth place in the PokerStars $1,050 WCOOP Event #30: Super Tuesday for almost $64,000. Over a year later, in November 2015, he snagged an outright victory in the PokerStars Hot $75 for almost $22,000. Gentili’s success continued into 2016 with a slew of big scores. He started off the year with two deep final table finishes in PokerStars TCOOP Events. He first won TCOOP Event #13: $33 Saturday Speedway for over $24,000 before a week later he banked another $25,000 with a third place finish in TCOOP Event #45: $109 8-Max NL Hold’em. Two months later, in March 2016, he secured more than $34,000 with a fourth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up.
With only a little more than 2 years professional experience he has added numerous live scores as well. Some of which include $210,000 for chopping a $2500 at WPT Fallsview Niagra, a WSOP Circuit ring in Montreal. Two days after that he came 5th in the Montreal Circuit Main for $42,000. At 2016 WSOP he finished 2nd in event 59 – $5000 NLH for $495,000, and most recently coming in 5th in PSC Bahamas $5000 Main event for $141,000. He currently resides in Windsor, although is frequently travelling to new destinations both poker and non-poker related.
Chris Hunichen is a multiple PocketFives Triple Crown winner and was also the first online player in the history of pocketfives.com to win a triple crown all within a 24 hour time period. Chris joined the ranks of the elite online players worldwide, debuting in the top 100 in September ’09 and has never looked back. The online legend has cashes totaling over $9 Million and is blazing his way to the $10 Million Milestone.
In 2010 Huni’s outright victories in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $90,000 along with a first place effort in the Wednesday Quarter Million for $50,300 got him off to the start he wanted. He also won the Full Tilt Poker $90k Guarantee for $40,200. His other key scores include a victory in the PokerStars $150k Guaranteed Sunday Rebuy for $47,900 (September ’10) and a 3rd place showing in the Stars $250k Guaranteed Sunday Rebuy for $40,900 from December ’09. In December ’10, he won the Absolute Poker $150k Guaranteed ($1,000+50 NLHE) for $40,300.
In February 2012, Hunichen won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $68,000. He claimed his third Triple Crown three months later in May 2012 after winning tournaments on PokerStars, Titan Poker, and bwin. In November of the same year, he was back at it, this time on PokerStars, where he took seventh in the site’s Sunday 500 for $11,000. He closed out 2012 by winning his fifth Triple Crown after wins on PokerStars, Full Tilt, and WPT Poker.
In 2013, Big Huni was back at it in a big way, this time taking second in the 888 $200K Whale for $39,000. In December 2013, he won the PokerStars Sunday $100R outright for $67,000 and also a outright victory in the Poker Stars Super Tuesday for a score of $103,740.
In January of 2014 Huni finished 2nd in the $5300 PCA Event for $134,800. November 2014 saw Hunichen hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, chopping the tournament 2 ways and bagging $89,000. The field that week numbered over 3,100. In July of 2014 Chris won the Venetian Deepstack III for a whopping $301,442.
Shorty thereafter in January 2015, Big Huni triumphed in the Full Tilt Sunday Major, outlasting a field of 889 entrants en route to a $36,000 payday. Also a 2nd place finish in the WCOOP $700 Progressive Super KO for $77,486 and 2nd in the $320 PL Omaha 6Max WCOOP for 57,576 in the same series.
One year later, he final tabled the Sunday 500 for $26,000. In February 2016, Hunichen won the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $12,000, defeating a field of 245. Big Huni topped his previous largest online cash in the WCOOP 10,300 8-Max High Roller with a score of $105,888.
Chris currently resides in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica and can be seen battling on the Highest stakes felts daily.