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The Season 57 Winter 2023 $900 AllStars Tournament was held on Saturday, March 11th, at Gino’s Blind Tiger in Atlanta. To qualify for the prestigious AllStars Tournament you needed to be 1st or 2nd in points at any qualified Venue at the end of the season, Tuesday, February 28th, 2023. 90 players qualified and 55 played. It was tough competition as always!

The Top 9:
9. Stephanie Parrish Lee
8. Sharkdog
7. Lex
6. Mike W
5. Linda Asbell Maxwell
4. Virgil Sorrells
3. Joe Avino
2. Ed McTaggart

and the AllStars Champion – Season 57 – GIL NOWELL!

CONGRATULATIONS to GIL NOWELL and to all the AllStars!

Prizes won:

  • 1st Place wins AllStars Trophy + $400 WSOP seat + APC Engraved Silver Coin + Gear
  • 2nd Place wins $250 + APC Gear
  • 3rd Place wins $150 + APC Gear
  • 4th Place wins $100 + APC Gear
  • 5th – 9th Place wins APC Gear

How did it feel to win the $900 AllStars Tournament after you won the Grand Championship in Season 18, and the AllStars Championship in Season 20?
Satisfying, the previous two wins feel like forever ago. It was an awesome feeling knowing my game can evolve with the changing APC landscape.

When did you learn to play Texas Hold'em?
I am a product of the Moneymaker Affect.

How long have you played with the APC?
Too long. I think I played my first APC game back in season 4.

How many times a week do you play?
I play poker regularly once a week. Twice a week if it fits into my schedule.

You've won some prestigious APC Tournaments and what are your other goals in the APC?
My goals with the APC have changed a lot over the years. My goal on a nightly basis is to go out with Rachel and see our friends. Having a few laughs and drinks. I tell everyone I am an open book when it comes to poker. Ask me why I did something in a hand and I will tell you. I want us all to get better at poker. I get better when everyone around me gets better.

How has your game changed over the years?
I am a lot less skeptical, a lot less fearful of the unlikely. My game is very logical. To a fault at times. It has taken me a long time to get a better "feel" for the game.

Do you play in casinos, and if so, do you play differently than in an APC event?
I do play in casinos from time to time. I don't think my play is much different because the players are not that different from the nightly APC player. I do pay a little more attention, just a little, when playing for real money. Secret, part of my game is having people think I don't pay attention.

Any advice to new players?
Win or lose, take time to analyze your play. Even if it is just a couple of hands you remember from a night. With the new school poker, charts and ranges, it can be very overwhelming. To start, just take a few minutes to go over with someone how you played a particular hand.

Who is your favorite professional poker player?
Right now it is a toss-up between Doug Polk and Brad Owen. I think each brings a good mix of poker knowledge and humor.

What do you think of your APC experience as a whole?
As cheesy as it might sound it has made me a more complete person. I tend to be on the introverted side of things. APC has helped me become more comfortable making friends and talking to people. Plus, to anyone wanting to get better at poker it is in invaluable stepping stone to playing for real.

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