Online Poker Pro – Issac Baron

isaac baronPlayer Profile: Issac Baron

Real Name: Isaac Baron
Handle: westmenloAA
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Country: USA

Isaac Baron aka westmenloAA has achieved more in his short career than most players will achieve in a lifetime. Only 22 years old, Isaac burst onto the scene 4 years ago, playing online games exclusively for the simple reason that he was more easily able to lie about his age – no one who saw him in the flesh would have believed he was 21, the required age for most land-based casinos.

His name is known and his handle feared at poker sites across the world, and he made headlines recently when he took down his first real world poker tournament, taking first place at the Caesar’s Palace Classic main event table. At this event he cashed $246,928, and in so doing took out some of poker’s most established players like Michael Benvenuti, Glen Chorny and Theo Tran.

What’s so remarkable about this is that Baron never dropped below a 5:1 chip count for the the duration of the entire final table.

Baron’s Poker Begginings

Baron’s fascination with the game of poker began at the tender age of 16, when he caught an ESPN broadcast of the World Series of Poker on TV. He was instantly taken with the sport, and set up an amateur home game where he and his friends developed the beginnings of strategy by playing each other. From there, the next logical step was taking the game online.

Baron was too young to be able to fund his own account, so he arranged for a friend of his to transfer funds across to him – some poker sites allow you to flip some chips to a buddy – and started playing poker for real. This could all have gone horribly wrong had it not been for Baron’s natural talent and aptitude for the game. Within a short time of starting to play, he took down his first online tournament for a $4,000 cash – the seeds of his bankroll.

After turning 18 he could legally play at many online poker sites (although not at real world casinos), and began to systematically and aggressively attack both the tournament scene and the ring game circuit, where he quickly became a feared player. In 2006 he started earning serious cash from the game to the point where he abandoned his college aspirations. He had registered to study journalism but was making more money from poker than he could ever reasonably expect to make from a writing career.

First Big Cash

In January of 2007, he took down his first PokerStars Sunday Million, cashing $254,518. If the poker playing world hadn’t been aware of him before, they were now, and in the same year he went on to take down a Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major, cashing $132,787 in first place.

From there, the sky was the limit, and Baron has consistently and regularly won major online tournaments at PokerStars and Full Tilt. It’s always been his dream, however, to play the World Series of Poker.

WSOP and Beyond

Sadly he turned 21 in the middle of the 2008 event, so he couldn’t participate, but he flew out to Europe for the European Poker Tour where he cleaned up. He made the final table of the EPT in Monte Carlo, one of the youngest players ever to do so, and cashed around $930,000 for his 4th place finish.

2009 saw him play in his first ever WSOP in the states. Like many players in 2009, he missed registration for the Main Event, but he performed admirably in many other events, cashing 7th in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

And now his impressive Caesar’s Palace win. Isaac Baron will be one to watch when the takes on the WSOP main event in 2010 – he’s determined to make the November Nine.