The Man Who Triple-Drawed $Millions!

Tucked firmly in among the biggest winners of all-time in online poker is a man that I, and possibly some of you, have somehow never heard of before -  the US-German pro Cort Kibler-Melby, otherwise known as thecortster, who made more than $3million battling against the best in the world.

By: Andrew Burnett

A quick look at his PokerStars lifetime graph above looks pretty decent, of course, more than $half a million at No Limit Hold’em a very decent effort, including this $144k pot from back in 2011…

…but it was at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables that the Cortster made his real name, up almost $20 per hand over a 135k sample, with huge winning sessions against the likes of Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov.

Massive swings were par for the course, with one week in 2014, for example, seeing him go on a $1.7million upswing…

…while a year later he took Phil Ivey for over $600k in just two days at $1000/$2000 stakes… although not much remains of the hand histories.

Kibler-Melby may have spent a fair chunk of his time online, but he also made a few forays into the live tournament scene, a 2007 WSOP visit giving him his biggest cash of $96,775, with a few decent EPT paydays and an Aussie Millions cash thrown in along the way.

He also appears to have thrown in a brief movie appearance in Baltic Storm back in 2003, although pics of him in the German thriller are thin (try non-existent) on the ground.

Well, all good things come to an end of course, and for ‘thecortster’ it seems to have been a brutal 2015 that finally sent him reeling away from the online poker tables, although much of his 2014 winnings left with him judging by the graphs below…

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