forhayley is 43rd on the list of biggest poker winners tracked by HighstakesDB. The data is based on 494247 hands played and his total cash game profits amount to $1,508,570.
The only name we know for the young poker phenom from Russia known as "forhayley" is Dima - (in a rare 2011 interview with Ivan Demidov he is only referred to as 'Dima')
Poker first really came to the attention of Dima after watching fellow Russian Ivan Demidov finish runner-up in the WSOP Main Event in 2008. At this time Dima was somewhat well known in the cybersports community as a commentator for Counter Strike, something he did as a favour to the creators of goodgame.ru (who he was friends with). He ended up commentating for around 18 months.
Dima started playing poker in 2009 but didn't take it seriously at first. He would take advantage of a $50 no deposit bonus, play a $30 sit and go then blow the rest quickly. He started to take it seriously after deciding he wanted to take a break from his university studies; studies that he would end up never going back to.
At first Dima didn't particularly enjoy the game of poker, but saw it more as a means to make money. It wasn't until he reach 100NL when he started to come up against thinking players that the game started to interest him more than just a vehicle to make money.
It took him just two years to reach the highest stakes online whilst playing an incredible volume of hands, multi-tabling his way through the limits of NLHE. Risk averse, forhayler has claimed he would never risk anymore than 10% of his bankroll in a game, no matter how juicy or how many fish were at the table, and that he would never sit down at a table unless he had 100 buy-ins.
As well as the huge amount forhayley won at the stakes below $50/$100, he has also won big at highstakes online. Playing as forhayley at PokerStars his $50/$100 and above winnings are over $1.5m and his high stakes winnings at Full Tilt, where he played as "Rhje" are over $2.743m. Much of his Full Tilt success came in the summer of 2013 during the infamous "MalACEsia" games at the $400/$800 6max tables. Dima won close to $2m from these games alone.
Dima isn't a big tournament player but he did win a SCOOP title back in 2012, earning over $68k for taking down the $215 4max NLHE event. He also came close to a WCOOP crown in 2015's $10k High Roller NLHE Heads-up event, finishing runner-up to Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz for $112k.
Although he is clearly one of the best and most accomplished NLHE players in the world, Dima is still incredibly humble and even titled his hugely popular Russian blog "an untalented regular". Having such a grounded view has obviously kept forhayley working harder than almost any other online player - something which has reaped him millions of dollars in winnings in just a few short years.
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