Introducing Shane ‘WowPoker’ Ball – our resident American and current Eastern correspondent, crushing GGPoker cash-tables on Twitch from his current residence in Japan.

Shane started playing poker in 2004 shortly after graduating high-school, soon leaving behind the family-friendly poker games hosted by his parents for more lucrative pastures. Like the scholars before him who would journey to Irish monasteries in the early Medieval period to study art, culture, law and other esoteric practices, Shane got stuck into the books.

It wasn’t long before his winning ways brought him to online poker. As is often the case with beginner’s luck, or people who initially rely on natural talent to get by, it’s easy to miss learning the rudiments. Shane soon understood the importance of bankroll management, which is the first step towards becoming a stolid professional.

After having some sweet rolls around various poker rooms, including one $45,000 jackpot win slotting in second place for the largest score in his career, Shane switched to cash games.

Finally after several years perfecting his craft as a pro, Shane moved to Japan teaching English at a university, a profession which affords him ample free time to chase his dream and chat with other like-minded poker aficionados in the stream chat.