Throughout the year BLUFF.com brings the 2015 Online Player of the Year races for New Jersey and Nevada front and center with features on the players competing for top honor in online poker in the United States. Next up is the red hot Kevin “sofcknsick” Campbell.
Every time Kevin Campbell fires up his laptop or takes his seat at a poker table he has one thing on his mind, to “play perfect poker”, and over the first two months of 2015 he seemingly has, which is one of the main reasons he’s pushed himself into the top ten of the most recent NJ OPOY rankings.
Campbell was in the opening top 20 of those rankings when BLUFF.com began OPOY coverage a month ago, but he’s slowly but surely gotten himself closer to the top of that list, currently sitting in 7th, all while playing some of the best live poker of his career as well to start the year.
A New Jersey grinder through and through, Campbell came into 2015 looking to build off previous moderate live tournament success and through the first two big regional series, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and Parx Big Stax X, he’s done just that.
Campbell opened up the year bubbling the final table of the $2,000,000 guaranteed opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open and then followed that up with a cash in the $1,000,000 guaranteed event before notching a 60th place finish in the WPT WPO Championship, his first ever WPT score.
He then wasted no time continuing that live run good, finding results in both the Big Stax $300 and $1,500, again just missing out on a major final table, bowing out in 13th place in the $1,500 Championship event, with those five results earning him close to $45,000 in tournament winnings.
Couple those live results with Campbell’s online achievements through that time, which include Sunday Major final tables and numerous four figure scores with his biggest coming in the opening event of WSOP.com’s Winter Poker Classic $25,000 guaranteed where he finished 2nd for just under $6,800, and “sofcknsick” has a claim at being one of, if not the, hottest poker player in New Jersey.
Campbell wasn’t always running as good as he has over the last two months though, as there were years of “trial and error” back during the pre-Black Friday era of online poker and some far worse experiences off the felt, but he’s made good on his second chance” both in life and poker and is “grateful that we now have a safe, regulated place to play and a community that has helped him battle through some tough times.
Like the previously featured Mike “JohnnyDrama” Haberman, Campbell says volume is “what is key to the evolution of New Jersey players just because of the number of hands we see. I’ve been in the craziest spots and playing live you just don’t see them enough, now I know what to do when I get myself into them and how to avoid them in big tournaments.”
The regulated online sites of New Jersey aren’t just for the full time grinders either claims Campbell, as he realizes the difficulty of fronting the bill for some brick and mortar events and says, “playing online helps players build up a roll to play live and get experience to make that high buy-in less intimidating”.
He wholeheartedly supports the growth of online poker and believes, “regulated online poker is a positive that will only help grow the game, both in and outside of casinos” and that “players will always play in big live tournaments because everyone,” including himself, “wants that ‘live bink”.
Campbell’s come close to that “bink” a few times this year and he might be searching for another this upcoming weekend as he’s qualified for the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Baltimore through a WSOP.com $30 satellite and will certainly be a player to watch through that event as he tries to continue his “sick” start to 2015.
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