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Dream Comes True For Member!

Tags: Nikola Minovic, partypoker.
Posted on 16 October 2017 by "T".

StheP1973's adventure at partypoker started in July 2016 with a $10 free bankroll from Only one year after joining partypoker, he managed to win a $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party Festival package!

Just like the $10 free bankroll he started out with, StheP1973 also won his $10,000 package at partypoker without spending a single dime!

We, the entire team at, are excited and happy to announce that StheP1973 will be wearing a BankrollMob patch when playing the $5,300 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Main Event ($5,000,000 guaranteed) in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in November!

Here's an interview with the man behind the alias StheP1973 (continue reading to find out how he managed to turn nothing into a $10,000 poker tournament package!)

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Nikola Minovic, I come from a beautiful little town named Kraljevo (Eng. Kingstown because 7 Serbian kings were crowned in Kraljevo) in Serbia. I am 27-years-old and currently finishing my final studies to become an electrical engineer. I have been a member of the BankrollMob community since October 2014 and it has been 3 awesome years!

How did you get into poker?

When I was in high school, I think it was 2008, I visited my cousin for a couple of days. He is a mathematics professor and was playing poker for play money on Facebook. When he had some exams to grade, he asked me to play instead of him.

I didn't know what I was doing, I was just "clicking buttons", but I quickly fell in love with the game and eventually started learning some strategies. I started playing with real money on PokerStars in 2012 and from there on I was hooked. I have played poker regularly and improved my game since then.

Please tell us the amazing story how you ended up winning the 10k Caribbean package at partypoker.

There was a promotion on partypoker called Click N Collect where one could win satellite tickets of different values to the Caribbean Poker Party. I don't play tournaments much, but since I had won a $2.2 ticket in the Click N Collect promotion, I decided to rest a little bit from the cash games and give it a shot.

I started with a satellite where $22 tickets were up for grabs. I won a ticket and decided to play the next stage with $109 satellite tickets in the prize pool. I won again and jumped right into the next satellite where $1,050 tickets to enter the final satellite were at stake.

I was doing pretty well and ended up on final table with the chip lead, but then I lost an all-in with QQ vs AK and a big pot with JJ vs KK. Suddenly, I was among the short stacks, before finally being eliminated in 7th place. It was horrible feeling to get so far but not win anything.

While I was watching the WSOP Main Event on TV the following day, I decided to check out that promotion [Click N Collect] on my mobile. Once again, I won a $2.20 satellite ticket. I played the satellite on my mobile and won a $22 ticket to enter the next level.

I started playing the $22 satellite at home and continued while going grocery shopping. When I was back from the store, I had once again managed to win a $109 ticket.

This time I didn't want to make any mistakes. I switched from mobile to laptop, I was 100% focused and it really paid off as I finally took home a $1,050 ticket and my stack of 360,000 chips was moved into the final $1,050 buy-in Sunday satellite, where the average starting stack was 500,000 with blinds at 1500/3000.  I had more than enough chips to play the way I wanted, especially since the blind levels were long. During the first level, I was on a heater and got AK 3 times, QQ and many other strong starting hands.

My stack was nearly 600k already in the first level and I was more than happy, but after that I started losing and my stack was slowly narrowed down to around 200k. I felt sick, I couldn't believe it, but I had not stopped believing in myself. I told myself, " I cannot make single mistake from now on."

I was playing my best poker, doubled up a couple of times and soon I was among the chip leaders (at one point I was the chip leader) with nearly 6 million in chips. There were about 20 players remaining and 14 prizes up for grabs: $10,000 packages to the top 13 finishing players and $3,600 in cash to the 14th place finisher.

Dzmitry Urbanovich, a poker legend and partypoker team pro member, was seated at my table. I have watched him play many big tournaments and I knew he was one of the best poker players out there, including in this tournament, but I tried not to think about it and strictly play GTO [game-theory optimal] poker.

In the first 3 pots I clashed with Urbanovich, I took advantage of the fact that he was among the short stacks and won all of them by putting pressure on him with my much larger stack. However, with only 17 players left, Urbanovich started going all-in every single time against me.

I was praying to God that he would be eliminated, because my stack was getting smaller and smaller because of him. Thankfully, he was eventually knocked out in 17th place.

With only 15 players left, it took more than 2 hours of bubble play until a player was eliminated. Somehow, I managed to hang in there and win 1 of the 13 packages!

How did it feel taking home a package worth $10k!? Have you come close to winning something similar in the past?

It was an incredible feeling. The tournament finished around 5:00 in the morning local time and I couldn't sleep, my emotions were going crazy, it was such an amazing feeling.

Two of my dreams came true that day: travel to the Caribbean and play in a major poker tournament!
I have never won a similar package in my life. I have won a few $215 tournament tickets through satellites and had some $1,000 cashes, but never won anything that big!

We know that you can play online poker well, but how is it with the live poker skills that you will need for the upcoming tournament? How do you prepare for it?

That is a small problem for me. I have participated in poker home games but never played a proper live tournament. I'm not too worried, though, I will just go there and do my best!

I have watched many videos about hiding and recognizing different tells in live poker. I won't put too much effort into looking for other players' tells, but instead I will try to hide my own tells and stick to GTO play as much as I can.

What are your expectations for the big tournament?

Well, at least to cash in the tournament, but if that doesn't happen, at least I would have had a nice holiday in the Caribbean for free and been able to play against some of the best poker players in world.

What is the first thing you will do if you end up taking home one of the top prizes from the $5 Million Guaranteed prize pool?

I would definitely go to the nearby country Jamaica and relax for a month or so, then probably buy a car (nothing too expensive) and invest some money in a business. Also, of course, I would buy plenty of gifts for my friends and family.

We are looking forward to getting another interview with you when you are back from the Dominican Republic. Good luck!

Thanks a lot and it was pleasure.

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 STACIONAR16/10/2017 12:57:57 GMT
I congratulate StheP1973 and the member of our club with such big progress. In a word - the good fellow. There is a main thing that he could pass such long stage of qualification and deserve the prize. It is already huge title. I wish to continue in the same spirit and to be the best among the best.
 crankmuppet16/10/2017 14:19:35 GMT
Good story, good luck in the Dominican and congrats on being the first ever patched member of BankrollMob!

 magatt96616/10/2017 15:16:12 GMT
Wooooooot WoooooooooooooooT
Awesome man, am really admired of what you achieved and also your mindset rocks!!!

Enjoy the trip and the tournament and may the poker gods be with you!!!!
 Ingrind3316/10/2017 15:28:34 GMT
Congratulations to our fellow member StheP1973, this must be a very cool and exciting adventure for you. To travel so far and overseas is always a special thing and I hope you are going to enjoy ever single moment of it. The long flight will suck, but hey, that torture will be all good, ones you are in that hotel. I hope you will be playing with a sharp attention as long, as you relax! So don't drink tooo much alcohol, but you know that for yourself ofcourse, good luck and I hope you will succeed and give some happy news at the end that your family and friends will like. Enjoy and watch out for thief people, for the local thiefs and gamble scammers. ANYWAY: Final table, here you come! Thumbs Up
 Tony_MON7ANA16/10/2017 20:59:05 GMT
Weeeeeee! Congratulations, Nicola!
I love that t-shirt!
It is indeed a dream come true for all of us. Good luck in the tournament!

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
— Bernard M. Baruch
 hazeform17/10/2017 00:01:46 GMT
well done dude...a nice trip and good luck at the table
 Kaz230517/10/2017 04:03:46 GMT
Well done. Need to sharpen up my poker skills me thinks Smile
 doubletop77717/10/2017 07:55:54 GMT
This really is a fantastic story and it was very nice to put a face to the name. The anticipation must be very exciting about playing in this and a cash would be the icing on the cake
 sirkosun17/10/2017 08:10:47 GMT
So! This is really a good news. Hello. And I wish you success at this tournament. This is a good motivation for other players. I would like to have other poker rooms give players such a chance.
 pochui17/10/2017 08:26:34 GMT
wow dude really fantastic read, not everyday you get to read stories about a member of this forum. StheP- you are a real legend of this forum from now on, of course will be even bigger one if you win the tournament, good luck with that.
 CALICUL17/10/2017 08:49:28 GMT
It's a beautiful performance to play a freeroll and after few satellites to win $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party Festival package! we are more users who was up to date with this great performance when our friend in this site won this entry. I wish him all the luck to make a very good game and win a very good place. Thumbs Up
 StheP17/10/2017 09:20:45 GMT
Thank you guys, its wonderful to see you all support me and wishing me all good. I will keep you posted on carribien, and you will have live stream... not sure if it will be on twitch or youtube, but I will keep you posted all Blink
 damosk17/10/2017 11:11:20 GMT
StheP ..... HUGE CONGRATULATIONS for your perseverence and success in this achievement. It's not often that someone wins a big prize like this from nothing. Make sure you enjoy the WHOLE experience and have a great time mixing with the great, the good and the less so. Looking forward to seeing and hearing how you get on. Best wishes.
 pelinimed17/10/2017 16:07:58 GMT
To Nido Thumbs Up
 Gerimantas17/10/2017 19:01:50 GMT
Yes very good situation to see a serious forum member ti have such good results and to have interview for us all to read. I like to read about people eho we know, who start small and play from freerolls ir small buuin tournaments. I wish best result for sthep in this nig tournament
 mocoteo17/10/2017 21:32:26 GMT
Nice win, nice post. GG.
 Davydave17/10/2017 23:45:32 GMT
Best of luck!
 RoninHarper18/10/2017 11:51:10 GMT
G'day mate

Congratulations! I truly wish you the very best of luck.
Really want to see you do well.
Enjoy the experience.
Remember to check out the beach too Blink
 sammybeyo19/10/2017 12:58:04 GMT
Very inspirational and good story wish you all the luck in the world my friend this type of success story couldn't have happened to a nicer guy hope you do well in the Carribean and win big keep us posted and make your dreams come true all the best my friend Smile
 jomull5719/10/2017 13:34:12 GMT
this is amazing for StheP1973. To get so far the first time and then bust out on the last table must have hurt the n winning a other ticket you must have thought i cant do it again the n you won the package. if you pay that well in the Caribbean Poker Party Festival you will do very well. i wish you all the luck in the world and well done again you must be very proud of your self .
 xxxpokerxxx119/10/2017 16:47:19 GMT
congrats,on winning you r package,I know you will do well,play well.....and take it down,or make some real serious cash,we are all behind you mangz!
 fpuds16/11/2017 23:25:37 GMT
That's a really nice story! Congrats are in order!
 StheP17/11/2017 11:49:53 GMT
thanks Big Smile
 Tony_MON7ANA17/11/2017 17:15:21 GMT
Time has come!
StheP, have a safe trip and enjoy your stay in paradise. Good luck in the tournament.

"We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."
— B.B. King
 pajalnick17/11/2017 18:20:07 GMT
a wonderful interview and a very interesting story !!! .... I missed this post because for a while I did not have the opportunity to go to the BRM .... well that I saw the comment and was able to read .... good luck in the live tournament and I wish you get into prizes as high as possible

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