Balazs Botond

Rising Hungarian Superstar

Balazs Botond

Balazs BotondTurned pro six months after taking up poker.

Balazs Botond is one of the most successful Hungarian poker players in history and has been able to achieve this feat in just a mere three years. He story is the classic “regular guy does good story” and now as a member of Team Ivey, Botond is quickly rising to become one of the best Hungarian poker players off all-time.

Tournament Results

06-23-2012 $1,500 - WSOP - No Limit Hold'em7$83,802
03-26-2012 €5,000 - EPT Campione, Campione d'Italia - No Limit Hold'em4€208,256
10-26-2010 €5,000 - EPT Vienna Main Event - No Limit Hold'em13€36,278
10-16-2009 €4,500 - WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em 8€50,995

Balazs Botond's Biography

Balazs Botond has only been playing the game since 2009, but in that short time has been able to rack up some impressive feats. Botond graduated with a technology degree and prior to turning pro, he was working in a department store. Six months after taking up the game of poker, he left his job and started playing professionally. Since then he has flourished in the online poker world with scores of over $1.3 Million.

He made his first two live cashes at the 2009 World Series of Poker, including a money finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event. A couple of months later, he just missed the final table at the WPT Marrakech where he finished 8th and took home over $50k. Botond would come back in 2010 and cash again in the WSOP Main Event.

Botond best year so far was 2012. He cashed twice in European Poker Tour events and made his first EPT final table at the EPT Campione. His 4th place finish in the event netted him $208,256, the biggest live payday of his career. Three months later, he would make the final table of the a $1,500 NL Event at the 2012 WSOP. His 7th place finish earned him another $83,802.

Botond has $525,632 in live earnings to go with his $1.3 Million earned online. His live earnings put him 12th all-time on the Hungarian money list and 16th on the all-time cashes list for Hungary. Just starting his poker career, we expect him to be at the top of both lists before long.