While Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew was studying Managerial Economics at UC Davis, he was also making a name for himself on the videogame scene. His title of choice was ‘Marvel vs Capcom 2’ and he played on the national circuit throughout his time at UC Davis in California. It was there that he encountered players who were making the switch from video games to online poker. Randy opened a PokerStars account, choosing his now well-known screen name nanonoko, and found that his decision making skills and quick-fire reactions, honed playing fighting games, were well suited to high-volume multi-tabling. Randy began routinely playing an incredible volume of hands and soon made a name for himself as one of online poker’s most elite cash game players.
In November of 2009, Randy made headlines when he surpassed the $1 million mark in cash game earnings – a milestone rarely achieved by a grinder who typically plays no bigger than $5/$10 games. Randy hasn’t slowed down since and has accumulated countless winnings by regularly grinding the mid stakes games on PokerStars. He’s made Supernova Elite in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, by 24-tabling 6-Max No Limit Hold’em cash games, and hopes to take that mountain of experience to the tournament tables in the future. He can also be found playing high stakes heads-up games, which is considered by some to be the ultimate test of a poker player’s skills.
When he’s not playing poker he still plays fighting games at the highest level. Like most great pros, Randy is constantly working on his game and can be found frequenting the poker forums on a regular basis.
Watch I AM NANONOKO, a short film by Team PokerStars: Online about Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew, telling the story of how he became a Supernova Elite VIP and online poker’s multi-million dollar man.