Who is Spirit Rock?
Player: Spirit Rock
Real Name: Prahlad Friedman
Also Plays Under: Prahlad Friedman, aka "Spirit Rock", first made a name for himself under the "mahatma" handle on Ultimatebet.com.
Friedman also used to log a significant number of hours on Prima as "Zweig", and is rumored to play on Pokerstars as "poopers" (unconfirmed). Friedman used various aliases during his time on Ultimatebet, including "prefontaine" and "Aplusgame247".
Online Notes: While most high-stakes players eventually disappear and fade into oblivion, never to be heard from again, Prahlad "Spirit Rock" Friedman has proven to have a tremendous amount of staying power.
Friedman has been mixing it up in mid to high-stakes online cash games for years now. He can currently be found spending most of his time on Full Tilt Poker, usually in $25/$50 No Limit Hold'em games.
Friedman and Taylor "Green Plastic" Caby engaged in some epic heads-up battles on Ultimatebet in 2005, which just goes to show how long Friedman has been around for. Caby largely got the best of Friedman in their battles, which helped Caby to build his bankroll and gain prominence as a high-stakes online cash game pro.
According to PokerTableRatings.com, "Spirit Rock" is down approximately $60k on Full Tilt Poker since November of 2008.
Friedman is known for his aggressive style of play, as he constantly tries to put his opponents to the test.
Live Notes: Prahlad "Spirit Rock" Friedman currently has over $2.3 million dollars in lifetime "live" tournament cashes.
His largest career cash (so far) came at the 2009 Legends of Poker (WPT) main event, when he managed to take down the entire tournament for just over $1 million dollars.
Other large cashes include:
-20th place in 2006 WSOP main event for $494,797
-2nd place in 2005 WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Rincon for $363,165
-2nd place in 2002 Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic main event for $101,446
Friedman has one WSOP bracelet under his belt as well, as he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the 2003 World Series of Poker for $109,400.
Friedman is currently 183rd on the all-time tournament money list.
Other Notes and Info: According to multiple reports, Prahlad Friedman was reimbursed the most money of any other player in the Ultimatebet "superuser" scandal.
Friedman is currently married to fellow professional poker player Dee Luong.
"Spirit Rock" is also known for his humorous "hip-hop" videos - here is an example:
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