Prahlad Friedman Is On a Serious Upswing

Published on October 6th, 2010 8:43 am EST

Prehlad Friedman - Reflective sunglasses and headphones - Shot taken at the WSOP 2010When it comes to high stakes online cash games, Prahlad Friedman has seemingly been around forever.

The shelf life of the typical high stakes online cash game player is typically not that long. There are many different reasons for this. Some players decide that poker is not for them and go and get a job doing something else. Some players decide to go back to school to finish their degrees. Some players go bust, never to be heard from again.

Throughout the years, Prahlad Friedman has continued to grind it out against some of the very best players in the world. Who can forget his classic battles on Ultimatebet against Taylor Caby back in the day? Prahlad has had upswings and downswings over the years, just like any other player that isn't named Phil Ivey, but he is still around and still competitive playing against some very tough competition. I mean, Friedman has been playing high stakes NLHE for well over 5 years now - not too many of the "big" players from 2005 are still active today, for whatever reason.

Friedman has had an eventful few years. He reportedly received the largest refund after the Ultimatebet "superuser" scandal came to light. He made a deep run in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event. He took down the 2009 Legends of Poker (WPT) for over $1 million.

Things have been going pretty well for Friedman over the past couple of years. Prahlad has continued that positive momentum in recent months by going on a pretty large upswing on Pokerstars.

Over the past couple of months, Prahlad, playing as "prefontaine", has made approximately $700,000 on Pokerstars. Friedman has been particularly good in the games that he has always been the most comfortable in, $25/$50 and $50/$100 No Limit Hold'em. "prefontaine" has done battle against the likes of "FiSHeYe1984" and "venced0r" over recent months, and has done extremely well for himself. While the majority of railbirds have had their eyes on names such as Tom Dwan and "Isildur1" on Full Tilt Poker, Prahlad "prefontaine" Friedman has been putting on a clinic on Pokerstars.

Prahlad was around when Chris Moneymaker started the "online poker boom" in 2003, and he is still around (and successful) today. That deserves some respect.




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