Byron Kaverman’s poker backstory is more stilted, a bit more stereotypical. Right around the time Moneymaker happened, Kaverman gained entry the pre-Moneymaker way: viaRounders. He was at a friend’s lake house in Michigan the summer before his senior year of high school, they watched the movie for the first time, and they got a game going. “I think I lost about three dollars in change that night,” Kaverman remembered. That was all it took to get hooked, and soon they were arranging home games and playing in study hall when they could get away with it. Online dabbling followed, and it picked up when Kaverman left for college.
With so many young poker talents out there, it can be difficult for anyone in particular to stand out from the crowd – but Byron Kaverman has proven himself to be an exception.
One of the ‘Rounders’ generation – brought to the game via the cult movie – the 29-year old from Fort Jennings, Ohio had initially planned on a soccer career – but online success, followed by his surprise big win at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011, changed things completely.
Byron didn’t have time to get quite as absorbed in online poker as some from his generation, however, because he was busy playing soccer for Tiffin University and working toward a psychology degree. He never did get that degree, though (at least not yet – he says he still intends to). Surprisingly, it wasn’t a case of poker yanking him away. “I never intended on playing poker after college,” he insists. He spent some time in Europe, found excuses to put off collecting the last few credits he needed to graduate, and then took a trip to the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011. Kaverman beat Jon Turner heads-up to win the $5K eight-handed event for $320,840, and when he racked up two more six-figure payouts that year, his career path was set.
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His ‘nowhere to hero’ run landed him $320,840 and propelled him into pro status and a new life of travel and poker tournaments, and over the next few years Kaverman would find himself living out of a suitcase and loving it.
Highly-respectable showings and cashes around the world over the following 2 years evidently proved a good testing ground for Kaverman, and in the spring of 2014 he started a remarkable run with his
runners-up spot in the WPT $15k re-entry at the Borgata Winter Open securing him $ 727,860, followed a week or so later by a 5th place finish in the EPT Grand Final $25K High-Roller, good for $467,406.
If 2014 was a good year, then 2015 has been a phenomenal one for the young American – by now re-located to the California coast. An amazing run from January to March on the US ‘High-Roller circuit’ brought him 2 wins and 2nd place, almost $1milllion in earnings and a huge jump in the GPI (Global Poker Index) rankings.
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Overall, the player has collected a total of $6,757,855 since the beginning of his poker career. He has cashed in 77 different events and his first in-the-money finish was during the 2008 WSOP. Kaverman captured his best live cash of $727,860 in 2014, when he finished runner-up to Keven Stammen in the $15,400 WPT World Championship. Apart from his success at the tables of WSOP, EPT, and Aria tournaments, the player also won a PCA event back in 2011.
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