On the upside of Cinderella stories, 29-year-old Italian player "RuiDeck” managed to take an $11 account balance at PokerStars and run it all the way to a third-place finish in PokerStars MicroMillions Main Event that paid him $59,480.98.
What's not to love about a story that starts with $11 and ends up with a massive bankroll balance?
"I had only $11 on my account at PokerStars," he told Italy's ItaliaPokerClub, and went on to say that he managed to win a ticket to the $22 buy-in MicroMillions Main Event through a 10 FPP buy-in satellite.
The story becomes a bit dark for “RuiDeck” and Cinderella's glass slipper appears to have slipped off into the ether, perhaps never to be seen again.
“RuiDeck”'s bank will not let him cash out his winnings.
“RuiDeck” fought his way through the Main Event that had 20,000 entries and scored the biggest result, to date, of his poker career.
"It has been an incredible joy," “RuiDeck” said. He was disappointed that he didn't bring home the title but nonetheless, overall, he was happy with his result.
Previously "RuiDeck" worked as a restaurant waiter and is based in Dresden, Germany. But when he won the massive parlay, he made some life-changing decisions.
"As soon as I won, I booked a flight to go home to Sicily to celebrate with my friends," he said. "Then, in the following days, I also resigned from my job to start a new adventure as a poker player."
So far it sounds like a Cinderella story but here is where it went bad, he hasn't been able to cash out what he won in the MicroMillions. By the time the European money laundering laws and German legislation on gambling were finished, they pushed his bank to hold his money hostage, he can't access it.
"Initially, I have been told that my withdrawal would take approximately one week, as the policies against money laundering impose strict control on withdrawals of a sum bigger than €10,000," he told ItaliaPokerClub. "Then, my bank told me that my request could not be processed because poker is illegal in Saxony, the federal State where I reside."
"RuiDeck" contacted PokerStars and they replied through email that they would confirm "the full legitimacy of his winnings." PokerStars then sent "RuiDeck" a letter of explanation to present to his bank to prove that his windfall was not a money-laundering issue.
"I have a regular account and, as a customer, I feel cheated," he said. "I don't understand if my bank, PokerStars, or Saxony's legislation are responsible for what has happened to me, but right now I can't cash the money I have regularly won and I don't even have a job anymore."
"RuiDeck" says the position he is now in is "absurd" and he is considering legal action to resolve the situation.
This Cinderella story gone awry could have a good ending, but only time will tell. In the meantime, the soot coming down the chimney may leave a grey atmosphere surrounding the whole memory of what could have been filled with sunshine and the making of new dreams. Good luck "RuiDeck!"