Ali Imsirovic: Profile of a Rising Poker Star
Even though Ali Imsirovic has only been playing poker professionally for a year and a half, he has, quite impressively, already built himself quite the resume.
Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic credits Upswing Poker’s Lab with his impressive and rather quick journey from micro stakes to high rollers. He says the Lab made him realize some his most costly mistakes—such as inefficient bluffing, having too large a range, and being disorganized. In fact, Imsirovic was the Upswing Lab‘s second ever member.
Now, he’s in the hunt for the Poker Masters purple jacket. Let’s look at some highlights from this phenom’s short career.
Success at the Borgata
Imsirovic’s success at the Borgata was impressive, indeed. The SPO offered two starting flights and ultimately took four days to complete. The $1 million guaranteed pool ended up eventually reaching a whopping $1.28 million.
By taking advantage of the late registration opportunity, Imsirovic bypassed the starting flight stage and entered the tournament at the start of Day 2 for 40,000 in chips at 500/1,000 blinds.
For such a young man—and fairly new high-stakes player—Ali Imsirovic was extremely composed and made great decisions throughout the tournament. When he began heads up with Farid Jattin—a well-known Colombian poker pro with live tournament earnings nearing $2.8 million—Imsirovic had a commanding chip lead of 17.66 million to Jattin’s 3.1 million. Despite Jattin putting up a fight—even doubling up and nearly evening the chipstacks—the two men arranged a deal, went all-in preflop, and Imsirovic’s rivered trip 5’s beat Jattin’s flopped pair of tens. Jattin received a very respectable $243,521 for his efforts while Imsirovic got the title.
Prior to the Borgata win, Imsirovic’s largest cash was in the January, 2018, $10,000 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure where he won just over $160,000.
Other sizable cashes came from the 17 November 2017 WSOP Circuit $1,675 NLH Main Event where Imsirovic took 4th and an impressive $83,959 and the 8 December 2017 $3,500 NLH 2x Stack CardPlayer Poker Tour December Extravaganza where he, again, placed 4th, this time winning slightly over $61,000. Earlier that year, Imsirovic also won the $360 NLH Six Max at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida, and nearly $12,000.
There is little doubt that Ali Imsirovic has quickly been making a name for himself. To date, his total live cash winnings are just shy of $700,000.
Ali Imsirovic Online
Ali Imsirovic is also an avid online player—playing under the name ali23imsirovic. According to PocketFives, Imsirovic is crushing online tournaments just as he is live ones. He has cashed an impressive 905 times—including 35 wins—for a hefty $821,699, and he currently ranks 84th in the world and first in the US.
Imsirovic’s largest online win came at the Winning Poker Network MDS $1,000,001 GTD on 5 March 2018 where his victory earned him $179,000. The day before, Imsirovic also won the Winning Poker Network $7,500 GTD and $1,912.50.
2018 Poker Masters
Ali is currently on a tear in the Poker Masters. He won the $25k event for $468k and is eyeing a 2nd win in the $50 as I write this.
We’ll be sure to update this section once he’s won the purple jacket.
In addition to playing, Imsirovic is a poker coach on Gripsed where he provides bankroll management and proper study habits instruction he says is steeped in a “strong theoretical understanding of the game along with proper adjustments on how to make strong exploitative in game plays.” He also has several YouTube videos such as this one where he shares his knowledge and prowess.
There is little doubt that Ali Imsirovic’s impressive Borgata championship is just the first step in what will be a very long and lucrative road for this young man.
Until next time.
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