High stakes poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger rolls out LuckyChewyPoker Beta with play money online poker games in select jurisdictions. Real money action coming soon.
Longtime professional poker player Andrew Lichtenberger has launched an all-new online poker site LuckyChewyPoker.com which is now offering play money action in specific regions of the world “where online gaming is legal,” according to promotional assets published on the official site.
Over the weekend Lichtenberger, who has been an active live and online player since 2007, posted a 7-part Twitter message to get the word out about the new option for Internet poker players.
“Greetings everyone, I am pleased to announce that LuckyChewyPoker.com is live with play money gaming for you to enjoy at this point,” Lichtenberger opened. “In time, our team will continually be updating artwork, user interface and various system functionalities as we move forward. If anyone has any ideas or input they would like to share please do not hesitate to do so. Our vision is simple – a poker site by the players for the players with low rake and great rewards. We have been sharing our platform with the international gaming community and intend to create as large a player pool as international law’s allow for.”
“We will have more updates and exciting news to share with regards to real money licensing and legislation in the times to come as well. We are excited to continue to promote and share the game we all love. Thanks for your interest and participation, for without you this would never have come to manifestation. Good day all! <3“
(1) Greetings everyone, I am pleased to announce that https://t.co/1QseAK7GeR is live with play money gaming for you to enjoy at this point
— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
TwoPlusTwo NVG Reacts
It’s been less than 24 hours since Lichtenberger’s new poker site was brought to the attention of TwoPlusTwo forum members, but the News, Views & Gossip thread has already received a generous amount of feedback.
“Best of luck to chewy. he seems to be going about this much better than Galfond… i.e. get something out there, get feedback, build player base… vs putting out a Poker Site Manifesto then go radio silent for 9 months,” posted legalized online poker proponent PTLou.
Old Forum Hand CoreySteel is the frontrunner so far on Photoshop entries with a JFC-lookalike motion capture that references RunItOnce Poker‘s Phil Galfond.
The above image pays homage to an inspirational manifesto and Q1-2017 launch announcement of Galfond’s own poker site which was widely distributed this past September.
Author’s Edit (Dec 12, 2:00pm ET): As we continue to find out more about high profile pros going into the “poker operator” business, we have noticed a Twitter interaction between Lichtenberger and Galfond from late Saturday night which implies potential collaboration in the future (see below).
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) December 11, 2016
Several poker forum contributors have expressed hope that Lichtenberger’s entry into the Internet poker operator market will spark new competition among sites and will be an overall positive for players’ interests. However, others have already begun to crawl the LuckyChewyPoker software Beta and are reporting a number of bugs. On top of that, there are a couple of posts that express concerns related to Lichtenberger “dressing like a bum” and going for the “homeless douche in a hoodie” look for his soon-to-be real money online poker offering.
Andrew Lichtenberger Poker Bio
Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger has been a well known commodity in the high stakes poker community for nearly a decade. In 2007, he burst onto the online scene and eventually began grinding major live events as well. His marquee scores include a $1.77 million championship effort in the 2014 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic along with a WSOP bracelet and WSOP Circuit ring. He is in the current Top 100 worldwide in all-time live poker tournament cashes with roughly $8.5 million (Source: The Hendon Mob).
Online, he has been awarded over $3 million in tournament prizes, highlighted by a runner-up performance in the 2015 WCOOP High Roller for $484,500 under his ‘RunThisTable‘ PokerStars screen name (Source: PocketFives). The 29-year old poker pro from the United States is also active in the health-awareness community and openly shares his thoughts on eating right, taking care of one’s body, etc.
Table Talk Episode 4 Airs Wednesday
Upswing Poker’s own Doug Polk and OnePokerLife.com website owner Joey Ingram will return this Wednesday for an all-new episode of Table Talk with Polk & Papi. How will the duo react to LuckyChewyPoker and will the story generate nearly as much community interest as an upcoming heads-up contest featuring Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale?
Be sure to check out DougPolk.TV for Episode 4 this Wednesday starting at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Doug will also be live this Monday evening at 8:00pm Eastern Time for his Online Poker Bankroll Challenge (Current Bankroll: $1,006).
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David Huber (known as “dhubermex” online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).