You might not be familiar with the name Lim Yo Hwan, but you may recognize him by the pseudonym “SlayerS_’BoxerR’”, or just “BoxeR” as he is more commonly known. That’s because he is widely considered one of the most successful StarCraft players in history..and if he has his way, he will obtain a similar status in the poker world.
The 33-year-old is an e-Sports superstar in his home country of South Korea and throughout Asia, an area of the world that has embraced video games but not so much the game of poker. In 2012, “BoxeR” stepped away from the world of StarCraft due to health concerns (believe it or not gaming as much as he did puts a great deal or wear and tear on the body – especially the arms, shoulders, and spine), and now he hopes to follow in the footsteps ofBertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and transition into poker.
For more on “BoxeR’s” StarCraft accomplishments, which are numerous,check out his Wikipedia page.
On Dec. 6, 2013, “BoxeR” signed a deal to represent Fulpot Poker, and earlier this year he made his first venture into the world of poker at the Macau Poker Cup. Amazingly, he finished in eighth place in the first live tournament he ever played – the HK$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Turbo for HK$9,200. In a week, “BoxeR” will be at the APT Cebu for his second-ever tournament.
PokerNews recently had the opportunity to speak with “BoxeR” to talk a bit about his transition into the poker world.
PokerNews: What inspired you to leave the world of StarCraft behind and become a professional poker player?
Boxer: I believe that passion is what makes someone become the best in the field that he or she may work in. Even though I was actively competing as a professional gamer for 13 years, I still felt that I still had the passion to give for the game, and I still had the drive to compete.
Right after I stepped down as a competitor, an opportunity presented itself to coach for a game team for a year. After coaching for a year, I reflected back on the coaching position and for some reason, it didn’t trigger the same passion that I once had as a player, no matter how hard I tried, I ultimately resigned because to me no passion meant no success.
After resignation, I felt the need to take some time off to recuperate my body. While rejuvenating through exercising and resting I was thinking “what should I do next” and that is when I met CEO of Fulpotpoker Kyle Son through a friend. I have always enjoyed poker and I knew “Elky” became a world-class poker player, so it always kept my constant interest.
During a meeting with Kyle, he told me that Texas hold’em is a mind sport that is enjoyed by people around the world, and he specifically measured out the future plans for me. And since I have enjoyed poker so much, there was no reason for me to turn down the offer.