One of the more ambitious goals that PokerStars players share is attaining Supernova Elite status, the highest rank in the VIP ladder. There are plenty of advantages that result from sitting at the top of the food chain, but it goes without saying that making it that far is no easy task. You need to spend a lot of time playing on serious cash to move up the ladder and only the most ambitious, skilled and resourceful players succeed.
Matthias De Meulder is such a player and while his abilities would recommend him for a Supernova Elite position, the poker professional is yet to make this step. In his most recent article, he confesses that over time he considered such a move, but somehow he never found the motivation to actually pursue his goal. Better rake back deals, access to exclusive competitions and the very fact that you can win more money in a shorter period of time are all incontestable advantages.
While Matthias finds the prospect of winning more just as alluring as any other poker professional, his top priority is shortening his work weeks. Playing poker sounds like a great way to make a living, but the long hours spent grinding can wear people down. In order to attain Supernova Elite status, De Meulder would have to put in many hours and a lot of effort, something that would conflict with his new take on life in general and poker in particular.
His priority is to spend more time around those close to him and travel more often, with his recent one-week trip to Cape Verde providing the impetus to schedule more holidays. At first glance, it might seem like his plans of becoming a Supernova Elite player would conflict with his intention to spend less time grinding. In fact, the two are not mutually exclusive, because once you get that far, you are more likely to make the same money while spending less time playing.
The road to the top can be long and twisted, but a young and ambitious player such as Matthias De Meulder is the perfect candidate to succeed. By increasing productivity and extracting the most from the hours spent at the poker tables instead of playing more, he could pursue his new goals without hurting his profit margin. Matthias is yet to decide about whether to make a push for Supernova Elite, but such a challenge would be in complete accordance with his newfound wisdom and changing priorities.