Chun Lei ‘SamRostan’ Zhou: An Online Enigma

January 3rd saw an impressive session from Chun Lei ‘SamRostan’ Zhou as he took on notorious players such as Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn, ‘spaise411’, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky, and Matt ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton at the $1K/$2K 8-Game tables. 

He won that day $123,665.

He gave a dominant display of skill in what was far from being the first high stakes game he had played against illustrious opposition. His recent results suggest that he perhaps now belongs in such esteemed company, but it hasn’t always been an easy ride for this online enigma.

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Chun Lei Zhou (Photo Kenneth Lim – PokerStars)

2016 success

Chun Lei ‘SamRostan’ Zhou is by no means an unknown player, having put in serious volume at the highest stakes online. He took 3rd in the rankings of biggest winner for 2016 with USD$748,018. One very interesting statistic which underlines his enthusiasm and work rate is that he played 166,228 hands last year.

This made him one of the most active players online at the highest stakes. He was one of the main reasons that the action flowed regularly last year, and proved himself by emerging as one of the big winners. To add an extra layer to his accomplishment – most of this money was won playing 8-Game which is a true all-round test for poker players. Deep understanding of all 8 games is required to excel in this format.

Painful Start

Chun Lei ‘SamRostan’ Zhou has been playing high stakes poker for several years, and his early attempts to make financial progress online were defined by damaging losses and knock-backs. The online community simply saw him as one of the losing regulars at the highest stakes and as someone who was out of their depth.

The ‘Panda’ as he is known, was always happy to engage in chat at the tables and often joked with players about his losses. He joked about jumping off the Macau tower after bad sessions and frequently made light of his dismal record. He would often play sessions lasting up to 16 hours, but his results were mostly numbers in the red.

More than $14M lost online

Chun Lei Zhou’s losses on PokerStars total $2.06M under the name ‘patpatman’ and he has also lost $2.61M as ‘patpatpanda’ on Full Tilt. His other Full Tilt account however, is where his most damaging losses were incurred. Playing under the name ‘Samrostan’ he is down almost $10M.

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Samrostan – Full Tilt Poker

Zhou currently plays under the name ‘Samrostan’ on PokerStars and is up $460K with that account. He has a long road ahead if he wishes to recover everything he has ever lost online, however.

There are many aspects of Zhou that remain enigmatic, and his recent turnaround seems remarkable given his previous losses, but one thing about him is clear:  his passion for the game and commitment to work on his game are absolute. He claims to have played 40 hour sessions and continued to play astonishing numbers of hands even through his biggest downswings.

When asked about his favourite poker variant, he replied “all of them”, “I like all games – Omaha, 8-Game, mixed games. I don’t want to just play no-limit Holdem”.

Article by Craig Bradshaw


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ManilaPoker Buddy multi accounts multi players
February 06 2017 at 01:40 pm

Somuchpoker Multi accounts yes but not multi players. He confirmed it to Pokernews in an interview "“Yes, ‘patpatpanda’ is me, ‘samrostan’ is me,”
February 06 2017 at 02:02 pm

ManilaPoker Buddy that remains to be proven by witness other wise study of play hands history can reliably detect different persons using an account
February 06 2017 at 04:16 pm

Somuchpoker Agree with you you are never 100% sure when it's about online poker. But the number of players able to play $1K/$2K 8-Game is limited. Chun Lei Zhou is one of them - he even finished 5th in WSOP 50k Poker Player Championship in 2014.
February 06 2017 at 04:38 pm

ManilaPoker Buddy exactly, so the more it is worth it for any mastermind to recruit and try out various better players to play such games online. it should be primary job of PS security to scrutinize all these few player accounts.
February 06 2017 at 04:46 pm

Winfred Yu Owed me and peter 6m
February 06 2017 at 05:15 pm

Bryan Huang Diwei Paid or disappeared
February 07 2017 at 01:00 am

Juddy Jud Jud Hahaha hes down 14 million.
February 06 2017 at 10:38 am

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