Joris Ruijs is a Dutch professional poker player who specialises in tournament poker. Predominately an online poker grinder, one with almost $10 million in online poker earnings, Riojs is both feared and respected in equal measure.
Ruijs is known as "BillLewinsky" or "KONY2012" in online poker circles, the former being his PokerStars alias. Ruijs is approaching $6 million in PokerStars winnings, an impressive haul helped by capturing a $530 NLHE Sunday Million SE title at the 2019 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) for a career-best $217,140, and a World Championship Of Online poker (WCOOP) title in 2019 for $70,158.
Away from the virtual felt and into a live setting, Ruijs has some superb results. To date, Ruijs has more than $2.5 million in live tournament earnings, with a career-best score worth €488,819 ($571,043.
Ruijs enjoyed a few in-the-money finishes from 2010, but it was 2016 when things started to click. He banked more than $230,000 in 2016, another $350,000 in 2017, but 2018 was a year for Ruijs to remember. Ruijs won a €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em event at EPT Barcelona for €260,050 and two days later finished third in the €10,300 EPT Barcelona High Roller for €488,819. Throw into the mix a handful of other results, and Ruijs won more than $1 million in 2018.
Like the rest of the poker world, there was a lack of results throughout 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19-related lockdowns, but 2022 saw Ruijs hit the live felt with renewed vigour, helping himself to almost $500,000 in winnings, partly thanks to winning a $3,300 buy-in event at the Merit Poker Retro Series in North Cyprus for $294,510.