Parker Talbot is best known in the poker world for his exploits online with more than $3.4 million in online tournament cashes. His popularity soared with his popular Twitch stream under the handle “tonkaaaaP” which propelled him to become an 888poker Ambassador in January 2017.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Talbot became interested in poker at a young age of 13 after watching the World Poker Tour on television with his parents. He played against his dad for many years before he first played in a casino on his 18th birthday.
Talbot immediately lost the $100 he had before his father gave him another $100 as a present. From there, he never looked back.
The origins of his popular “tonkaaaa” and “tonkaaaaP” online screennames came about thanks to his hockey coach calling him a Tonka truck and the nickname sticking.
All six of Talbot’s online tournament cashes of at least $50,000 were under the screenname “tonkaaaa” at PokerStars.
In February 2012, Talbot took second place in the $215 Sunday Million for over $88,000. He followed this up a few months later with a runner-up performance in the $1,050 Super Tuesday for almost $51,000.
In September 2014, Talbot won the Super Tuesday for almost $101,000. A year later in September 2015, he snagged second place in the $530 Sunday 500 for almost $56,000.
Two more huge online scores came his way the following year. In March 2016, he took second place in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill for more than $55,000 plus bounties. Then in May 2016, he secured his biggest cash to date with a runner-up performance in the SCOOP $215 Sunday Warm-up for over $109,000.
Talbot’s claim to fame comes more from his very popular “tonkaaaaP” twitch stream that attracts thousands of viewers per show.
Talbot has recorded nearly $400,000 in live tournament cashes as of 2018 despite never finding the winner’s circle. In August 2016, Talbot nailed down his biggest tournament cash with a seventh-place finish in the EPT Barcelona €25,500 No Limit Hold’em - Single Re-Entry 8 Handed event for €160,080 ($180,909).