Poker Player
Phil Hellmuth Jr. Phillip J. Hellmuth, Jr. comes from Madison, Wisconsin, born there in 1964. He holds the record for the most number of WSOP event wins at 11 – all of them in Texas Hold’em. He has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. His first Main Event win...
Doyle Brunson Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson is one of poker’s most prominent and long-standing ambassadors. In 1976 and 1977 he was the WSOP champion and since then has won eight more times. Doyle’s last bracelet came in 2005, almost 30 years after the first one....
Johnny Chan Johnny Chan is a native of southern China and entered the U.S. in 1968 to live. His family eventually settled in Houston where they operated restaurants and he went to University. Before finishing college he understood that his future lay in playing...
Johnny Moss Johnny Moss (1907 –1995) was the professional poker player who started much of the tradition that now resides in Las Vegas. He was the winner of the first World Series of Poker in 1970, which was decided by a vote of colleagues. He won again in...
Erik Seidel Erik Seidel has won eight WSOP bracelets, starting in 1992 with Limit Hold’em, but also including Omaha and Lowball events. He may also be well known for the event he almost won, a final pot at the WSOP Championships in 1988, which he lost against...
Billy Baxter With over 10 career titles and $2 million under his belt, William E. Baxter Junior (better known as Billy Baxter) is an unforgettable entity on the World Poker Tour circuit. Born in 1940 in the small town of Augusta, Georgia, Baxter was a local...
Men “the Master” Nguyen Men "The Master" Nguyễn was born in 1954 in Vietnam, where he drove a bus at age 13 to help support his family. At age 24 he escaped Vietnam by boat to Malasia and received political asylum in the United States. At age 30 he played poker for the...
Layne Flack Layne Flack was born in 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota and raised in Montana. He started playing poker when he landed a job in a casino, and then switched careers to full-time professional gambler. Johnny Chan and Huck Seed are recognized as...
T.J. Cloutier Thomas James Cloutier is a Poker Hall of Fame inductee (2006). He has been playing poker for over 50 years. Born in 1939 in California, TJ went to college at UC Berkeley and actually played in the 1959 Rose Bowl. He was drafted shortly thereafter...
Allen Cunningham Allen Cunningham was WSOP’s Player of the Year in 2005 because he won the No Limit Hold’em event and stayed alive until the final tables in three other events in the series. He is known for being cool headed and analytical about the game, avoiding...
Berry Johnston Rarely does Oklahoma produce poker players of world championship caliber, but when it does, you can pretty much guarantee they all look to Berry Johnston for inspiration. Born in 1935, Johnston showed little interest in the game until age 35, when...
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Chris "Jesus" Ferguson is well-known for his long hair, beard, sunglasses and hat. He is also regarded as one of the nicest guys in tournament poker. He won the 2000 WSOP Main Event, No Limit Hold’em. He has taken four other titles, one in Stud in...
Gary "Bones" Berland Defined as one of poker's inimitable legends, the memory of Gary “Bones” Berland is as fresh in the minds of his contemporaries now, as it was during the course of his short, yet eventful career. A stalwart of the 70's and 80's, Gary Berland is...
Huck Seed An avid props bettor with a penchant for high-stakes risk, Huck Seed famously turned down a promising career in basketball for life on the felt. Raised in Montana, California, Huck demonstrated early championship potential for the sport, along with...
Jeff Lisandro Better known as the “Iceman” of World Series Poker, Jeff Lisandro made his first final table debut in 1997, pitched against the esteemed Phil Helmuth Junior and Tom McEvoy in the $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event. Lisandro eventually lost out to...
John Juanda John Juanda is a professional poker player. Born to Chinese parents in Indonesia in 1971, John came to the United States for college (Oklahoma State) in 1990. He earned an MBA from Seattle University. By 2000 John was a seasoned poker player, and in...
Scotty Nguyen Thuan "Scotty" Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1962. He was a protegé of Men “The Master” Nguyen (no relation). Since the late 1990’s he has been very active in professional tournaments. In five years between 2000 and 2004 he won prize money in over...
Stu Ungar Stuart “The Comeback Kid” Ungar 'came to the felt' earlier than many other poker players of his generation, exposed to gambling on the Lower East Side from the moment he could walk. He is considered one of the most arrogant poker players in living...
Ted Forrest Ted Forrest hails from Syracuse, New York, where he was born in 1964. He now makes his home in Las Vegas. In 1993, Ted amazed the poker world by winning three WSOP bracelets in the same year (Omaha 8, Razz and Seven Card Stud). He then took a few...
"Amarillo Slim” Preston Thomas Austin Amarillo Slim Preston was poker’s most renowned professional in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a fast-talking, poker-promoting gambler from Texas. He won the WSOP in 1972 and made many TV appearances on Johnny Carson and news programs. He...
Bobby Baldwin An infrequent, yet impressive poker player, Bobby Baldwin owes much of his present day prestige to his 70's career. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Baldwin's talent wasn't realized until 1970. Whilst a scholar of the Oklahoma State University, he...
Daniel Negreanu Daniel Negreanu was born in Canada in 1974, the son of immigrants from Romania. He dropped out of high school to play poker professionally, and even made a trip to Las Vegas to play in the big time. But it was a false start, and he had to return to...
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Tom McEvoy Tom McEvoy has twelve books on poker strategy to his credit, either authored alone (on tournaments) or co-authored (with TJ Cloutier on Hold’em or with Max Stern & Linda Johnson on Stud). These books should be required reading for any player...
Chip Reese David "Chip" Reese was a native of Dayton, Ohio, born in 1951. He died in December of 2007. Chip was best known as a “cash game poker player,” that is, one who did not make a high profile by winning big-name tournaments. He graduated from Dartmouth...