Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Sixes

[SS] “The Sixes are the Michiganders, who were either born or raised in Michigan”, Stan the Stat continued. “Here are the Sixes:1

David Baker – Michiganders

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David Baker

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David Baker – Michiganders
Born: 1986/10/17 (Charlotte, NC)
WSOP Main Event: 252 (2008)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 31
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,802,877
Quote: “It’s awesome. I love the World Series. You get to come and chill with 300 of your best friends.” — David Baker (referring to his online poker buddies in a June 25, 2010 interview with Andrew Feldman for ESPN).
  • Won the 2009 SCOOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $215,000 and has nearly $5 million in online earnings.
  • Known as “Bakes” to avoid confusion with David “ODB” Baker, the “Original David Baker”, another excellent pro.

Joe Cada – Michiganders

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Joe Cada

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Joe Cada – Michiganders
Born: 1987/11/18 (Shelby Charter, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 15
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,403,598
Quote: “It still has not hit me yet. I don’t know what to think… I have really put a lot into this. I have been playing poker for some time, and to come here and win it in my very first year — I feel very fortunate.” — Joe Cada (2009).
  • Became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event (21 years, 11 months, and 22 days), beating Peter Eastgate’s year-old record by almost a year.

Ryan Riess – Michiganders

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Ryan Riess

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Ryan Riess – Michiganders
Born: 1990/04/19 (Pontiac, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2013)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 9
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $9,190,619
Quote: “I just think that I’m the best player in the world.” — Ryan Riess (in an interview with Kara Scott moments after winning the Main Event on November 5, 2013).
  • Invested most of his Main Event winnings in stocks, including Apple, Disney, Facebook, and Union Pacific.

Tom McEvoy – Michiganders

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Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy – Michiganders
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 42
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,991,672
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” — Tom McEvoy.
  • Was the first satellite winner to win the Main Event.
  • Helped organize the first smoke-free tournament in 1998 and eventually persuaded almost all tournament directors to ban smoking.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Michiganders include Russ Hamilton, et al.

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    Stats current as of May 6, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[SS] “The Fives are the Middle Easterners, poker players born in the Middle East”, Stan the Stat said. “Here are the Fives:1

Antonio Esfandiari – M.E.

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Antonio Esfandiari

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Antonio Esfandiari – M.E.
Born: 1978/12/08 (Tehran, Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 24th (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 38
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $26,722,352
Quote: “At the table, don’t let your opponents know anything. Always spread maximum disinformation.” — Antonio Esfandiari.
  • Became the youngest $1 million dollar winner when he won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic in 2004.
  • Won the Big One for One Drop in 2012 for $18,346,673 to move to the top of the Career Earnings list.

Hamid Dastmalchi – M.E.

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Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi – M.E.
Born: 1952 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,826,357
Quote: “They say it’s [his Main Event bracelet] worth $5,000, but I’d take $1,500 for it.” — Hamid Dastmalchi (moments before he sold it to Ted Forrest for three $500 poker chips around 2002).
  • Had immigrated to the U.S. to be a real estate developer before discovering Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Reached the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1995, finishing fourth.

Joe Hachem – Middle Easterners

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Joe Hachem

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Joe Hachem – Middle Easterners
Born: 1966/03/11 (Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $12,153,803
Quote: “Nothing in sport is more transformational. It’s like American Idol #133.” — Joe Hachem (when asked about the 2005 WSOP Main Event).
  • Moved to Australia at age six.
  • Finished 10th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event for $25,850 and his first WSOP cash just three days before the 2005 Main Event began.

Sam Farha – Middle Easterners

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Sam Farha

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Sam Farha – Middle Easterners
Born: 1959 (Beirut, Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,884,300
Quote: “Just play every hand; you can’t miss them all.” — Sam Farha (May 10, 2014 tweet).

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Middle Easterners include Freddy Deeb, et al.

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    Stats current as of April 8, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[SS] “The Fours are the Backgammon Players, poker players who are very strong at the dice game”, Stan the Stat remarked. “Here are the Fours:1

Dan Harrington – Backgammon

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Dan Harrington

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Dan Harrington – Backgammon
Born: 1945/12/06 (Cambridge, MA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 13
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,618,963
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “[My favorite starting hand is] Aces. And people ask me what my second favorite hand is, I say kings. All these people who love 7-2 or whatever, they’re morons.” — Dan Harrington (July 2009 All In magazine interview).
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1987 (6th), 2003 (3rd), and 2004 (4th).
  • Authored the seminal Harrington on Hold ’em series with Bill Robertie.
  • Won the 1972 Massachusetts Chess Championship.

Gus Hansen – Backgammon

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Gus Hansen

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Gus Hansen – Backgammon
Born: 1974/02/13 (Denmark)
WSOP Main Event: 61st (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 9
WPT Titles: 3
Live Earnings: $10,258,052
Quote: “Learn to understand and read yourself before you try to understand and read anyone else, that’s the first mistake poker players make… and players in the game of life as well.” — Gus Hansen
  • The Great Dane, born as Gustav Jacobsen, won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event for $1,192,919.
  • Met Huck Seed playing backgammon at a club and was introduced to poker by the American.

Huck Seed – Backgammon

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Huck Seed

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Huck Seed – Backgammon
Born: 1969/01/15 (Santa Clara, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $7,647,267
Quote: “I think playing all the games makes it fun and different, it just kind of keeps it fresh. There are so many different forms of poker, it’s great that the World Series has every different event.” — Huck Seed (May 29, 2009 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Has a sister named Caraway and brothers Cotton and Leif.
  • Was attending CalTech when he discovered poker and dropped out.
  • Won the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship for $500,000.

Stu Ungar – Backgammon

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Stu Ungar

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Stu Ungar – Backgammon
Born: 1953/09/08 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1980, 1981, 1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,675,321
Poker
Hall of Fame
2001
Quote: “It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside.” — Stu Ungar.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Backgammon Players include Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Phil Laak, Tom McEvoy, et al.

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    Stats current as of August 13, 2015.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Treys

[SS] “The Treys are the Texans, poker players who were born or raised in Texas”, Stan the Stat stated. “Here are the Treys:1

Bill Smith – Texans

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Bill Smith

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Bill Smith – Texans
Born: 1934 (Texas)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1985)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,055,488
Quote: “[Smith] was the tightest player you’d ever played in your life when he was sober. And when he was halfway drunk, he was the best player I’d ever played.” — T.J. Cloutier (1999 interview as recounted in Championship Table).
  • Finished in fifth place in both the 1981 and 1986 Main Events for his only two other WSOP cashes.

David Williams – Texans

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David Williams

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David Williams – Texans
Born: 1980/06/09 (Arlington, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (2004)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $8,656,512
Quote: “Even though I don’t hide it, and a lot of people already know, I am a big nerd. I really like math and science, and play a lot of games. I guess you could say I have this ‘cool’ guy image, but I deep inside, I’m a geek.” — David Williams.
  • Was a successful Magic the Gathering player before he took up poker.
  • Won the 2010 $25,000 WPT World Championship for $1,530,537.

Jack Straus – Texans

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Jack Straus

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Jack Straus – Texans
Born: 1930/06/16 (Travis, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1982)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $830,269
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” — Jack Straus (1973 Texas Monthly interview).
  • Nicknamed “Treetop” for his great height (6’7″) and bushy hair.
  • Became the source of the phrase “a chip and a chair”, when he came back from a single chip to win the 1982 WSOP Main Event.

Sailor Roberts – Texans

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Sailor Roberts

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Sailor Roberts – Texans
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “Sailor really had a heart of gold and was a genuinely colorful character — kind, caring, and generous to a fault.” — Doyle Brunson.
  • Born as Bryan but earned his nickname from his four years in the Navy.
  • Won the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event the year before his Main Event bracelet.
  • Grew up in San Angelo, Texas.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Texans include Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, et al.

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    Stats current as of December 21, 2015.

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