Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Tens

[SS] “The Tens are the Californians”, Stan the Stat went on. “Here are the Tens:1

Allen Cunningham – Californians

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Allen Cunningham

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Allen Cunningham – Californians
Born: 1977/03/28 (Riverside, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 4th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 61
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,642,703
Quote: “I learned to play with my family at the kitchen table… Even at that point, I decided that there was a lot of skill involved in poker. When I was 13 and you asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I might have said, ‘Be a poker player.'” — Allen Cunningham (April 1, 2009 PokerPlayer interview).
  • Part of the “Original Crew” with John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Layne Flack, and Phil Ivey who met to talk poker.
  • Named 2005 WSOP Player of the Year as the first non-Main Event winner to earn $1,000,000 in one WSOP.

Chris Ferguson – Californians

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Chris Ferguson

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Chris Ferguson – Californians
Born: 1963/04/11 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 73
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,535,446
Quote: “Take a break from the game. Often, stepping away can give you a fresh perspective and heightened motivation to play well when you return.” — Chris Ferguson.
  • Won his first bracelet and reached two other final tables in the weeks before his 2000 WSOP Main Event championship.
  • Won the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $500,000.

Mike Matusow – Californians

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Mike Matusow

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Mike Matusow – Californians
Born: 1968/04/30 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 6th (2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 48
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $9,055,998
Quote: “Poker, poker, it’s all skill, put your money in bad and go uphill.” — Mike Matusow.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event 2005, finishing 9th.
  • Won the 2013 NBC Heads-Up Championship for $750,000.

T.J. Cloutier – Californians

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T.J. Cloutier

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T.J. Cloutier – Californians
Born: 1938/10/13 (Albany, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1985, 2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 64
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,299,401
Poker
Hall of Fame
2006
Quote: “You can’t let it get you down when somebody knocks you out of a tournament playing a hand they shouldn’t have played. Without these types of players, nobody would win any amount of money, so sometimes you just have to take your medicine.” — T.J. Cloutier.
  • Also final tabled the Main Event in 1988 (5th) and 1998 (3rd).
  • Played football for U.C. Berkeley in the 1949 Rose Bowl, and the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Californians include Barbara Enright, Erick Lindgren, Gary Berland, and Phil Ivey, et al.

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    Stats current as of August 29, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Nines

[SS] “The Nines are the New Yorkers”, Stan the Stat noted. “Here are the Nines:1

Erik Seidel – New Yorkers

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Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel – New Yorkers
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 99
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $29,392,159
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Think your way through all situations. When things have gone badly, sit there just as tough as you were when you came in. That can be very discouraging to other players.” — Erik Seidel.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in both 1988 (2nd) and 1999 (4th).
  • Recorded his first career live tournament cash in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

Gabe Kaplan – New Yorkers

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Gabe Kaplan

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Gabe Kaplan – New Yorkers
Born: 1945/03/31 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 13th (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,991,248
Quote: “I got a little lucky. I was, like, the first celebrity who played in any of these tournaments. I did very well at the time. I was not really pursuing acting much so people say ‘he’s a poker player now’… I never considered myself to be a professional player.” — Gabe Kaplan (2013 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin interview).
  • Finished sixth in the 1980 WSOP Main Event when only five places were paid.
  • Won Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker in 1980 for $190,000.
  • Hosted High Stakes Poker for its first six seasons on television.

Jay Heimowitz – New Yorkers

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Jay Heimowitz

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Jay Heimowitz – New Yorkers
Born: 1937/12/26 (Bethel, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 3rd (1980)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 41
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,111,256
Quote: “[Winning the Main Event] will sort of make you known forever [and give you] respect among your peers, which is really what the player looks for.” — Jay Heimowitz (All In, pp. 115-116).
  • Finished sixth in the 1981 WSOP Main Event and in the top 20 five times between 1987 and 1997.
  • With his fifth bracelet in 2000, became the first player to win a WSOP bracelet in four different decades.

Ted Forrest – New Yorkers

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Ted Forrest

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Ted Forrest – New Yorkers
Born: 1964/09/24 (Syracuse, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 408th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 34
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,331,427
Quote: “In 2004, I won a No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament and also a stud tournament. In 1993, I won three tournaments. I guess I just win tournaments every ten years or so.” — Ted Forrest (June 1, 2014 PokerNews interview after winning his sixth bracelet).

Footnotes:

  1. Other top New Yorkers include Robert Varkonyi, et al.

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    Stats current as of July 30, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Eights

[SS] “The Eights are the Asians, poker players born in Asia”, Stan the Stat noted. “Here are the Eights:1

John Juanda – Asians

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John Juanda

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John Juanda – Asians
Born: 1971/07/08 (Medan, Indonesia)
WSOP Main Event: 31st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 65
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $18,111,008
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I actually love to play all the different games because they help keep my mind sharp. But, if I could only play one game for the rest of my live, I’d go with No Limit Hold ‘Em.” — John Juanda (January 6, 2009 PokerNews interview).
  • Won the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $1,580,096.
  • Led the Bluff Power Ranking for its first four years beginning in 2004.
  • Goes by “John”, but his full first name is “Johnson”.

Johnny Chan – Asians

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan – Asians
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,646,455
Poker
Hall of Fame
2002
Quote: “I suppose the only regret I might have is that I didn’t beat Phil Hellmuth in 1989 [for unparalleled third straight Main Event title].” — Johnny Chan (September 1, 2006 PokerPlayer interview. He also admitted to AskMen that he wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about the final hand).
  • Last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events, a feat that is very unlikely to be done again.
  • Was the first player to win ten WSOP bracelets, just four days before Doyle Brunson matched him in 2005.

Men Nguyen – Asians

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Men Nguyen

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Men Nguyen – Asians
Born: 1954 (Phan Thiet, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 4th (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WSOP Cashes: 85
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,507,141
Quote: “I never saw poker as gambling. It’s about talent and patience and reading people. You don’t play each hand; you weigh each hand.” — Men Nguyen (May 15, 2003 L.A. Weekly interview).
  • Card Player Player of the Year in 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005.
  • Has mentored several other successful pros, including his wife Van and his cousins David Pham and Minh Nguyen.

Scotty Nguyen – Asians

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen – Asians
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,899,385
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “Playing the Big One, Baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe — it’s definitely a real natural high, Baby!” — Scotty Nguyen (1998).
  • Satellited into the 1998 WSOP Main Event backed by Mike Matusow.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Asians include David Chiu, J.C. Tran, Nani Dollison, et al.

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    Stats current as of July 3, 2016. [November 10, 2015 update: John Juanda enshrined in Poker Hall of Fame.]

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Sevens

[SS] “The Sevens are the Southerners, poker players born in the southeastern United States”, Stan the Stat explained. “Here are the Sevens:1

Hoyt Corkins – Southerners

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Hoyt Corkins

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Hoyt Corkins – Southerners
Born: 1959/12/20 (Glenwood, AL)
WSOP Main Event: 35th (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 47
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $6,066,235
Quote: “I spent a lot of my time drinking heavily, betting on a lotta sports and wasting my money on craps – the game that’s always been my downfall. And when I’d play poker, I’d never bring my A-game.” — Hoyt Corkins (explaining why he took a decade-long break from poker in a 2006 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Attended Troy State University for one year before dropping out to move to Las Vegas and play poker.
  • Returned from his hiatus to win the WPT $10,000 Main Event at Foxwoods on November 17, 2003 for $1,089,200.

Jason Mercier – Southerners

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Jason Mercier

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Jason Mercier – Southerners
Born: 1986/11/12 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
WSOP Main Event: 463rd (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $16,422,563
Quote: “Yup. I’m one of those guys. My buddies and I watched Moneymaker win it, and we just started playing all the time. I know it sounds cliche, but that’s how I found poker.” — Jason Mercier (February 2012 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Won the 2008 EPT Sanremo Main Event for $1,138,929 in only his second major tournament.
  • Named 2009 Bluff magazine Player of the Year, having won five tournaments and $1.3 million.

Mark Newhouse – Southerners

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Mark Newhouse

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Mark Newhouse – Southerners
Born: 1985/03/11 (Chapel Hill, NC)
WSOP Main Event: 9th (2013, 2014)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $3,502,096
Quote: “Making the final table again is a very big thing this year, but I wasn’t letting it get to me. Just totally relaxed the whole way.” — Mark Newhouse (July 23, 2014 PokerNews interview).
  • Was the first player to final table consecutive WSOP Main Events since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004.
  • Won the 2006 WPT Borgata Open Main Event for $1,519,020.

Michael Mizrachi – Southerners

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Michael Mizrachi

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Michael Mizrachi – Southerners
Born: 1981/01/05 (Miami, FL)
WSOP Main Event: 5th (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 37
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $14,874,469
Quote: “Remember that it never hurts to sometimes lay down the best hand… Take your time, don’t commit all your chips on a bluff, and just try to make sure every decision is a good one. Sometimes you have only one chance to make a decision, so make sure it’s the right one.” — Michael Mizrachi (AskMen interview).
  • Nicknamed “The Grinder” from his patience in cash games but plays much wilder in tournaments.
  • Won two WPT Main Events in less than a year, the 2005 L.A. Poker Classic and the 2006 Borgata Winter Open.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Southerners include Billy Baxter, Chris Moneymaker, et al. (note that Texans have their own group).

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    Stats current as of June 6, 2016.

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