Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Jokers

[SS] “The two Jokers complete the deck as two players who were too important to leave out”, Stan the Stat remarked. “Here are the Jokers:1

Chris Moneymaker – black joker

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Chris Moneymaker

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Chris Moneymaker – black joker
Born: 1975/11/21 (Atlanta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 4
WPT Titles: 0
Career Earnings: $3,613,059
Quote: “I was a little underestimated because no one knew who I was. If I can win it, anybody can.” — Chris Moneymaker (2003).
  • First online qualifier to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Following his Main Event victory, the number of entrants jumped from 839 to 2,576 to 5,619 to 8,773.

Daniel Negreanu – red joker

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Daniel Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu – red joker
Born: 1974/07/26 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 11th (2001, 2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 92
WPT Titles: 2
Career Earnings: $32,619,168
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “My first trip to Las Vegas was here, in Binion’s Horseshoe, downstairs. I brought a $3,000 bankroll, and about 24 hours later, I had a lot of free time on my hands.” — Daniel Negreanu (during his Poker Hall of Fame induction on November 9, 2014).
  • Only player to be named WSOP Player of the Year twice (2004 & 2013); also WPT Player of the Year 2004-05.
  • Became the first player to win bracelets in the WSOP Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific in 2013.

Footnotes:

  1. Other players who merited inclusion in the deck but were regretfully left out include Berry Johnston, David Chiu, and Gary Berland (five WSOP bracelets each); Bobby Baldwin (four bracelets); Dewey Tomko and Jack Keller (three bracelets); a host of WSOP Main Event winners; Carlos Mortensen, Erick Lindgren, Howard Lederer, J.C. Tran, and Freddy Deeb (multiple WPT title winners), Scott Seiver and Sam Trickett (top money earners); et al.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Aces

[SS] “The Aces are the Old Guard, players who were already playing poker before you and I were born”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Aces:1

Amarillo Slim Preston – Old Guard

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Amarillo Slim Preston

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Amarillo Slim Preston – Old Guard
Born: 1928/12/31 (Johnson, AR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1972)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $587,568
Poker
Hall of Fame
1992
Quote: “Seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher.” — Amarillo Slim Preston.
  • His eleven appearances on The Tonight Show helped popularize poker.
  • Was the master of the prop bet, beating Bobby Riggs in table tennis using skillet paddles and Minnesota Fats in pool using broomstick cue sticks.

Doyle Brunson – Old Guard

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson – Old Guard
Born: 1933/08/10 (Longworth, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1976, 1977)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,131,775
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em… is the Cadillac of Poker games… And it’s truly a game that requires very special talents in order to play it at a world class level.” — Doyle Brunson (1979 Super System).
  • Became the first player to earn $1 million in tournaments in 1980.
  • Won his tenth bracelet in 2005, eight days after his son Todd won his first.
  • Holds the record for most years between first and last bracelets: 29.

Johnny Moss – Old Guard

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss – Old Guard
Born: 1907/05/14 (Marshall, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1970, 1971, 1974)
WSOP Bracelets: 9
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,254,859
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “You have to learn what kind of hand this guy shows down, what that one’s moves, watch the veins in his neck, watch his eyes, the way he sweats.” — Johnny Moss (1975).
  • Tied with Phil Ivey for the most WSOP bracelets in a decade (7 in the 1970s).
  • Played a 5-month heads-up marathon against Nick “the Greek” Dandolos in 1949 and won between two and four million dollars.

Puggy Pearson – Old Guard

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Puggy Pearson – Old Guard
Born: 1929/01/29 (Adairville, KY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1973)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $443,480
Poker
Hall of Fame
1987
Quote: “The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that.” — Puggy Pearson.
  • Invented the idea of a freezeout poker tournament, telling fellow player Nick Dandolos, who told Benny Binion.
  • Became the first player to win three events in one WSOP in 1973.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Old Guard players include Bill Boyd, Nick Dandolos, et al.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Kings

[SS] “The Kings are the Non-Hold ‘Em Bracelet Winners, players who have won multiple WSOP bracelets without winning any in Texas Hold ‘Em”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Kings:1

Billy Baxter – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Billy Baxter

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Billy Baxter – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1940 (Augusta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WSOP Cashes: 34
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,429,312
Poker
Hall of Fame
2006
Quote: “Deuce to Seven… is the ultimate bluffing game… you only have one draw. That lessens the likelihood of a guy improving his hand. So, you have to bluff, and you have to read bluffs.” — Billy Baxter, who’s won five bracelets in it (2005 CardPlayer interview).
  • Helped pro poker players declare their income to be earned and thus subject to much lower taxes than unearned income with his 1986 federal tax refund court case, “William E. Baxter Jr. vs. the United States”.

David Sklansky – Non-Hold ‘Em

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David Sklansky – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1947/11/22 (Hackensack, NJ)
WSOP Main Event: 27th (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 40
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,368,869
Quote: “What stops me from being number one is I can’t think as quickly as some people. If everybody had a minute to make a decision, I’d be pretty close to being the best.” — David Sklansky (June 16, 2010 Stacked magazine interview).

Jeff Lisandro – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Jeff Lisandro – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1966 (Perth, Australia)
WSOP Main Event: 17th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 61
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $5,442,449
Quote: “I’ll take your head off!” — Jeff Lisandro (to Prahlad Friedman, who accused him of failing to ante during a hand in the 2006 WSOP Main Event; video evidence proved Lisandro correct, as it was a third player who was short).
  • Named 2009 WSOP POY with victories in three stud events.
  • Won a Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific to join Daniel Negreanu with WSOP bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Phil Ivey – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Phil Ivey – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1976/02/01 (Riverside, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 7th (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 56
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $23,856,034
Quote: “I want to win 30 [bracelets].” — Phil Ivey (2005).
  • Was the 2003 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy.
  • Has won a record ten non-Hold ‘Em bracelets.
  • Owns a record five mixed game bracelets.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Non-Hold ‘Em players include Gary Berland, et al.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Queens

[SS] “The Queens are the Women”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Queens:1

Annie Duke – Women

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Annie Duke – Women
Born: 1965/09/13 (Concord, NH)
WSOP Main Event: 10th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 38
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,270,548
Quote: “To emphasize your femininity, giggle girlishly when you win pots. Check-raise them at every opportunity. Show them your bluffs. They already don’t like you. Why not completely piss them off?… It worked for me.” — Annie Duke.
  • Finished 10th in the 2000 WSOP Main Event while eight months pregnant.
  • Won the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions for $2,000,000, ahead of Phil Hellmuth and her brother Howard Lederer.

Barbara Enright – Women

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Barbara Enright – Women
Born: 1949/08/18 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 5th (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 17
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,586,594
Poker
Hall of Fame
2007
Quote: “I don’t look at gender. I’m just another poker player. Just doing the best I can.” — Barbara Enright (2010).
  • Only woman to reach the WSOP Main Event final table (5th in 1995).
  • First woman to win an open WSOP event, the 1996 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em for her third bracelet after taking down two Ladies’ titles.

Nani Dollison – Women

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Nani Dollison – Women
Born: 1953 (Korea)
WSOP Main Event: 115th (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $776,992
Quote: “I don’t have a college degree, so I thought that poker might be something that I could be successful at without having to be highly educated. I have found that you can be a winning player if you don’t get too cocky about your success.” — Nani Dollison (June 22, 2001 CardPlayer interview).
  • Won the 2001 $2,000 Limit Hold ‘Em event for $441,440, becoming the all-time WSOP women’s money leader.
  • Won the Ladies’ Championship in both 2000 and 2001 in Limit Hold ‘Em and 7-Card Stud.

Vanessa Selbst – Women

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Vanessa Selbst – Women
Born: 1984/07/09 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 73rd (2012)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,833,780
Quote: “I tried to not be a poker player. I thought that I was just going to be a lawyer, and then I went on to win a couple of tournaments and figured maybe I can make this work.” — Vanessa Selbst (2014 phone interview).
  • Won the 2013 PCA $25,000 High Roller for $1,424,420 to become the all-time leading female money winner.
  • Only female to win three WSOP bracelets in open events.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Women include Barbara Freer, Linda Johnson, Maria Ho, et al.

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    Stats current as of October 24, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Jacks

[SS] “The Jacks are the Midwesterners, poker players born in the American Midwest”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Jacks:1

Barry Greenstein – Midwesterners

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Barry Greenstein – Midwesterners
Born: 1954/12/30 (Chicago, IL)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 75
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $8,138,298
Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “These contributions [of poker tournament winnings] are the best things I have ever done in my life.” — Barry Greenstein.
  • Donates his tournament profits (primarily to Children Incorporated).
  • Has bracelets for Deuce to Seven Draw, Pot Limit Omaha, and Razz.

Layne Flack – Midwesterners

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Layne Flack – Midwesterners
Born: 1969/05/18 (Rapid City, SD)
WSOP Main Event: 194th (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 46
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $4,968,925
Quote: “When I came to town, I slept in my vehicle and sought out games. I spent one month building my bankroll.” — Layne Flack (referring to starting from nothing when he came to Las Vegas from Montana in 1997 in a September 1, 2009 PokerPlayer interview).
  • Won consecutive Legends of Poker tournaments in 1999 to earn the nickname “Back to Back”, then did it again at the 2003 WSOP.

Mike Sexton – Midwesterners

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Mike Sexton – Midwesterners
Born: 1947/09/22 (Shelby, IN)
WSOP Main Event: 12th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 62
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $5,890,177
Poker
Hall of Fame
2009
Quote: “One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker.” — Mike Sexton
  • Has been one of the driving forces of the World Poker Tour, including commentating on broadcasts.
  • Won the 2006 Tournament of Champions for $1,000,000.

Phil Hellmuth – Midwesterners

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Phil Hellmuth – Midwesterners
Born: 1964/07/16 (Madison, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 14
WSOP Cashes: 118
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $20,977,294
Poker
Hall of Fame
2007
Quote: “If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time.” — Phil Hellmuth (2004).
  • Holds the WSOP career records for bracelets (14), final tables (55), and cashes (118).
  • Only player to win both the WSOP Main Event (1989) and WSOP Europe Main Event (2012).

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Midwesterners include Brad Daugherty, Greg Raymer, Scott Seiver, et al. (note that Michiganders have their own group).

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    Stats current as of September 21, 2016.

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