Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[LL] “The next batch includes one inductee each year from 1985 to 1988”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fives:”1

Red Hodges

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Red Hodges

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Red Hodges
Nickname: none
Born: unknown (U.S.)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1985
Quote: “The greatest seven card stud player who ever lived is Red Hodges. Who is Red Hodges? I have absolutely no idea. I have done search after search on the internet for the guy and I can’t find a thing.” — “10 Reasons You Should Play 7 Card Stud” (CasinoAnswers.com).
  • Seven-Card Stud expert about whom almost nothing is known, but he was likely given the Hall of Fame nod because he was Benny Binion’s friend.

Henry Green

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Henry Green

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Henry Green
Nickname: none
Born: unknown (Alabama)
Died: 1960/01/01
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1986
Quote: “[Green] had few equals, especially at five-card stud.” — Johnny Moss.

“He’d travel anywhere for a game, as long as the stakes were high.” — Oscar Webby.

  • One of the best all-around poker players.
  • Road gambler who played with Johnny Moss, Lowman Popwell, Johnny Connors, Corky McCorquodale, and Oscar Webby.
  • Shot to death by his wife on New Year’s Day 1960 after he played poker all night.

Walter “Puggy” Pearson

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Walter Pearson

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Walter Pearson
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.

Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson
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.

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[LL] “The next batch includes one inductee each year from 1981 to 1984”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fours:”1

Bill Boyd

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Bill Boyd

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Bill Boyd
Born: 1906/01/27 (McNeil, Arkansas)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 4
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $80,000
Poker
Hall of Fame
1981
Quote: “From an organizational standpoint few, if any, have done more for poker than Bill. And I can’t count the number of his ex-employees who are now managing card rooms across the country.” — Jim Albrecht (1997 “Las Vegas Sun” obituary).
  • Voted “most respected poker player” at the initial World Series of Poker in 1970.
  • Won the WSOP 5-Card Stud event every year it was played (1971 to 1974).
  • Poker room manager who introduced Omaha as Nugget Hold’em in 1963.

Tom Abdo

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Tom Abdo

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Tom Abdo
Nickname: none
Born: 1894/04/12 (U.S.)
Died: 1967/03/01
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1982
Quote: “Count my chips. I’ll be back.” — Tom Abdo (shortly after the heart attack at the Aladdin ended his life).
  • High stakes poker player often found at the Big Game at the Aladdin casino.
  • Like Wild Bill Hickok and Jack Straus, fatally afflicted playing poker (although he did make it to the hospital before dying).

Joe Bernstein

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Joe Bernstein

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Joe Bernstein
Nickname: none
Born: 1899/01/05 (Russia)
Died: 1975/11/12
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1983
Quote: “Joe had a history of being a very emotional player. He was a talented man, but he could get very distracted because of his personal life.” — Doyle Brunson (2011; “My 50 Most Memorable Hands”)
  • Won the 1973 $3,000 Limit Ace-to-5 Draw WSOP event for $21,000.
  • Always played with his back at a wall, not because he was afraid of being shot like Wild Bill Hickok, but because he wanted to prevent kibitzers from looking at his cards.

Murph Harrold

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Murph Harrold

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Murph Harrold
Nickname: none
Born: c. 1890 (U.S.)
Died: c. 1960
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1984
Quote: “A number of past inductees are questionable at best… While most are talented players, other than Boyd there really isn’t what you would call a poker legend in this group [from 1980 to 1986].” — Steve Ruddock (October 28, 2015; PartTimePoker.com).
  • Deuce-to-Seven Draw expert (a.k.a. Kansas City Lowball).
  • Employed his brother-in-law, William L. “Bill” Reid, as a bodyguard and chauffeur in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Treys

[LL] “The second batch wraps up the inaugural class and continues to 1980”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Sid Wyman

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Sid Wyman

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Sid Wyman
Nickname: none
Born: 1910/06/01 (St. Louis, MO)
Died: 1978/06/26
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “He travels light. No middle name. No wife. No strings. All Sid needs is a deck of cards, a pair of dice and a pad. It’s not even the money he wants, it’s the action.” — Pulitzer-prize winning sportswriter Jim Murray (1963).
  • High-stakes player who owned the Sands, Riviera, Royal Nevada, and Dunes casinos.
  • Voted “Most Respected Player” at the 1974 WSOP, where he finished 3rd in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud event.

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

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James Hickok

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James Butler Hickok
Nickname: “Wild Bill”
Born: 1837/05/27 (Troy Grove, IL)
Died: 1876/08/02
Occupation: Lawman
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: Hickok once called a bet and saw his opponent turn over a full house with Jacks. The lawman revealed three Aces with only a single six but declared a full house with Aces. “There’s only one six”, he admitted, but pulled out his pistol and stated, “Here is the other six.” His opponent, whom he thought was cheating, gave him the pot.
  • Wild West lawman who was also an actor but preferred to play poker.
  • Shot in the back of the head in Deadwood by Jack “Crooked Nose” McCall while playing 5-Card Draw allegedly holding Aces and Eights, “Dead Man’s Hand”.

Edmond Hoyle

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Edmond Hoyle

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Edmond Hoyle
Nickname: none
Born: 1672 (England)
Died: 1769/08/29
Occupation: Author
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “When in doubt, win the trick.” — Edmond Hoyle, “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist” (1742).
  • Author who penned “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist”, the authoritative reference on the rules of whist, in 1742.
  • Followed up with books on backgammon (1743), chess (1744), piquet (1744), quadrille (1745), and brag (1751).

T. “Blondie” Forbes

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T. Forbes

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T. Forbes
Nickname: “Blondie”
Born: ~1890 (Monroe, LA)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1980
Quote: “This one is wide open for endless debate, but Forbes gets the credit as the inventor of ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’. It probably has more to do with the fact that you just don’t forget the name of a guy named Blondie.” — Chuck Blount (October 24, 2016, “San Antonio Express-News”).
  • Credited as the creator of Texas Hold ‘Em but also a strong Five-Card Stud player.
  • Texas road gambler, whose first name was Tracie, and regular at the Red Men’s Club in Dallas, Texas.

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Cards: the Deuces

[LL] “Do you remember the Poker Greats playing card deck I had?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[RR] “Of course”, Roderick the Rock confirmed.

[LL] “Well, the same company has taken Short Stack Shamus’s idea and run with it. They now have a Poker Hall of Fame deck!1

With the induction of Phil Ivey and David Ulliott during the second to last day of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the Poker Hall of Fame now includes 54 members, exactly enough for a full playing card deck with two jokers.

Here are the Deuces:”4

Johnny “Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss
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).
  • Voted the winner of the first World Series of Poker then won the first freezeout Main Event the next year.
  • Won a record 7 WSOP bracelets in the 1970s for the most in a decade.
  • Oldest player to win the WSOP Main Event at age 66 in 1974.

Nicholas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos

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Nicholas Dandolos

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Nicholas Dandolos
Nickname: “Nick the Greek”
Born: ~1893/04/27 (Rethymnon, Crete)
Died: 1966/12/25
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Mr. Moss, I have to let you go.” — Nick the Greek (ending their possibly mythical marathon match after one last hand of five-card stud, having lost between two and four million dollars to the Grand Old Man of Poker).
  • A truly addicted gambler who went from rags to riches to rags many times, making and losing hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Won $500,000 in a Five-Card Stud hand against Moss by pairing his hole card on the river, according to Jim McManus.

Felton “Corky” McCorquodale

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Felton McCorquodale

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Felton McCorquodale
Nickname: “Corky”
Born: 1904/08/23 (Texas)
Died: 1968/11/23
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Well, what about cab fare home? Can I get cab fare?” — Corky McCorquodale (having determined that he was about to get cheated out of a huge 5-card stud pot but been denied his requests to cut the cards, get insurance, or split the pot).
  • Texas road gambler who introduced Texas Hold ‘Em to Las Vegas in 1963 at the downtown California Club.
  • Was so focused on poker that he didn’t know what Vietnam was after the U.S. had been fighting there almost a decade.

J.H. “Red” Winn

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J.H. Winn

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J.H. Winn
Nickname: “Red”
Born: 1896 (Texas?)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Red’s been a great man all his life. Red Winn’s a good man. Don’t say much, always been like that. Used to have freckles and still would have now if the sun hadn’t hit him.” — Benny Binion (October 8, 1972)
  • Initials are J.H. but went by “Red”, presumably for his hair color.
  • High stakes gambler who was an all-around player but was especially good at seven-card stud.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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