WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Queens

[LL] “The Queens run from to 2016 to 2017”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Qui Nguyen

Q

Qui Nguyen

Q
Qui Nguyen
Born: 1977 (Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2016)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 2
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,058,296
Quote: “I’m going back home [to Vietnam] and my plan is to help the people. Some have no house and no food. I wanted to donate some money to help other people. There are a lot of people who struggle in life and I want to help. I’m just so lucky compared to other people… I’m very happy, but everyone should be happy.” — Qui Nguyen (July 11, 2017 PokerNews interview).
  • Worked in a nail salon before moving to Las Vegas and becoming a poker pro in 2007.
  • Primarily a cash game player, “Tommy Gun” has only one tournament cash over $10,000.

Scott Blumstein

Q

Scott Blumstein

Q
Scott Blumstein
Born: 1992/03/27 (Morristown, NJ)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2017)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 1
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,504,500
Quote: “There is no tougher place to play than on the East Coast. I definitely feel like I’m in this position because I’m from New Jersey. I mean, look who won Colossus, Tom Cannuli, the list goes on and on. It’s no coincidence. I think I’m here because I got pushed here, it’s just Darwinism, survival of the fittest.” — Scott Blumstein (July 15, 2017 PokerCentral interview).
  • Had never played in the WSOP Main Event or cashed in a bracelet event before.
  • Won the $500 No Limit Hold ‘Em $1 Million Deepstack Kick Off at the Borgata Summer Poker Open for $199,854 in July 2016 to keep his poker career afloat.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Jacks

[LL] “The Jacks run from to 2012 to 2015”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Greg Merson

J

Greg Merson

J
Greg Merson
Born: 1987/12/08 (Washington, D.C.)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2012)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,378,947
Quote: “I want to continue to grow as a professional gambler and keep playing the biggest games I can find. I want to leave a legacy as one of the hardest working players of all-time and hopefully at some point be one of the best of all-time.” — Greg Merson (January 13, 2013 PocketFives interview).
  • Was named 2012 WSOP Player of the Year as the only multiple bracelet winner, having captured the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em – Six Handed event just two days before the Main Event began.

Ryan Riess

J

Ryan Riess

J
Ryan Riess
Born: 1990/04/19 (Pontiac, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2013)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,652,531
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.

Martin Jacobson

J

Martin Jacobson

J
Martin Jacobson
Born: 1987/06/30 (Stockholm, Sweden)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2014)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $16,555,888
Quote: “I always try to improve my game… but… I improve the most is from the times I go deep. The deeper you are in a tournament the more focused you get and your attention level automatically goes up and I think it goes hand in hand with your learning ability… I always try to bring my A game and make the best decisions I can possibly make.” — Martin Jacobson (October 19, 2011).
  • Finished 6th in both the 2013 and 2017 One Drop High Roller $111,111 buy-in events (winning $807,427 and $641,382).
  • Has reached two World Poker Tour and four European Poker Tour final tables.
  • Named 2014 Player of the Year by Sweden’s Poker.se publication.

Joe McKeehen

J

Joe McKeehen

J
Joe McKeehen
Born: 1991/06/28 (North Wales, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 21
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $14,571,921
Quote: “While holding the title of ‘Poker World Champion’ is a prestigious honor, I’m finding that in my regular life not a great deal has changed other than doing way more interviews and signing autographs. At the end of the day, I’m just a young guy that loves the game of poker and won a huge tournament.” — Joe McKeehen (December 23, 2015 CardPlayer Lifestyle interview).
  • Won his second WSOP bracelet and $311,817 in the 2017 $10,000 Limit Hold ‘Em Championship.
  • Has won 2 WSOP Circuit Rings.
  • Won the World Championship for the board game Risk in 2010.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Tens

[LL] “The Tens run from to 2008 to 2011”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Peter Eastgate

10

Peter Eastgate

10
Peter “Isser” Eastgate
Born: 1985/12/13 (Denmark)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2008)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,131,450
Quote: “I do not think I have realized yet what a big moment this is. It will come the next days and weeks. I expect I will get emotional about it later. But not as much now … I was not focusing on the records I could break. I just concentrated on the game.” — Peter Eastgate (2008; specifically referring to becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event champ).
  • At 22 years of age, became the youngest WSOP Main Event champ, breaking Phil Hellmuth’s 19-year-old record.
  • In November 2010, auctioned off his Main Event bracelet for $147,500, donating the proceeds to UNICEF.

Joe Cada

10

Joe Cada

10
Joe “The Kid” Cada
Born: 1987/11/18 (Shelby Charter, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 28
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,516,488
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.

Jonathan Duhamel

10

Jonathan Duhamel

10
Jonathan Duhamel
Born: 1987/08/24 (Boucherville, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $17,886,463
Quote: “There is no doubt that my goal is to get an EPT/WPT title and other WSOP bracelets as soon as possible, but it seems like I’m doing much better in the side events than the Main Event recently. Lots of those side event are High Rollers though so I can’t complain.” — Jonathan Duhamel (November 2, 2013 PokerStrategy.com interview).
  • Won two WSOP High Roller events in 2015 ($111,111 One Drop and €25,600 No Limit Hold ‘Em in Europe).
  • Had his Main Event bracelet stolen and was badly beaten when his ex-girlfriend arranged a home robbery in 2011.

Pius Heinz

10

Pius Heinz

10
Pius Heinz
Born: 1989/05/04 (Odendorf, Germany)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2011)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $9,028,569
Quote: “The November Nine was an incredible bonding experience between players. You have exactly eight other people in the world who feel what you feel and are going through what you’re going through. Nobody else understands it…” — Pius Heinz (November 10, 2011 PocketFives interview).
  • Less than two weeks before the 2011 Main Event, Heinz recorded his first live cash, final tabling the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tourney for $83,286.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Nines

[LL] “The Nines run from to 2004 to 2007”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Greg Raymer

9

Greg Raymer

9
Greg “Fossilman” Raymer
Born: 1964/06/25 (Minot, ND)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2004)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 31
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $7,696,830
Quote: “You have to play really good, and you have to run really good.” — Greg Raymer (2004).
  • Patent attorney known as “Fossilman” for his fossil-collecting hobby.
  • Also cashed in the 2005 WSOP Main Event (Last Former Champ Standing in 25th for $304,680) and 2016 (122nd for $49,108).

Joe Hachem

9

Joe Hachem

9
Joe “Diamond Joe” Hachem
Born: 1966/03/11 (Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 26
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $12,261,052
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.

Jamie Gold

9

Jamie Gold

9
Jamie “Golden Boy” Gold
Born: 1969/08/25 (Kansas City, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 6
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $12,588,364
Quote: “It really doesn’t matter what style you play, but it’s very important that you know how you play. If you aren’t conscious of your own style, it leaves the door wide open for your opponents to figure you out.”
  • Born as Jamie M. Usher, but his mother remarried Dr. Robert Gold.
  • His clients as a talent agent have included Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu.
  • Half of his $12 million first prize went to Crispin Leyser from a Bodog.com deal.

Jerry Yang

9

Jerry Yang

9
Jerry “The Shadow” Yang
Born: 1968 (Laos)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 7
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,443,075
Quote: “The woman who paid my [college] tuition asked me to promise to show the same kindness to others that I had received. This is now my life’s mission. It’s why I fulfilled my vow to use my winnings for good and why I live the way I do today… Whatever you have, whether a lot or a little, use it for good. That is the mark of a true champion.” — Jerry Yang (All In, 2007).
  • When he was a child, his family desperately escaped from Laos to Thailand.
  • Was working at a foster care agency working with at-risk children when he discovered the World Series of Poker while surfing television channels.
  • Donated ten percent of his $8,250,000 first prize to his church, some local charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Eights

[LL] “The Eights run from to 2000 to 2003”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Chris Ferguson

8

Chris Ferguson

8
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson
Born: 1963/04/11 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 97
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,971,790
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.

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

8

Carlos Mortensen

8
Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen
Born: 1972/04/13 (Ambato, Ecuador)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 39
WPT Titles: 3
Live Earnings: $12,107,757
Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “¡Viva España!” — Carlos Mortensen (after winning the WSOP Main Event in 2001; he became the first European inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016).
  • Moved to Spain when he was young then to the U.S. in the late 90’s. His actual name is Juan Carlos Mortensen, but somehow the “Juan” got lost when he came to the U.S.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event for $573,204.

Robert Varkonyi

8

Robert Varkonyi

8
Robert Varkonyi
Born: 1961/10/07 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2002)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,306,777
Quote: “I was totally focused, played nearly perfect poker, and caught a few lucky breaks. I played very gutsy and with no fear. But today it’s different; when I won it we were only 631 entrants. Now you need even more luck and also more endurance.” — Robert Varkonyi (2002)
  • Last Former Champ Standing in the 2011 WSOP, finishing 514th; also finished 177th in 2007.
  • Won the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $500 No Limit Hold ‘Em for $65,032 for his second biggest cash.

Chris Moneymaker

8

Chris Moneymaker

8
Chris “Money” Moneymaker
Born: 1975/11/21 (Atlanta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,714,146
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.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sevens

[LL] “The Sevens run from to 1995 to 1999”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Dan Harrington

7

Dan Harrington

7
Dan “Action Dan” Harrington
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.

Huck Seed

7

Huck Seed

7
Huck “Iceman” Seed
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.

Scotty Nguyen

7

Scotty Nguyen

7
Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,939,878
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.

Noel Furlong

7

Noel Furlong

7
Noel Furlong
Born: 1937/12/25 (Dublin, Ireland)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1999)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,145,806
Quote: “I worked hard, but it was 99 percent luck.” — Noel Furlong (May 13, 1999 after winning the WSOP Main Event).
  • J.J., who earned his nickname by being born on Christmas Day, owned a successful carpet-making business before learning poker under the tutelage of Terry Rogers.
  • Exited in 6th from the 1989 Main Event when Johnny Chan picked off his bluff.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The Sixes run from to 1991 to 1994”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Brad Daugherty

6

Brad Daugherty

6
Brad Daugherty
Born: 1951/07/05 (Mountain Grove, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,825,415
Quote: “As anyone that has been here [in the Philippines] knows, there are lots of homeless kids and people living in poverty. I am always helping kids and families that I see in need. I thought, why not just auction the bracelet off and use it where it could do some good, rather than just let it sit in the US in a safe deposit box.” — Brad Daugherty (July 2011, auctioning off his Main Event bracelet).
  • Worked in construction and welding before moving to Las Vegas to become a poker pro in 1978.
  • Finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event just two years after winning.

Hamid Dastmalchi

6

Hamid Dastmalchi

6
Hamid Dastmalchi
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.

James Bechtel

6

James Bechtel

6
James “Jim” Bechtel
Born: 1952 (Arizona?)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1993)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,566,705
Quote: “John [Bonetti] pretty much had the lead the entire tournament, so I always had a few less chips than he did. But I felt real comfortable because John was a guy that really gambled and like to take risks out of position. I thought I could eventual trap him and I did.” — Jim Bechtel (July 7, 2013 Las Vegas Sun, on knocking Bonetti out in 3rd place in the 1993 WSOP Main Event)
  • Worked in Coolidge, Arizona as a cotton farmer when he started playing poker.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1988, when he finished 6th for $49,000.
  • Finished 4th in the 2006 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $549,120.

Russ Hamilton

6

Russ Hamilton

6
Russ Hamilton
Born: 1948 (Detroit, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1994)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,526,243
Quote: “Jack [Binion] still owes me 30 pounds more of silver if he wants to pay me, because I really weighed 360 pounds when I got weighed for the silver in 1994.” — Russ Hamilton (June 16, 2008 PokerNews interview with Tom Sexton where he admitted he claimed to be only 330 pounds out of embarrassment when he maxed out the scale at 300).
  • As Main Event champion during the 25th WSOP, Hamilton earned 43 silver bars then valued at $28,512.
  • Worked as a consultant for Ultimate Bet, where he infamously took advantage of hole card information to cheat.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Fives

[LL] “The Fives run from to 1986 to 1990”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Berry “Numbers” Johnston

5

Berry Johnston

5
Berry “Numbers” Johnston
Born: 1935/09/25 (Benthany, OK)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1986)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 69
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,503,688
Poker
Hall of Fame
2004
Quote: “I had a dream last night where it came down to [Mike Harthcock] and me. Well, I won at first, but the dream kept on going, and he won it.” — Berry Johnston, revealing that he’d predicted the heads-up contestants in a Poker Player Newspaper interview immediately after winning the 1986 WSOP Main Event.
  • Holds the record with 29 straight WSOPs with at least one cash, from 1982 to 2010.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event four times in nine years, finishing 3rd in 1982, 3rd in 1985, 1st in 1986, and 5th in 1990.

Johnny Chan

5

Johnny Chan

5
Johnny “Orient Express” Chan
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 49
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,688,740
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.

Phil Hellmuth

5

Phil Hellmuth

5
Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth
Born: 1964/07/16 (Madison, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 14
WSOP Cashes: 128
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $22,227,568
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 (61), and cashes (126).
  • Only player to win both the WSOP Main Event (1989) and WSOP Europe Main Event (2012).

Mansour Matloubi

5

Mansour Matloubi

5
Mansour Matloubi
Born: 1953 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 14
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,018,561
Quote: “While this isn’t a case that has been ruled on in the court of law, the evidence is overwhelmingly one-sided that, at the very least, these two men [Matloubi and Russ Hamilton] were involved in cheating players out of millions [by looking at player’s hole cards on UltimateBet].” — Daniel Negreanu (February 20, 2015 blog post).
  • First non-American to win the WSOP Main Event and the last winner to earn under a million dollars ($835,000).
  • Also finished 4th in the WSOP Main Event in 1993 and 16th in 1994.
  • Part-owner of Ultimate Bet.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Fours

[LL] “The Fours run from to 1982 to 1985”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Jack Straus

4

Jack Straus

4
Jack “Treetop” Straus
Born: 1930/06/16 (Travis, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1982)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
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, napkin-hidden chip to win the 1982 WSOP Main Event.

Tom McEvoy

4

Tom McEvoy

4
Tom McEvoy
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,042,761
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 WSOP Main Event.
  • Helped organize the first smoke-free tournament in 1998 and eventually persuaded almost all tournament directors to ban smoking.

Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller

4

Jack Keller

4
Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller
Born: 1942/12/29 (Philadelphia, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1984)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 24
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,900,424
Poker
Hall of Fame
1993
Quote: “[I quit poker] because it had no more to offer me.” — Jack Keller (September 6, 1987, after retiring from poker for a seat on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, regular work hours, and more time to spend with his two sons).
  • Got into poker while in the U.S. Air Force and made a career of it when he left.
  • Won the 1987 Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker Main Event for $220,000.
  • Also finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event in 1987 and 8th in 1992.

Bill Smith

4

Bill Smith

4
Bill Smith
Born: 1934 (Texas)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1985)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $1,055,488
Quote: “Well, holidays and weekends are amateur nights. Real drinkers go out during the week.” — Bill Smith (explaining why he didn’t go out on weekends, quoted in T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy’s Championship Omaha). Cloutier also said in a 1999 interview, “when [Smith] was halfway drunk, he was the best player I’d ever played.”
  • Finished in fifth place in both the 1981 and 1986 Main Events for his only two other WSOP cashes.

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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories:

WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Treys

[LL] “The Treys run from to 1976 to 1981”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Doyle Brunson

3

Doyle Brunson

3
Doyle “Texas Dolly” 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.

Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin

3

Bobby Baldwin

3
Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin
Born: 1950 (Tulsa, OK)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1978)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,319,679
Poker
Hall of Fame
2003
Quote: “Playing poker for a living gives you backbone. You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning, but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away.” — Bobby Baldwin (2001)
  • Wrote the Omaha Eight-or-Better chapter of Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2.
  • Originally a poker host but soon promoted into Golden Nugget management then became Mirage president, Mirage Resorts CFO and CEO, and Bellagio president.

Hal Fowler

3

Hal Fowler

3
Hal Fowler
Born: 1927/01/12 (Vermont)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1979)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 1
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $383,500
Quote: “No one — and I mean NO ONE — could have beaten Hal Fowler that day. Not even God. He was just getting the cards and that was that [including making four or five inside straights and cracking Bobby Hoff’s Aces on the final hand].” — T.J. Cloutier (quoted by Des Wilson in Ghosts at the Table, 2008).
  • Disappeared from the poker scene after winning the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud at the 1984 Grand Prix of Poker; Wilson hired a private detective to try to find the reclusive champ, but he’d already passed away in a low-income senior residence in California.

Stu Ungar

3

Stu Ungar

3
Stu “The Kid” Ungar
Born: 1953/09/08 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1980, 1981, 1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: N/A
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. 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 April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }

Tags:
Categories: