WSOP Player of the Year 2017 – Chris Ferguson


[SS] “Another year, another change to the World Series of Poker Player of the Year formula”, Stan the Stat complained.

[LL] “It only seems that way”, Leroy the Lion amended.

[SS] “You’re barely right, but the two-year gap between changes is actually tied for the longest since the award began in 2004.”

[RR] “And then some players will complain, and they’ll change it again”, Roderick the Rock contributed.

[SS] “Probably. Kings Casino Rozvadov, host of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe in the Czech Republic for the first time, sponsored this year’s WSOP Player of the Year contest, so they replaced the Global Poker Index’s complex formula with their own new and fairly simple formula, making each cash worth:

	(prize/buyin)^(1/3) * (buyin)^(1/6) * 10

You know who’s not complaining? Chris Ferguson and John Racener, who broke the Las Vegas record for cashes in one World Series of Poker summer with 17.1 With the new formula possibly overweighting smaller cashes, they continued their battle across the pond into WSOP Europe, where Ferguson cashed another six times, two more than Racener. Jesus finally sealed the WSOP POY award when Racener exited on Day 2 of the WSOP Europe Main Event. Along the way, Ferguson won the 92-player €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for his sixth career WSOP bracelet, ending a 14-year drought.2 He still finished with the least money ($436,343) since Tom Schneider won with just $416,829 in 2007.”

2017 WSOP Player of the Year Top Ten

Rank Player Points
1 Chris Ferguson 1,178.53
2 John Racener 1,042.04
3 Ryan Hughes 994.35
4 Mike Leah 910.01
5 John Monnette 865.21
6 Kenny Hallaert 838.35
7 Alex Foxen 833.45
8 Dario Sammartino 775.89
9 Raymond Henson 768.49
10 Ben Yu 766.49

[SS] “Ferguson also closed in on the 100-cash mark with 97, leaping to fourth on the career leaderboard behind only Phil Hellmuth (130), Daniel Negreanu (103), and Erik Seidel (101).”

[LL] “Wow, he’ll be #2 by the end of next summer if Negreanu and Seidel don’t rise to the challenge!”

Footnotes:

  1. Ferguson and Racener broke Roland Israelashvili’s year-old record of 16. Ferguson previously held the record of 8 from 2003 to 2008.
  2. As large as that 14-year gap is, it’s a decade shorter than Chip Reese’s record of 24 years and currently ranks only 7th.

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“The Education of a Poker Player” Review

[LL] “The oldest poker book I’ve read is older than I am”, Leroy the Lion claimed.

[RR] “Super System isn’t nearly as old as you are”, Roderick the Rock countered.

[LL] “That was only the second oldest. Near the end of his life in 1957, cryptologist Herbert O. Yardley penned a classic poker book that has been called ‘the poker bible before Doyle published Super System‘. The Education of a Poker Player2 chronicles two main times in Yardley’s life when he played poker: as a young adult at a local tavern and later in life as a code-breaker in China.”

[RR] “Whoa, a poker book set in China?”

[LL] “Indeed, and one of the main characters is the author’s Chinese translator whom he teaches what he learned in the first part of the book.

Yardley’s book is entertaining enough to be read solely for its stories as most of the poker instruction is separated out in between the plot. But if you want to learn how to play various old types of poker — Five-Card Draw (with and without wild cards), Five-Card Draw Low, Five-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud (High, Low, and High-Low) — you could skip the story and focus on the poker. Then you’d miss what makes this one of the most readable poker books though; it’s even a bit raunchy at times.”

[RR] “An R-rated poker book?”

[LL] “Closer to PG-13, but still pretty out there for 1957. As are some of the poker variations in the third part of the book: Five-Card Stud with the Joker, Six-Card Stud (which gone the way of the B battery), and several Seven-Card Stud variations: Betty Hutton (9s and 5s wild), Doctor Pepper (2s, 4s, and Tens wild), Razz, HIgh Hand with the Joker, Low Hand with the Joker, Hi-Lo with the Joker, Baseball (3s and 9s wild with 4s giving an extra down card), Football (ditto but with 4s, 6s, and 2s), Low Spade-High Hand (a.k.a. Chicago), Low Hole Card Wild; and Five-Card Draw with the Joker, Low Ball with the Joker, and Spit in the Ocean (Five-Card Draw with Deuces Wild and a fifth, wild card shared by everyone.

Overall, Yardley’s instruction is a bit basic and a bit tight but can still be useful if you find yourself in dealer’s choice games with old school players as it mostly covers games that are no longer played in casinos.”

Title The Education of a Poker Player
Author Herbert O. Yardley
Year 1957
Skill Level Beginner
Pros Well-written with poker instruction interwoven into an interesting non-fiction plot.
Cons Dated (albeit mostly with regards to the poker varieties played) and extremely tight play.
Rating 2.5

Footnotes:

  1. Jon Pill’s review also goes into detail on Yardley’s career.
  2. Yardley’s book is not to be confused with James McManus’s 2015 novel by the same name. The poker author unabashedly borrowed the title from the older book because his young male protagonist Vincent Killeen occasionally plays poker and learns his skills from Yardley’s book. McManus’s story is well-written and worth reading if you like coming-of-age novels but decidedly not much of a poker book.
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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Jokers

[LL] “The last batch is the inductees from 2017”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Jokers:”1

Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey
Born: 1976/02/01 (Riverside, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 7th (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 56
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $23,856,033
Poker
Hall of Fame
2017
Quote: “I want to win 30 [bracelets].” — Phil Ivey (after winning his fifth WSOP bracelet in 2005).
  • Was the 2003 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy.
  • Has won a record ten non-Hold ‘Em WSOP bracelets.
  • Owns a record five mixed game WSOP bracelets.

David “Devilfish” Ulliott

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David Ulliott

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David Ulliott
Born: 1954/04/01 (England)
WSOP Main Event: 72nd (2004)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 33
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,218,292
Poker
Hall of Fame
2017
Quote: “I used to play in a lot of dodgy places and dirty clubs. You would have to go in and out through the back fire escapes. I always carried a gun in my pocket because the problem for me wasn’t winning the money, it was getting out with it.” — David Ulliott (October 21, 2010 interview in The Telegraph)
  • Nicknamed “Devilfish” by Steve Au-Yeung for the ugly but poisonous fish.
  • Won Britain’s Late Night Poker, the first TV show featuring hole cams in 1999.
  • Had his own online poker site called Devilfish Poker.

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 Aces

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2015 and 2016”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Aces:”1

John “Luckbox” Juanda

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John Juanda

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John Juanda
Born: 1971/07/08 (Medan, Indonesia)
WSOP Main Event: 31st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 66
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $20,748,954
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”.

Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman
Born: 1964/11/29 (Reno, NV)
WSOP Main Event:
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 35
WPT Titles:
Live Earnings: $2,739,645
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I have always been a cash game player. I like tournaments, but with all the traveling and the long hours, I choose usually to play cash games. When I had children, I really wanted to be around for them. I hear it goes by so fast, and I don’t want to miss a second.” — Jennifer Harman (September 24, 2015 CardsChat.com interview; has also claimed to hate tournaments).
  • Won the 2000 WSOP $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball after Howard Lederer had given Annie Duke and her a crash course in how to play just prior to the event.
  • Won the 2002 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em for $212,440.

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen

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Carlos 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.

Todd “Darkhorse” Brunson

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Todd Brunson

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Todd Brunson
Born: 1969/08/07 (El Paso, TX)
WSOP Main Event:
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 58
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,342,568
Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “Cash game players, including myself, have been drawn back into the tournament arena by the huge prize pools and large numbers of novice players looking for instant glory.” — Todd Brunson.
  • Didn’t learn to play poker until after he graduated high school but took the game up more seriously while at Texas Tech, dropping out before his senior year.
  • Won the 2005 WSOP $2,500 Omaha High/Low for $255,945.

Footnotes:

  1. 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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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Kings

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2013 and 2014”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Kings:”1

Tom “Grand Rapids Tom” McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy

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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: $3,034,640
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.

Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,932,744
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.

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu
Born: 1974/07/26 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 11th (2001, 2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 103
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $34,093,588
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 a career in 2013.

Jack McClelland

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Jack McClelland

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Jack McClelland
Nickname: none
Born: 1952 (McConnelsville, Ohio)
Occupation: Tournament Dir.
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “If you think you are such a genius why don’t you go and fix them?” — Jack McClelland’s wife Alma (~1983, after hearing him complain one too many times about how badly poker tournaments were run).
  • Final tabled the WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $11,850 in 1988 (8th) and $15,150 in 2000 (7th).
  • His wife Alma won the 1989 WSOP Ladies Event.

Footnotes:

  1. 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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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Queens

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2011 and 2012”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Queens:”1

Barry “Robin Hood of Poker” Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein
Born: 1954/12/30 (Chicago, IL)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 89
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $8,246,109
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.

Linda “First Lady of Poker” Johnson

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Linda Johnson

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Linda Johnson
Born: 1953/10/14 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 13
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $395,332
Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “When I first started playing poker… in the ’70s, it was rare to see more than one or two other women… The atmosphere… wasn’t conducive to women wanting to play…, there was bad language and lots of player abuse. In today’s poker rooms, this type of behavior isn’t tolerated, and women can actually have a lot of fun playing.” — Linda Johnson (November 6, 2007, Part Time Poker).
  • Started playing draw poker as it was the only game that was legal in the 1970s in Gardena, California.
  • Bought CardPlayer in 1993 and ran the business for eight years.
  • Won the 1997 WSOP $1,500 Limit Razz.

Eric Drache

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Eric Drache

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Eric Drache
Nickname: none
Born: 1943 (Brooklyn, NY)
Occupation: Tournament Dir.
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If I ever went to Gamblers Anonymous, I’d have to tone down my testimony. There’s no way they would believe the figures — the wins and losses, the amounts of money I’ve borrowed and lent. I’m not kidding. It doesn’t sound realistic even to me.” — Eric Drache (1988; quoted in Al Alvarez’s Risky Business: People, Pastimes, Poker and Books, 2012).
  • Last name pronounced “drake”.
  • Dropped out of Rutgers University in 1970 to play poker full-time in Las Vegas and grew $600 into $70,000 in four months.
  • As WSOP tournament director, invented satellite tournaments in 1978.

Bryan “Sailor” Roberts

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Bryan Roberts

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Bryan Roberts
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If your opponent raises, and you reraise, and your opponent puts in the third raise, and you have two kings, you’re a huge Underdog to most everyone.” — Sailor Roberts (quoted by Bobby Hoff in Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II [back when the game was much tighter preflop]).
  • 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. 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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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Jacks

[LL] “The next batch includes the second 2008 inductee, one from 2009, and two from 2010”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Jacks:”1

Henry Orenstein

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Henry Orenstein

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Henry Orenstein
Nickname: none
Born: 1923 (Hrubieszow, Poland)
Occupation: Inventor
Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “Once, Henry had been caught by the Nazis and was being marched toward an execution pit when he shoved his watch and all his cash into the hands of a Ukrainian police officer, then sprinted down a side street, wondering with every stride if that officer was going to shoot him in the back.” — Newsweek (December 30, 2016).
  • Invented the hole card camera, one of his hundred-plus patents, that greatly improved the appeal of televised poker, which he thought was too boring without seeing the hidden cards.

Mike “Ambassador of Poker” Sexton

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Mike Sexton

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Mike Sexton
Born: 1947/09/22 (Shelby, IN)
WSOP Main Event: 12th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 65
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,581,572
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.

Dan “Action Dan” Harrington

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Dan Harrington

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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.

Erik “Sly” Seidel

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Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 101
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $32,462,833
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.

Footnotes:

  1. 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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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Tens

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2006 to 2008”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Tens:”1

Billy Baxter

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Billy Baxter

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Billy Baxter
Born: 1940 (Augusta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WSOP Cashes: 34
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,616,282
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”.

Barbara Enright

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Barbara Enright

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Barbara Enright
Born: 1949/08/18 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 5th (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,602,228
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.

Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth

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Phil Hellmuth

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Phil Hellmuth
Born: 1964/07/16 (Madison, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 14
WSOP Cashes: 126
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $21,399,093
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).

Duane “Dewey” Tomko

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Duane Tomko

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Duane Tomko
Born: 1946/12/31 (Glassport, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1982, 2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,913,906
Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “I’d rather have a gambler’s word than any businessman’s check. I got shoe boxes full of bounced businessmen’s checks. Gamblers pay in cash.” — Dewey Tomko (2003, quoted in Rick Reilly’s Who’s Your Caddy?, which devotes an entire chapter to Tomko as a high stakes golfer).
  • Graduated from Salem College and became a kindergarten teacher in Hanes, Florida but earned more playing poker at night, so he quit his day job.
  • Also finished 10th in the WSOP Main Event in 1986.

Footnotes:

  1. 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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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Nines

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2004 to 2006”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Nines:”1

Berry “Numbers” Johnston

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Berry Johnston

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Berry 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.

Jack Binion

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Jack Binion

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Jack Binion
Nickname: none
Born: 1937/02/21 (Dallas, TX)
Occupation: Casino Owner
Poker
Hall of Fame
2005
Quote: “I’ve often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that’s not worth it. But I’m not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that’s what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege.” — Jack Binion.
  • President of Binion’s Horseshoe since 1963 when he was just 26 years old.
  • Oversaw the creation of the World Series of Poker in 1970. Sold Horseshoe Gaming to Harrah’s Entertainment for $1.45 billion in 2003.
  • Chairman of Wynn International since 2006.

Crandell “Dandy” Addington

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Crandell Addington

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Crandell Addington
Born: 1938/06/23 (Graham, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1978)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $162,350
Poker
Hall of Fame
2005
Quote: “One of the most colorful and greatest players in poker history.” — Doyle Brunson (“Super System 2”, 2005).
  • Also finished second in the WSOP Main Event in 1974 and 1976 when the event was winner-take-all.
  • Finished in the final ten of the WSOP Main Event seven times (although only one of those was a cash).

Thomas “T.J.” Cloutier

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Thomas Cloutier

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Thomas Cloutier
Born: 1938/10/13 (Albany, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1985, 2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 69
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,368,770
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.

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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 Eights

[LL] “The next batch includes inductees from 2001 to 2003 (none from 1998 to 2000)”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Eights:”1

Stu “The Kid” Ungar

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Stu Ungar

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Stu 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.

Lyle Berman

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Lyle Berman

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Lyle Berman
Born: 1941/08/06 (Minneapolis, MN)
WSOP Main Event: 5th (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,694,140
Poker
Hall of Fame
2002
Quote: “Lyle was the first player to really crunch the numbers of [Pot Limit Omaha] and has calculated statistical charts that were the first of their kind.” — Doyle Brunson (“Super System 2”, 2005).
  • More of a cash game player despite his tournament success.
  • Also finished 14th in the WSOP Main Event for $12,500 in 1986.
  • His three bracelets were in Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold ‘Em, and No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw.

Johnny “Orient Express” Chan

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan
Born: 1909/05/11 (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.

Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin

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Bobby Baldwin

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Bobby 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.

Footnotes:

  1. 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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