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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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.

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  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 Sevens

[LL] “The next batch includes the inductee from 1992 to 1997 (none in 1994 and 1995)”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sevens:”1

Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston

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Thomas Preston

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Thomas Preston
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.

Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller

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Jack Keller

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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.

Julius Oral “Little Man” Popwell

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Julius Popwell

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Julius Oral Popwell
Nickname: “Little Man”
Born: 1912/06/01 (Alabama)
Died: 1966/05/19
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1996
Quote: “‘A soft touch’ who was constantly coming to the aid of those who were down on their luck.” — Birmingham News obituary. “He was a top player of the time. He was one of the most fervent road gamblers, and his enormous love of poker caused him to travel across the country to play in various games.” — Jim Albrecht (Horseshoe Tournament Director; 1996)
  • Earned his nickname as a teenager hustling billiards against bigger, older opponents then ironically grew to weigh 300 pounds.
  • Once collected his poker winnings from a toymaker in merchandise that he donated to poor children in Birmingham.

Roger Moore

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Roger Moore

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Roger Moore
Born: 1938/04/10 (Eastman, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 6th (1986)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 14
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $635,200
Poker
Hall of Fame
1997
Quote: “One of the most consistent winners in poker I’ve ever seen.” — Doyle Brunson (November 2, 2011)
  • Won the 1994 WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $144,000.
  • Won the 1989 America’s Cup Main Event, the 1989 Diamond Jim Brady $1,000 Hold ‘Em, and the 1997 Hall of Fame Poker Classic $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha.

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sixes

[LL] “The next batch includes the second inductee from 1988 and one each from 1989, 1990, and 1991”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sixes:”1

Jack “Treetop” Straus

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Jack Straus

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Jack 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.

Fred “Sarge” Ferris

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Fred Ferris

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Fred Ferris
Nickname: “Sarge”
Born: 1928/12/01 (Waterville, ME)
Died: 1989/03/12
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1989
Quote: “I admired Sarge a lot because he didn’t give away one crumb. He never showed his cards or gave away any information. He was the consummate pro.” — Jay Heimowitz
  • Won the 1980 WSOP Deuce-to-Seven event for $150,000 after defeating Doyle Brunson heads-up. Stu Ungar then asked to be staked for the Main Event, which worked out well for both of them when the 26-year-old “Kid” also outlasted Brunson.

Lester “Benny” Binion

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Lester Binion

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Lester Binion
Nickname: “Benny”
Born: 1904/11/20 (Pilot Grove, TX)
Died: 1989/12/25
Occupation: Casino Owner
Poker
Hall of Fame
1990
Quote: “The only bad luck for a good gambler is bad health. Any other setbacks are temporary aggravation.” — Benny Binion
  • After a dubious past involving moonshine, theft, and murder in Texas, drove his family in his maroon Cadillac to Las Vegas and became a legitimate casino owner with the motto, “Good food, good whiskey cheap, and a good gamble.”

David “Chip” Reese

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David Reese

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David Reese
Born: 1951/03/28 (Centerville, OH)
WSOP Main Event: 23rd (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 25
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,986,080
Poker
Hall of Fame
1991
Quote: “I had to make a choice between being a lawyer or a professional gambler. I chose the more honorable of the two.” — Chip Reese (on having chosen poker over Stanford Law School).
  • After he won his first WSOP bracelet in the 1978 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split, Doyle Brunson asked him to write the Seven-Card Stud chapter for Super System.
  • Great all-around player whose final WSOP bracelet was the 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.

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  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 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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  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.

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  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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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.

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

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2017 WSOP Main Event Winner – Scott Blumstein

[SS] “That was an awesome WSOP Main Event, wasn’t it?” Stan the Stat enthused.

[LL] “And I didn’t have to stay up all night to watch the end this time”, Leroy the Lion remarked.

[RR] “You’re up late anyway”, Roderick the Rock noted.

[LL] “Yes, but this time I was able to go to bed before the rest of the family woke up.”

[SS] “You could have gone to bed when heads-up started, and you wouldn’t have missed much.”

[LL] “But I kept hoping Dan Ott would wake up from his poker-induced coma.”

[FF] “A coma? What did I miss?” Figaro the Fish puzzled, joining in.

[SS] “The end of the Main Event. Did you see any of it?”

[FF] “No, although I heard some old British guy was having a ball.”

[SS] “Well, the recap goes like this… 7,221 players entered the arena, but only one could leave standing, I mean, sitting. The third biggest Main Event, behind only the 8,773 in 2006 and the 7,319 in 2010 ended almost four months earlier than the last nine did, as the November Nine was nixed. But two former November Niners kept the party going by returning to the final table six years (Ben Lamb) and eight years (Antoine Saout) later.1 Which was great because no women, no celebrities, and no former champs got anywhere near the final table.

John Hesp, who started in second with nearly a quarter of the chips but got no respect from the oddsmakers, was the best this final table had to offer. The retired Brit, a recreational player with a loud jacket and infectious enthusiasm, brought energy and aggressive play to the table until his stack was decimated by a cooler against Scott Blumstein.2

Blumstein, who almost became the first player to start the final table with a hundred million chips (97,250,000), nearly a third more than 2016’s chip leader Cliff Josephy, dominated the action after Hesp had a quick start, showing the table both bluffs and real hands. There were no very short stacks, but on just the fourth hand the bookies’ darling, Ben Lamb, who started with the fewest chips, made a standard shove with A♥9♥, ran into Jack Sinclair’s A♣Q♥ (all blanks on the board: 6♣5♦4♥3♣T♥), and was gone in ninth for an even million dollars.

Sinclair himself was out next, albeit a full sixty hands later, when he shoved with K♠J♠ and Bryan Piccioli woke up with A♠A♦.

Damian Salas exited in seventh on hand 102 with Aces in the hole when Ott rivered a wheel.

Piccioli was the short stack when he took a stand with A♣7♥, but he couldn’t pair his Ace to beat Ott’s K♠K♣ and was out in sixth.

Antoine Saout went to the rail in fifth when his three Jacks ran into Blumstein’s unlikely 7-high straight.

Hesp’s party ended when he desperately moved all-in with just 8♣7♣ and couldn’t catch Pollak’s A♦J♠. Actually, he had one last moment of fame during this World Series, as he announced, “Shuffle up and deal!” to start the final day of action.

The Main Event then almost finished on a double knockout for the first time,3. The short stack Benjamin Pollak had shoved with Q♣T♦, and Dan Ott tried to isolate and knock him out, overshoving with K♣9♦. But Blumstein called them both with the best hand, A♥Q♠. Ott survived when he hit top pair on the K♦J♠3♦ flop, and Pollak missed his straight draw and was out in third when the turn 4♣ and river 6♠ bricked.

Sixty-five hands later, it was Blumstein’s turn to get lucky. Having dominated heads-up play for the most part, Ott had begun a small comeback and was a single card away from doubling up to just a 3-to-2 deficit. Blumstein limped with A♥2♦, Ott shoved with A♦8♦, and Blumstein called. The board read J♠6♠5♥7♥, and Ott’s Eight was winning the hand until the 3-outer 2♥ paired Blumstein’s kicker and ended the tournament.”

[LL] “Too bad Ott chose to channel Gordon Vayo and his passive play from last year. I guess his lessons from Doug Polk hadn’t covered heads-up play yet.”

[RR] “But excellent big stack play by Blumstein. He certainly deserved the bracelet.”

[SS] “And the $8,150,000. Congratulations to him!”

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Summary

Dates 7/8/2017 to 7/23/2017
Players 7,221 (1,084 cashed)
Winner Scott Blumstein ($8,150,000, U.S.)
Runner-Up Dan Ott ($4,700,000)
Final Table Bubble Boy Michael Ruane (10th, $825,001)
Money Bubble Boy Roger Campbell,
Quan Zhou (1,085th)
Last Former Champ Standing Scotty Nguyen (549th, $22,449)
Last Woman Standing Yuan-Yuan Li (105th, $53,247)
Last Celebrity Standing Richard Seymour (did not cash)

Footnotes:

  1. Michael Ruane nearly went back-to-back to make it three repeat final tablists but instead was the final table bubble boy when his A♣6♣ failed to catch Damian Salas’s J♠J♦ two hands after losing a crippling race with A♥K♦ against Bryan Piccioli’s T♠T♣.
  2. Blumstein, pronounced with a short ‘u’ and a long ‘e’, converted Pocket Rockets into a full house, and Hesp couldn’t save any chips with his two pairs.
  3. The only final nine double knockout was in 1998 when eventual champion Scotty Nguyen took out Ben Roberts and Jan Lundberg in 6th and 7th place on the same hand to start the official final table with just five players.

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2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table Odds

[SS] “It’s not the November Nine anymore, but can I interest you guys in a three-way final table bet again?”, Stan the Stat asked.

[RR] “Always interested”, Stan the Stat asserted.

[LL] “Depends on the bet”, Leroy the Lion hesitated.

[SS] “We’ll let you pick first, so you have nothing to complain about.”

[LL] “Sounds good.”

[SS] “Pick one of these three groups:

  1. Scott Blumstein (1st in chips) and Damian Salas (6th).
  2. John Hesp (2nd), Bryan Piccioli (4th), and Dan Ott (5th).
  3. Benjamin Pollak (3rd), Antoine Saout (7th), Jack Sinclair (8th), and Ben Lamb (9th).”1

[LL] “I’ll take the last group. I’m partial to Lamb. Tough unless you cook it right but always tasty. Plus, how can I go wrong with two players who’ve already been to the Main Event final table?”2

[SS] “Roderick, you get the next pick.”

[RR] “I have to go with the chip leader with Salas as a bonus.”

[SS] “Okay, that leaves me with the underrated Hesp and two medium stacks. I can live with that.”

2017 Final Table Odds

Player Coral
Odds
Percent
With Vig3
True
Percent
ICM4
Percent
Diff
Scott Blumstein 2/1 33.3% 28.2% 27.0% 1.2%
John Hesp 4/1 20.0% 16.9% 23.8% -6.9%
Benjamin Pollak 5/1 16.7% 14.1% 9.8% 4.3%
Bryan Piccioli 6/1 14.3% 12.1% 9.4% 2.7%
Dan Ott 18/1 5.3% 4.5% 7.3% -2.9%
Damian Salas 14/1 6.7% 5.6% 6.1% -0.5%
Antoine Saout 10/1 9.1% 7.7% 6.0% 1.7%
Jack Sinclair 25/1 3.8% 3.3% 5.6% -2.3%
Ben Lamb 10/1 9.1% 7.7% 5.0% 2.7%
Totals 118.2% 100.0% 100.0%

Footnotes:

  1. Working with the True Percent column in the table, the three groups have a fairly even chance of winning: 33.83% to 33.45% to 32.72%.
  2. Saout finished third in 2009, and Lamb finished third in 2011. Amazingly, there was almost a third player, but Michael Ruane was the final table bubble boy after his fourth place finish last year.
  3. The Percent With Vig is simply the denominator of the odds divided by the sum of the numerator and denominator. The True Percent normalizes this by dividing by the total of 118.2%.
  4. ICM stands for Independent Chip Model.

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