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.

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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 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:

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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 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.

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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 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:

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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 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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    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 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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    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 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.

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 Fours

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

Bill Boyd

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Bill Boyd

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

Tom Abdo

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Tom Abdo

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

Joe Bernstein

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Joe Bernstein

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

Murph Harrold

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Murph Harrold

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

Footnotes:

  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 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.

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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