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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sevens

[LL] “The last group contains just the second member of the class of 2018”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sevens:”1

Lupe Soto

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Lupe Soto

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Lupe Soto
Born: 1958 (Milpitas, CA)
Occupation: Poker Promoter
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2018
Quote: “I founded the Women in Poker Hall of Fame because during my trek and my discovery I learned of these phenomenal women that had done something. I didn’t know who they were. They needed to be in the limelight.” — Lup Soto (May 16, 2018 Top Pair podcast).
  • Created the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Founded the Ladies International Poker Series in 2004.
  • CEO of the nonprofit Poker Gives. CEO of the Senior Poker Tour.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sixes

[LL] “The next group runs from 2014 to 2018 as the hall had switched to an every-even-year schedule”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sixes:”1

Allyn Shulman

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Allyn Shulman

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Allyn Shulman
Born: 1954 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 396th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 30
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,507,342
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: I’m happy for myself, but I’m happy for all women that I won this, showing that any woman can win a poker tournament. I’d like to see more of them out there playing, feeling comfortable with going at it with the boys and winning.” — Allyn Shulman (June 18, 2012 after winning the WSOP $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold ‘Em Championship).
  • Won 2012 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Seniors Championship for $603,713 from a field of 4,128 players.
  • Won 2013 Venetian Deepstacks $5,000 Championship for $293,966.
  • Married to poker pro Barry Shulman.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

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Victoria Coren Mitchell

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Victoria Coren Mitchell
Born: 1972/08/18 (London, England)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 2
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,470,243
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “I have made more money from poker than I have from writing and have done for a very long time now, but psychologically I think of my writing as a job and poker as my fun. I’m a professional writer with a very lucrative hobby.” — Victoria Coren (September 17, 2009 The Jewish Chronicle interview with Simon Round).
  • First player to win two European Poker Tour titles: London 2006 for $941,513 and Sanremo 2014 for $660,947.
  • Commentator for several British poker shows, including Late Night Poker and The Poker Nations Cup.

Debbie Burkhead

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Debbie Burkhead

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Debbie Burkhead
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Businesswoman and Promoter
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “I’ve made some changes in my lifestyle and plan to play more poker and enjoy life… I see so many poker players who do not take care of themselves… Poker does require proper eating, plenty of rest and a good mental state. I plan to live a long time and hopefully [win] a WSOP bracelet.” — Debbie Burkhead (December 13, 2007 PokerNews interview not long after a heart attack).
  • Wrote the bimonthly “Debbie Does Poker” column in Poker Player Newspaper for over a decade; has won ten tournaments in Hold ‘Em, Seven-Card Stud, and H.O.R.S.E. since 1996.
  • Cofounded Poker Player Cruises in 2010.

Maria Ho

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Maria Ho

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Maria Ho
Born: 1983/03/06 (Taipei, Taiwan)
WSOP Main Event: 38th (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,843,537
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2018
Quote: “I have been able to follow in [my parents’] steps, to put in a lot of hard work. I am happy to always start from the bottom of something and to work my way up. I know that if you ever want to be good at something, you have to dedicate a lot of time, effort, and energy. I have never shied away from that. I think, honestly, that is what makes me successful in poker.” — Maria Ho (2015 Card Player interview).
  • Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event in both 2007 and 2014.
  • Finished 2nd in 2011 WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em for $540,020.
  • Appeared on the 15th season of Amazing Race with Tiffany Michelle.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[LL] “The next group spans 2011 to 2014”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fives:”1

Phyllis Caro

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Phyllis Caro

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Phyllis Caro
Born: 1947/06/17 (New York)
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “Phyllis was instrumental in helping stop dealer abuse. Players were given warnings and then time out (yes, like children). Poker was changed forever once management took a stance against dealer abuse.” — Patricia Chavira (February 14, 2017, Gaming Today)
  • Created the first non-smoking tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
  • Became Casino Manager at Hollywood Park Casino and then was promoted to Director of Poker Operations.
  • Helped then-husband Mike write his books.

Kathy Raymond

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Kathy Raymond

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Kathy Raymond
Born: New York
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “One of the biggest changes… is the poker skill and talent that has emerged from poker players in all walks of life. It used to be that the recreational player didn’t stand a chance against the pros but with the availability of training materials, boot camps, and… other… poker education the playing field has leveled a bit.” — Kathy Raymond (August 21, 2012 PokerNews interview).
  • Became Director of Poker Operations at the Venetian Resort and Hotel after leading Foxwoods Casino into the WPT.
  • Placed 20th in her very first WSOP event, the 2009 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., but is primarily a cash game player.

J.J. Liu

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J.J. Liu

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J.J. Liu
Born: 1965/04/10 (Taipei, Taiwan)
WSOP Main Event: 442nd (2017)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 43
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,256,004
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: ” I think playing against women is a lot harder because we think alike and it’s difficult to bluff them off the best hand. But I have a lot of fun playing women’s events because it’s a bit more relaxing. I really enjoy the table talk we have.” — J.J. Liu (2007 interview with Kelli Griggs).
  • Finished 2nd in 2007 WPT Bay 101 $10,000 Championship Event for $600,000 (highest female WPT Main Event finish).
  • Has final tabled three WSOP events, including a 3rd place finish in the 2010 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘Em for $86,512.

Deborah Giardina

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Deborah Giardina

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Deborah Giardina
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Operations VP
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “Deborah Giardina is… quite familiar to me and someone I have come to know and respect over the years. She’s been one of the top poker room managers in the country for a long time (not just women managers, but overall)… One of the best in the business.” — Nolan Dalla (May 1, 2014 blog post).
  • Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida.
  • Former Director of Poker Operations at the Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[LL] “The next group finishes 2010 and starts 2011”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fours:”1

Kathy Liebert

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Kathy Liebert

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Kathy Liebert
Born: 1967/10/01 (Nashville, TN)
WSOP Main Event: 17th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 54
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $6,251,476
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “In the 90s there were hardly any woman at all. They were saying I was the best woman player which was a compliment, but there were only a few women playing. So when people called me the best woman player I’d say, ‘Can you even name five other woman players?’ — Kathy Liebert (July 16, 2017 PokerListings Interview with Matthew Showell).
  • First woman to win $1 million in a poker tourney (2002 Party Poker Million Cruise).
  • Won 2004 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout for $110,180.
  • In the top fifteen in WPT cashes (21) and final tables (6).

Billie Brown

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Billie Brown

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Billie Brown
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Marketing Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Billie Brown will be remembered as a savvy and accomplished poker player, a poker visionary, and a mother of three daughters and grandmother of three. Her influence lives on today, as poker continues to grow exponentially with opportunities for so many… just as she envisioned.” — Women in Poker Hall of Fame biography (2010).
  • Worked as a Ford model and dated Rat Packer Peter Lawford.
  • Was the first tournament organizer to offer a guaranteed purse in the early 1980s (Draw for the Gold Tournament had $350,000 guarantee at the Riviera Hotel).

Margie Heintz

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Margie Heintz

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Margie Heintz
Born: 1964 (Montana)
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “I came to Las Vegas in 1976 and began to work for Bill Boyd at the Golden Nugget. Through that process I met Jack Straus and dealt his tournament at the Marina, a casino on the strip. From there I met Cowboy Wolford and he recommended me to Benny Binion to deal the World Series of Poker.” — Margie Heintz (September 29, 2011 Ante Up magazine interview).
  • Became the first female WSOP dealer in 1977, including the Main Event final table that aired on CBS.
  • Director of Poker Operations at El Dorado Casino in Reno.

Kristy Gazes

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Kristy Gazes

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Kristy Gazes
Born: 1967/10/28 (Torrance, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 200th (2013)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,042,999
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “[If I had a daughter], I would lock her up and throw away the key. I would not let her play poker for a living. I don’t think it’s a good environment for women, or anyone for that matter. It takes a certain kind of person, and you gotta be a little crazy to want to gamble for a living.” — Kristy Gazes (September 21, 2007 PokerNews interview with Steve Horton).
  • Won 2005 $20k NLHE FullTiltPoker.Net Championship for $250,000 and 2007 WPT Ladies Invitational for $25,000.
  • Final tabled 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event, finishing 7th for $174,961.

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

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Treys

[LL] “The next group covers 2009 and part of 2010”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Jan Fisher

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Jan Fisher

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Jan Fisher
Born: 1956/04/02 (Seattle, WA)
Occupation: Poker Businesswoman and Instructor
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2009
Quote: “[Poker’s] an honourable industry. It’s finally earned the respect it deserves.” — Jan Fisher (comparing the poker boom to the 1970s when she first started playing in a July 23, 2005 interview for The Record).
  • Co-founded the Tournament Directors Association and the Poker Gives charity.
  • Penned Card Player’s “Poker 101” column for a decade.
  • Final tabled WSOP Ladies Championship in 1988 (3rd), 1990 (8th), and 2001 (6th).

Cyndy Violette

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Cyndy Violette

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Cyndy Violette
Born: 1959/08/19 (Queens, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 400th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 44
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,407,044
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2009
Quote: “I love my life. I can do whatever I want. When they legalized poker in Atlantic City, I wasn’t sure if I was going to move here. So there were months before I bouth my house that I lived at the Taj Mahal. I became friendly with Donald and Marla [Trump].” — Cyndy Violette (October 27, 1996 The New York Times interview with Bill Kent).
  • Won 2004 WSOP $2,000 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament for $135,900.
  • Finished 3rd in 1996 WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $39,000 and 2nd in 2005 WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em for $295,970.

June Field

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June Field

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June Field
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Businesswoman
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2009
Quote: “I wanted a media vehicle that would be a reliable source for advertisers and readers alike… one they could turn to and find out what’s happening, where it’s happening, and who is making it happen. Our slogan was ‘the magazine for those who play to win’.” — June Field (referring to creating Card Player magazine, 2009).
  • Won 1982 WSOP $500 Ladies Seven-Card Stud for $16,000.
  • Founded Card Player magazine in 1988 and later created Card Player Cruises and Classic Poker Cruises.

Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman
Born: 1964/11/29 (Reno, NV)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 35
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,739,645
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
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.

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

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

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

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Deuces

[LL] “The deck isn’t even half complete, but here are the first 21 inductees in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame”, Leroy the Lion stated.

“Here are the Deuces, the hall’s four initial members in 2008:”1

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: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,655,646
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
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.

Susie Isaacs

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Susie Isaacs

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Susie Isaacs
Born: 1946/12/18 (Nashville, TN)
WSOP Main Event: 10th (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 17
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $491,905
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “The main poker rooms [in the ’80s] were more than I could bear with the male intimidation factor. I got interested in playing poker socially when I discovered ladies poker tournaments… With the many friends I made, we often would go in ‘herds’ to play live poker and have each other for moral support.” — Susie Isaacs (2007 Ladies Poker Association interview).
  • Won WSOP Ladies Championships in 1996 and 1997 in Seven-Card Stud.
  • Also finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, and 15th in the WSOP Ladies Championship.
  • Has written four poker books, including Queens Can Beat Kings.

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: $402,113
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
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.

Marsha Waggoner

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Marsha Waggoner

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Marsha Waggoner
Born: 1940/01/11 (Brisbane, Australia)
WSOP Main Event: 12th (1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 23
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $954,943
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “We have different styles. She’s more straightforward. A solid player. I play much more situational, creative.” — Kenna James (comparing his poker to his wife Marsha Waggoner in a 2006 interview with Steve Rosenbloom; they separated a couple of years later).
  • Last Woman Standing in 1993 (19th) and 1997 (12th) WSOP Main Events.
  • Has three WSOP Top-3 finishes: 1992 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split (2nd), 1995 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split (3rd), and 1999 $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better (3rd).

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

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

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Queens

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

Qui Nguyen

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Qui Nguyen

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

Scott Blumstein

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Scott Blumstein

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

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

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

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Jacks

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

Greg Merson

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Greg Merson

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

Ryan Riess

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Ryan Riess

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Ryan Riess
Born: 1990/04/19 (Pontiac, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2013)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,652,531
Quote: “I just think that I’m the best player in the world.” — Ryan Riess (in an interview with Kara Scott moments after winning the Main Event on November 5, 2013).
  • Invested most of his Main Event winnings in stocks, including Apple, Disney, Facebook, and Union Pacific.

Martin Jacobson

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Martin Jacobson

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

Joe McKeehen

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Joe McKeehen

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

Footnotes:

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

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

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

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

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Tens

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

Peter Eastgate

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Peter Eastgate

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

Joe Cada

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Joe Cada

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Joe “The Kid” Cada
Born: 1987/11/18 (Shelby Charter, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 28
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,516,488
Quote: “It still has not hit me yet. I don’t know what to think… I have really put a lot into this. I have been playing poker for some time, and to come here and win it in my very first year — I feel very fortunate.” — Joe Cada (2009).
  • Became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event (21 years, 11 months, and 22 days), beating Peter Eastgate’s year-old record by almost a year.

Jonathan Duhamel

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Jonathan Duhamel

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

Pius Heinz

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Pius Heinz

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

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

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

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

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Nines

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

Greg Raymer

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Greg Raymer

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

Joe Hachem

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Joe Hachem

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Joe “Diamond Joe” Hachem
Born: 1966/03/11 (Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 26
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $12,261,052
Quote: “Nothing in sport is more transformational. It’s like American Idol #133.” — Joe Hachem (when asked about the 2005 WSOP Main Event).
  • Moved to Australia at age six.
  • Finished 10th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event for $25,850 and his first WSOP cash just three days before the 2005 Main Event began.

Jamie Gold

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Jamie Gold

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

Jerry Yang

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Jerry Yang

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

Footnotes:

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

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

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

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

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

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