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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Jokers

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

Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey

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

David “Devilfish” Ulliott

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David Ulliott

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

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    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

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

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Aces

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

John “Luckbox” Juanda

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John Juanda

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John Juanda
Born: 1971/07/08 (Medan, Indonesia)
WSOP Main Event: 31st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 66
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $20,748,954
Poker
Hall of Fame
2015
Quote: “I actually love to play all the different games because they help keep my mind sharp. But, if I could only play one game for the rest of my live, I’d go with No Limit Hold ‘Em.” — John Juanda (January 6, 2009 PokerNews interview).
  • Won the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $1,580,096.
  • Led the Bluff Power Ranking for its first four years beginning in 2004.
  • Goes by “John” but his full first name is “Johnson”.

Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman

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

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen

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

Todd “Darkhorse” Brunson

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

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

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

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Kings

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

Tom “Grand Rapids Tom” McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,034,640
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” — Tom McEvoy.
  • Was the first satellite winner to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Helped organize the first smoke-free tournament in 1998 and eventually persuaded almost all tournament directors to ban smoking.

Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,932,744
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “Playing the Big One, Baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe — it’s definitely a real natural high, Baby!” — Scotty Nguyen (1998).
  • Satellited into the 1998 WSOP Main Event backed by Mike Matusow.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu
Born: 1974/07/26 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 11th (2001, 2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 103
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $34,093,588
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “My first trip to Las Vegas was here, in Binion’s Horseshoe, downstairs. I brought a $3,000 bankroll, and about 24 hours later, I had a lot of free time on my hands.” — Daniel Negreanu (during his Poker Hall of Fame induction on November 9, 2014).
  • Only player to be named WSOP Player of the Year twice (2004 & 2013); also WPT Player of the Year 2004-05.
  • Became the first player to win bracelets in the WSOP Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific in a career in 2013.

Jack McClelland

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

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

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

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Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Queens

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

Barry “Robin Hood of Poker” Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein
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
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
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
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If your opponent raises, and you reraise, and your opponent puts in the third raise, and you have two kings, you’re a huge Underdog to most everyone.” — Sailor Roberts (quoted by Bobby Hoff in Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II [back when the game was much tighter preflop]).
  • Born as Bryan but earned his nickname from his four years in the Navy.
  • Won the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event the year before his Main Event bracelet.
  • Grew up in San Angelo, Texas.

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the now-defunct 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
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
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
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
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 101
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $32,462,833
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Think your way through all situations. When things have gone badly, sit there just as tough as you were when you came in. That can be very discouraging to other players.” — Erik Seidel.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in both 1988 (2nd) and 1999 (4th).
  • Recorded his first career live tournament cash in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

Footnotes:

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

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

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

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Stan’s Lists – Most WSOP Cashes Without a Bracelet

[SS] “Who do you think is the best poker player without a WSOP bracelet?” Stan the Stat queried.

[RR] “I don’t know, but it’s probably some German player who doesn’t even play in the WSOP”, Roderick the Rock suggested.

[SS] “Among those who generally play in the WSOP then.”

[LL] “I remember when we first had this same discussion about seven years ago”, Leroy the Lion contributed. “Pretty much everyone thought Tom Dwan would quickly win a bracelet as soon as he started playing WSOP events. Didn’t happen.”1

[SS] “We were definitely biased by the pros we saw on TV. Like Gus Hansen (who won his only bracelet in Europe in 2010) and Patrik Antonius (who finished third once but hasn’t cashed since 2011).”

[RR] “There was your list of players who’d won on the WPT and EPT but not the WSOP.”

[SS] “Sure. Mohsin Charania, Moritz Kranich, Andrey Pateychuk, and Roberto Romanello. Oh, and Canadian Mike Watson joined the list this year. He’d probably get my vote from that group.”

[LL] “Some of the top WPT players are probably candidates. Chino Rheem hasn’t won a WSOP bracelet yet, right?”

[SS] “He’s a good pick. He has a record-tying three WPT bracelets and over $2.5 million in WSOP cashes, including six final tables.

A bunch of players with two WPT bracelets have been shut out on the WSOP as well. The best of those are probably Matt Giannetti, who’s made over $3.6 million at the WSOP, and Jonathan Little, who’s become famous as a trainer lately.2

And I’d also include Nam Le, who only has one WPT bracelet but has reached six final tables, which is in the top ten.”

[LL] “I suppose you have a list for us that answers the question objectively?”

[SS] “Nope… I have three.3

Most WSOP Cashes Without a Bracelet

Rank Cashes Player
1 73 Tony Cousineau
2 59 Tom McCormick
Roland Israelashvili
4 53 Shannon Shorr
Yueqi Zhu
6 50 Allen Kessler
7 45 Tom Koral
Mark Gregorich
9 44 Victor Ramdin
Nam Le

Cousineau’s total is ninth all-time! But his style is geared toward cashing; Kessler plays that way too. On this list, I like Le the best.”

[SS] “Even more frustrated are the players who’ve made many final tables without a victory…

Most WSOP Final Tables Without a Bracelet

Rank Final Tables Player
1 12 Tom McCormick
John Racener
3 11 Stephen Chidwick
Surinder Sunar
5 10 Dave Crunkleton
Mike Watson
Trai “Danny” Dang
8 9 Brian Nadell
Chad Brown
Gabriel Nassif
Ismael Bojang
Jon Turner
Kirill Gerasimov
Mark Gregorich
Stan Goldstein

Only McCormick (2nd and 1st) and Gregorich (9th and 8th) are on both lists. I’d take Watson over both of them, but McCormick is obviously a great choice too.

One player who may deserve the title of ‘Best Poker Player Who Never Won a WSOP Bracelet’ just missed this list. Jesse Alto made eight final tables back when there were many fewer events to play.

{ July 4, 2016 Update: Andrew Lichtenberger, who had made seven final tables, just won the $3,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event on his eighth shot to stay off of this list. }

Cousineau, Minh Ly, Matthew Glantz, Shannon Shorr, and Chis Klodnicki also have reached eight final tables.

By the way, the top women are Marsha Waggoner, with 7 final tables, Esther Rossi (6), Phyllis Meyers (5), and Mimi Tran, J.J. Liu, and Karina Jett (4 each).”

[SS] “We can also look at the players who’ve won the most money at the WSOP without a bracelet; at least these players have some prize money to show for their work!

Most WSOP Winnings Without a Bracelet

Rank WSOP Earnings Player Notes
1 $11,270,518 Sam Trickett $10,112,001 from 2nd place in 2012 Big One for One Drop
2 $7,764,906 John Racener $5,545,955 from 2nd place in 2010 Main Event (also 2nd in 2014 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Split)
3 $6,501,745 Ivan Demidov $5,809,595 from 2nd place in 2008 Main Event (also 3rd in 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event)
4 $6,464,639 Paul Wasicka $6,102,499 from 2nd place in 2006 Main Event
5 $5,850,215 Jesse Sylvia $5,295,149 from 2nd place in 2012 Main Event
6 $5,512,183 Martin Staszko $5,433,086 from 2nd place in 2011 Main Event
7 $5,446,235 Joseph Cheong $4,130,049 from 3rd place in 2010 Main Event (over $5 million in non-WSOP winnings)
8 $5,366,032 Dennis Phillips $4,517,773 from 3rd place in 2008 Main Event
9 $5,871,187 Chris Klodnicki $2,985,495 from 2nd place in 2013 One Drop High Roller and $896,935 from 2nd place in 2012 Poker Players Championship (also 12th in 2008 Main Event)
10 $5,202,205 Jay Farber $5,174,357 from 2nd place in 2013 Main Event

Only Racener is also on one of the other lists, ranking second in final tables (he also has 38 cashes, just missing that list). Chris Klodnicki is the other player who didn’t get on this list by virtue of just a single big second or third place finish in a Main Event or One Drop.”

Footnotes:

  1. Dwan was the runner-up in the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em in 2010 but has no WSOP cashes since 2011.
  2. The other players with two WPT bracelets and zero WSOP bracelets are Mohsin Charania, Cornel Cimpan, Darren Elias, Randal Flowers, Alan Goehring, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Tommy Vedes.
  3. { July 3, 2016 Update } Israelashvili has tied McCormick for the second most cashes. Racener and Chidwick have tied McCormick for most final tables.
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Stan’s Lists – High Roller Poker Tournaments

[SS] “Do you guys remember a TV game show called High Rollers in the 1970s?” Stan the Stat wondered.

[RR] “Sure, that was with Alex Trebek before he became famous for Jeopardy!“, Roderick the Rock offered. “Big dice, Shut the Box rules with a bonus roll for doubles.”

[LL] “I was a bigger fan of The Joker’s Wild, but I watched it a few times”, Leroy the Lion acknowledged. “I like anything with trivia, but their questions were a bit too easy.”

[RR] “Especially for the size of the prizes. By the standards of the time, the players were definitely high rollers. I remember one episode where two contestants combined to win over $30,000 and a new car.”1

[SS] “But even though they were rolling dice, they weren’t the kind of high rollers casinos are looking for. Casinos have entire departments of employees whose job is to bring in whales to gamble and lose, not win. Slot machines may bring in a steady rake of profit, but high rollers can dump hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars during each visit, so they’re comped free rooms, food, drinks, and entertainment as long as they keep gambling.

For many of these players, the thrill of gambling requires betting large enough amounts to make it exciting. Table limits and poker buyins keep going up. At one point, a poker tournament was considered to be a High Roller affair if the buyin exceeded the $10,000 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. The threshold went from $15,000 to $20,000 to $25,000 to $50,000. Then the Aussie Millions claimed the first A$100,000 buyin ($73,290) in 2006. By 2011, when they added a A$250,000 buyin ($247,256) event Down Under, six-figure buyin events were set to explode. The number of $100,000 buyin events2 jumped from one in 2010 to five in 2011:

$100,000+ Buyin Poker Tournaments by Year

Year Events
2006 1
2007 1
2008 1
2009 1
2010 1
2011 5
2012 8
2013 10
2014 13
2015 10

The following year, the World Series of Poker set the current high-water mark with the biennial one million dollar buyin for the Big One for One Drop.

Since then, the next biggest buyin event has been the Aria $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl in 2015, which returns this year with a $300,000 buyin.

The various Aussie Millions A$250,000 events come next, peaking at a converted worth of $263,925 in 2013, mixed in with the two million Hong Kong dollar Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller in 2012, which worked out to $257,854.

The $100+K buyin events with the most players have been the two $111,111 One Drop High Rollers with 166 players in 2013 and 135 players in 2015. No other field has topped 100, even counting rebuys.

Top High Rollers

Unfortunately, no official records exist for how many rebuys players have made, so we don’t know if players who cashed even made a profit. We also don’t know who sold off pieces of their action or how much. But we do know who the winners are. Daniel Colman was the first player to win three of these events, all in 2014, and Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel3 matched the record in 2015. Brian Rast, Dan Smith, Fabian Quoss, Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Philipp Gruissem, Sam Trickett, Steve O’Dwyer, and Tom Marchese have each won two. Here are the resumes of these dozen big-time high rollers, roughly sorted from best to worst:

Erik Seidel

  • 1st 2011 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2011 WPT World Poker Classic $100,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2015 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller
  • 2nd 2007 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 2nd 2013 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller
  • 3rd 2011 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 3rd 2014 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 4th 2014 Bellagio $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Super High Roller
  • 5th 2015 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 6th 2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 7th 2015 Aria $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl

Phil Ivey

  • 1st 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2015 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 2nd 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 5th 2016 WPT Philippines $200,000 Super High Roller
  • 8th 2012 Macau HK$2,000,000 High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller
  • 10th 2006 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge

Daniel Colman

  • 1st 2014 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop
  • 1st 2014 WPT Alpha8 London €60,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 3rd 2014 Aria Super High Roller $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max
  • 6th 2016 WPT Philippines $200,000 Super High Roller

Jason Mercier

  • 1st 2011 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller
  • 1st 2014 WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 2nd 2013 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller
  • 2nd 2014 Bellagio Summer High Roller $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max
  • 3rd 2014 WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 3rd 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge

Sam Trickett

  • 1st 2011 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 1st 2013 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 2nd 2011 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 2nd 2012 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop
  • 7th 2012 Macau HK$2,000,000 High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller

Fabian Quoss

  • 1st 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 3rd 2013 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 4th 2016 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 5th 2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller

Brian Rast

  • 1st 2015 Aria $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl
  • 1st 2013 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller
  • 3rd 2014 WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 3rd 2014 Aria Super High Roller II $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max

Tom Marchese

  • 1st 2012 WPT World Championship $100,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2014 Aria Super High Roller II $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max
  • 3rd 2014 Bellagio Summer High Roller $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max
  • 6th 2015 Aria $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl

Steve O’Dwyer

  • 1st 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller
  • 1st 2016 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
  • 4th 2016 WPT Philippines $200,000 Super High Roller

Philipp Gruissem

  • 1st 2013 WPT Alpha8 London €100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 1st 2013 WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 5th 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller

Fedor Holz

  • 1st 2015 WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em
  • 1st 2016 WPT Philippines $200,000 Super High Roller
  • 6th 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge

Dan Smith

  • 1st 2012 Aussie Millions $100,000 Hold ‘Em Challenge
  • 1st 2014 Bellagio Summer High Roller $100,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Eight Max

Honorable mention to Antonio Esfandiari, for having won the largest prize in poker history by taking down the 2012 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $18,346,673, and to Jonathan Duhamel, for being the only WSOP Main Event champion to win one of these events, the 2015 WSOP $111,111 High Roller for One Drop.”

[LL] “I’m surprised that Daniel Negreanu isn’t on your list.”

[SS] “Amazingly, he has yet to win a six-digit High Roller. He’s come very close several times, notably placing second to Colman in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. He’s reached eight final tables, so it’ll happen soon enough.”

[FF] “Are there any female high rollers?”

Female High Rollers

[SS] “Only two women have had any real success in the high rollers, and only Vanessa Selbst has won an event:

Vanessa Selbst

  • 1st 2015 Aria $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
  • 3rd 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller

Kathy Lehne

  • 2nd 2014 WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts $100,000 No Limit Hold’em
  • 6th 2015 WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas $100,000 No Limit Hold’em
  • 8th 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller”

[RR] “Who’s Kathy Lehne?”

[SS] “Lehne is a businesswoman, the President and CEO of Sun Coast Resources, a fuel distribution company in Houston that she founded in 1985. She had a few other small cashes a few years back, and her next cash should bring her over the $1,000,000 mark in career winnings. Of course, her next cash could alone be for over $1,000,000!”

Footnotes:

  1. The episode can be found on YouTube.
  2. “High Roller” events are defined here as $100,000 or higher buyin tournaments, with allowances made for currency fluctuations that technically dropped most of the A$100,000 Aussie Millions under the threshold (all but 2012 and 2013). The WPT Alpha8 London €60,000 No Limit Hold’em was also deemed “close enough” at $96,000. So far, all these events have been No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, but it wouldn’t be surprising if another type of poker, like Omaha, had a $100,000 buyin soon.
  3. Seidel was the first player to win two $100,000+ High Roller tournaments, back in 2011, two years before Sam Trickett and Philipp Gruissem. And for completeness sake, John Juanda was the first to win one, as he took down the inaugural A$100,000 Aussie Millions in 2006.
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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Jokers

[SS] “The two Jokers complete the deck as two players who were too important to leave out”, Stan the Stat remarked. “Here are the Jokers:1

Chris Moneymaker – black joker

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Chris Moneymaker

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Chris Moneymaker – black joker
Born: 1975/11/21 (Atlanta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 4
WPT Titles: 0
Career Earnings: $3,613,059
Quote: “I was a little underestimated because no one knew who I was. If I can win it, anybody can.” — Chris Moneymaker (2003).
  • First online qualifier to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Following his Main Event victory, the number of entrants jumped from 839 to 2,576 to 5,619 to 8,773.

Daniel Negreanu – red joker

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Daniel Negreanu

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Daniel Negreanu – red joker
Born: 1974/07/26 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 11th (2001, 2015)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 92
WPT Titles: 2
Career Earnings: $32,619,168
Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “My first trip to Las Vegas was here, in Binion’s Horseshoe, downstairs. I brought a $3,000 bankroll, and about 24 hours later, I had a lot of free time on my hands.” — Daniel Negreanu (during his Poker Hall of Fame induction on November 9, 2014).
  • Only player to be named WSOP Player of the Year twice (2004 & 2013); also WPT Player of the Year 2004-05.
  • Became the first player to win bracelets in the WSOP Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific in 2013.

Footnotes:

  1. Other players who merited inclusion in the deck but were regretfully left out include Berry Johnston, David Chiu, and Gary Berland (five WSOP bracelets each); Bobby Baldwin (four bracelets); Dewey Tomko and Jack Keller (three bracelets); a host of WSOP Main Event winners; Carlos Mortensen, Erick Lindgren, Howard Lederer, J.C. Tran, and Freddy Deeb (multiple WPT title winners), Scott Seiver and Sam Trickett (top money earners); et al.

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    Stats current as of November 14, 2016.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Aces

[SS] “The Aces are the Old Guard, players who were already playing poker before you and I were born”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Aces:1

Amarillo Slim Preston – Old Guard

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Amarillo Slim Preston – Old Guard
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.

Doyle Brunson – Old Guard

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Doyle Brunson – Old Guard
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.

Johnny Moss – Old Guard

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Johnny Moss – Old Guard
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).
  • Tied with Phil Ivey for the most WSOP bracelets in a decade (7 in the 1970s).
  • Played a 5-month heads-up marathon against Nick “the Greek” Dandolos in 1949 and won between two and four million dollars.

Puggy Pearson – Old Guard

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Puggy Pearson – Old Guard
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.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Old Guard players include Bill Boyd, Nick Dandolos, et al.

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Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Kings

[SS] “The Kings are the Non-Hold ‘Em Bracelet Winners, players who have won multiple WSOP bracelets without winning any in Texas Hold ‘Em”, Stan the Stat indicated. “Here are the Kings:1

Billy Baxter – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Billy Baxter – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1940 (Augusta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 22nd (1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WSOP Cashes: 34
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,429,312
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”.

David Sklansky – Non-Hold ‘Em

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David Sklansky – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1947/11/22 (Hackensack, NJ)
WSOP Main Event: 27th (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 40
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,368,869
Quote: “What stops me from being number one is I can’t think as quickly as some people. If everybody had a minute to make a decision, I’d be pretty close to being the best.” — David Sklansky (June 16, 2010 Stacked magazine interview).

Jeff Lisandro – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Jeff Lisandro – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1966 (Perth, Australia)
WSOP Main Event: 17th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 61
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $5,442,449
Quote: “I’ll take your head off!” — Jeff Lisandro (to Prahlad Friedman, who accused him of failing to ante during a hand in the 2006 WSOP Main Event; video evidence proved Lisandro correct, as it was a third player who was short).
  • Named 2009 WSOP POY with victories in three stud events.
  • Won a Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific to join Daniel Negreanu with WSOP bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Phil Ivey – Non-Hold ‘Em

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Phil Ivey – Non-Hold ‘Em
Born: 1976/02/01 (Riverside, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 7th (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 56
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $23,856,034
Quote: “I want to win 30 [bracelets].” — Phil Ivey (2005).
  • Was the 2003 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy.
  • Has won a record ten non-Hold ‘Em bracelets.
  • Owns a record five mixed game bracelets.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Non-Hold ‘Em players include Gary Berland, et al.

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    Stats current as of November 14, 2016.

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