Category Archives: WSOP

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.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Eights

[LL] “The Eights run from to 2000 to 2003”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Chris Ferguson

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Chris Ferguson

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Chris “Jesus” Ferguson
Born: 1963/04/11 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 97
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,971,790
Quote: “Take a break from the game. Often, stepping away can give you a fresh perspective and heightened motivation to play well when you return.” — Chris Ferguson.
  • Won his first bracelet and reached two other final tables in the weeks before his 2000 WSOP Main Event championship.
  • Won the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $500,000.

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen

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Carlos “El Matador” 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.

Robert Varkonyi

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Robert Varkonyi

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Robert Varkonyi
Born: 1961/10/07 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2002)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,306,777
Quote: “I was totally focused, played nearly perfect poker, and caught a few lucky breaks. I played very gutsy and with no fear. But today it’s different; when I won it we were only 631 entrants. Now you need even more luck and also more endurance.” — Robert Varkonyi (2002)
  • Last Former Champ Standing in the 2011 WSOP, finishing 514th; also finished 177th in 2007.
  • Won the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $500 No Limit Hold ‘Em for $65,032 for his second biggest cash.

Chris Moneymaker

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Chris Moneymaker

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Chris “Money” Moneymaker
Born: 1975/11/21 (Atlanta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,714,146
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.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sevens

[LL] “The Sevens run from to 1995 to 1999”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Dan Harrington

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Dan Harrington

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Dan “Action 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.

Huck Seed

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Huck Seed

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Huck “Iceman” Seed
Born: 1969/01/15 (Santa Clara, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $7,647,267
Quote: “I think playing all the games makes it fun and different, it just kind of keeps it fresh. There are so many different forms of poker, it’s great that the World Series has every different event.” — Huck Seed (May 29, 2009 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Has a sister named Caraway and brothers Cotton and Leif.
  • Was attending CalTech when he discovered poker and dropped out.
  • Won the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship for $500,000.

Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,939,878
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.

Noel Furlong

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Noel Furlong

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Noel Furlong
Born: 1937/12/25 (Dublin, Ireland)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1999)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,145,806
Quote: “I worked hard, but it was 99 percent luck.” — Noel Furlong (May 13, 1999 after winning the WSOP Main Event).
  • J.J., who earned his nickname by being born on Christmas Day, owned a successful carpet-making business before learning poker under the tutelage of Terry Rogers.
  • Exited in 6th from the 1989 Main Event when Johnny Chan picked off his bluff.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The Sixes run from to 1991 to 1994”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty
Born: 1951/07/05 (Mountain Grove, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,825,415
Quote: “As anyone that has been here [in the Philippines] knows, there are lots of homeless kids and people living in poverty. I am always helping kids and families that I see in need. I thought, why not just auction the bracelet off and use it where it could do some good, rather than just let it sit in the US in a safe deposit box.” — Brad Daugherty (July 2011, auctioning off his Main Event bracelet).
  • Worked in construction and welding before moving to Las Vegas to become a poker pro in 1978.
  • Finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event just two years after winning.

Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi
Born: 1952 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,826,357
Quote: “They say it’s [his Main Event bracelet] worth $5,000, but I’d take $1,500 for it.” — Hamid Dastmalchi (moments before he sold it to Ted Forrest for three $500 poker chips around 2002).
  • Had immigrated to the U.S. to be a real estate developer before discovering Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Reached the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1995, finishing fourth.

James Bechtel

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James Bechtel

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James “Jim” Bechtel
Born: 1952 (Arizona?)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1993)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,566,705
Quote: “John [Bonetti] pretty much had the lead the entire tournament, so I always had a few less chips than he did. But I felt real comfortable because John was a guy that really gambled and like to take risks out of position. I thought I could eventual trap him and I did.” — Jim Bechtel (July 7, 2013 Las Vegas Sun, on knocking Bonetti out in 3rd place in the 1993 WSOP Main Event)
  • Worked in Coolidge, Arizona as a cotton farmer when he started playing poker.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1988, when he finished 6th for $49,000.
  • Finished 4th in the 2006 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $549,120.

Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton
Born: 1948 (Detroit, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1994)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,526,243
Quote: “Jack [Binion] still owes me 30 pounds more of silver if he wants to pay me, because I really weighed 360 pounds when I got weighed for the silver in 1994.” — Russ Hamilton (June 16, 2008 PokerNews interview with Tom Sexton where he admitted he claimed to be only 330 pounds out of embarrassment when he maxed out the scale at 300).
  • As Main Event champion during the 25th WSOP, Hamilton earned 43 silver bars then valued at $28,512.
  • Worked as a consultant for Ultimate Bet, where he infamously took advantage of hole card information to cheat.

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 Fives

[LL] “The Fives run from to 1986 to 1990”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Berry “Numbers” Johnston

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Berry Johnston

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Berry “Numbers” 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.

Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny “Orient Express” Chan
Born: 1957 (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.

Phil Hellmuth

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Phil Hellmuth

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Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth
Born: 1964/07/16 (Madison, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 14
WSOP Cashes: 128
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $22,227,568
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).

Mansour Matloubi

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Mansour Matloubi

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Mansour Matloubi
Born: 1953 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 14
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,018,561
Quote: “While this isn’t a case that has been ruled on in the court of law, the evidence is overwhelmingly one-sided that, at the very least, these two men [Matloubi and Russ Hamilton] were involved in cheating players out of millions [by looking at player’s hole cards on UltimateBet].” — Daniel Negreanu (February 20, 2015 blog post).
  • First non-American to win the WSOP Main Event and the last winner to earn under a million dollars ($835,000).
  • Also finished 4th in the WSOP Main Event in 1993 and 16th in 1994.
  • Part-owner of Ultimate Bet.

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  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 Fours

[LL] “The Fours run from to 1982 to 1985”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Jack Straus

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Jack Straus

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Jack “Treetop” 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.

Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,042,761
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.

Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller

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Jack Keller

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Jack “Gentleman 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.

Bill Smith

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Bill Smith

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Bill Smith
Born: 1934 (Texas)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1985)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $1,055,488
Quote: “Well, holidays and weekends are amateur nights. Real drinkers go out during the week.” — Bill Smith (explaining why he didn’t go out on weekends, quoted in T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy’s Championship Omaha). Cloutier also said in a 1999 interview, “when [Smith] was halfway drunk, he was the best player I’d ever played.”
  • Finished in fifth place in both the 1981 and 1986 Main Events for his only two other WSOP cashes.

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  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 Treys

[LL] “The Treys run from to 1976 to 1981”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle “Texas Dolly” 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.

Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin

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Bobby Baldwin

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Bobby “The Owl” 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.

Hal Fowler

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Hal Fowler

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Hal Fowler
Born: 1927/01/12 (Vermont)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1979)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 1
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $383,500
Quote: “No one — and I mean NO ONE — could have beaten Hal Fowler that day. Not even God. He was just getting the cards and that was that [including making four or five inside straights and cracking Bobby Hoff’s Aces on the final hand].” — T.J. Cloutier (quoted by Des Wilson in Ghosts at the Table, 2008).
  • Disappeared from the poker scene after winning the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud at the 1984 Grand Prix of Poker; Wilson hired a private detective to try to find the reclusive champ, but he’d already passed away in a low-income senior residence in California.

Stu Ungar

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Stu Ungar

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Stu “The Kid” 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.

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 Deuces

[LL] “The deck of World Series of Poker Main Event Champions will be complete with 52 cards in 2027 (2021 if repeat champs get a separate card for each victory) and 54 cards including two jokers in 2029, but here are the first 42 cards”, Leroy the Lion announced.

The Deuces cover 1970 to 1975:”

Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss
Born: 1907/05/14 (Marshall, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1970, 1971, 1974)
WSOP Bracelets: 9
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: N/A
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).
  • Declared the winner of the first World Series of Poker by player vote.
  • Won a record 7 WSOP bracelets in the 1970s for the most in a decade.
  • Oldest player to win the WSOP Main Event at age 66 in 1974.

Thomas Preston

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Thomas Preston

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Thomas “Amarillo Slim” 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.

Walter Pearson

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Walter Pearson

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Walter “Puggy” 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.

Bryan Roberts

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Bryan Roberts

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Bryan “Sailor” 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. 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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2018 WSOP Schedule


[SS] “The World Series of Poker just keeps on growing”, Stan the Stat related. “They added four events to bring the new record to 78; should hit triple digits around 2022.”

[LL] “What’s new?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[SS] “Big blind antes. Doesn’t affect the mix of events, but it’s an efficient way of implementing antes.”

[LL] “The person in the big blind gets hammered though as he has to ante for everyone.”

[SS] “But it’s completely fair, since that same person avoided paying the ante in every other position.”

[RR] “Carlos the Crazy used to have antes in his home tourneys,” Roderick the Rock recalled, “and I hated them becasue they really slowed things down. This is a terrific solution.”

[SS] “They’re implementing it in just eight Hold ‘Em events this year, but I expect big blind antes will be standard as soon as next year.”

[LL] “And not just at the WSOP… Good stuff, but I was actually wondering what the four new tournaments are.”

[SS] “They added a Hold ‘Em and three Omaha events.”1

WSOP Event Comparison: 2017 vs. 2018

By Game Type:

Game Type 2017 2018 Change
Hold ‘Em 42 43 +1
Lowball 6 6 0
Omaha 11 14 +3
Stud 4 4 0
Mixed Games 11 11 0

By Limit Type:

Limit Type 2017 2018 Change
Limit 17 14 -3
Pot Limit 11 14 +3
No Limit 40 42 +2
Mixed Limit 6 8 +2

By Buyin:

Buyin 2017 2018 Change
$333 1 0 -1
$365 1 3 +2
$565 3 4 +1
$888 1 1 0
$1,000 11 10 -1
$1,111 0 1 +1
$1,500 24 24 0
$2,500 4 4 0
$2,620 1 1 0
$3,000 6 6 0
$3,200 0 1 +1
$3,333 1 0 -1
$5,000 3 3 0
$10,000 15 15 0
$25,000 1 1 0
$50,000 1 2 +1
$100,000 0 1 +1
$111,000 1 0 -1
$1,000,000 0 1 +1

[SS] “This year’s WSOP kicks off with the Casino Employees event on May 30 and ends with the million-dollar buyin Big One for One Drop that goes from July 15 to 17. The Main Event is expected to run from July 2 to 14.”

[LL] “Looking forward to it! Always exciting to see who’s going to win multiple bracelets.”

[SS] “And who’s going to break the record for most cashes.”

[RR] “And it would be great for poker if a famous pro and a woman reached the Main Event final table.”

Footnotes:

  1. The new events are the $50,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em High Roller (Big Blind Antes), the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, the PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha, the Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8), and the $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. That’s actually five new events as one of the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em events was dropped. The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop also returns to the WSOP, probably alternating with the High Roller for One Drop – $111,111 No-Limit Hold ‘Em. Some other buyins were slightly changed.

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WSOP Player of the Year 2017 – Chris Ferguson


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 WSOP Player of the Year Top Ten

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

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

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

Footnotes:

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

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