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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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  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 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 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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  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 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:

  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 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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2018 WSOP Wrapup

[RR] “Other than the Main Event champion, what was the biggest news of this year’s World Series of Poker?” Roderick the Rock inquired.

[SS] “Phil Hellmuth won his record 15th bracelet in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em turbo”, Stan the Stat responded. “He’s now an impressive five ahead of Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Ivey. Ivey returned with four cashes, so the race isn’t over yet, but Hellmuth is so far ahead of the next active player, that nobody else is likely to catch him for a long time. Erik Seidel has eight bracelets, but none in over decade. Daniel Negreanu is active enough but has just six (Jeff Lisandro may be a better bet, also at six).”

[LL] “Hellmuth will play every single event if anyone starts closing in”, Leroy the Lion chipped in. “I wouldn’t count Ivey out, but only if he realizes that bracelets will add more to his legacy than any amount of high stakes cash game winnings ever could.”

[SS] “Hellmuth’s bracelet was also his fourth in the 2010’s, tied for the lead with George Danzer (who got to four first in 2016), Jason Mercier (who tied him later that year), Brian Hastings and Brian Rast (who each won one bracelet this year), and Joe Cada and Shaun Deeb (the two double-bracelet winners this year). Impressively, Hellmuth has 11 bracelets in other decades while those other six have combined for just 1 (Mercier in 2009).

There hadn’t been a double-bracelet winner by the time the Main Event started, but the Main Event had been moved up a couple of weeks, and Deeb, Cada, and Justin Bonomo all pulled it off in the remaining 13 events. Cada jumped into The Closer,1 just two days after his 5th place Main Event finish, while Bonomo, who’s on a tear this year, captured the Big One for One Drop for ten million dollars to leap from third in the career tournament earnings list to first over Negreanu and Seidel.

[RR] “How did the women do?”

[SS] “No female won a solo, open event, but Nikita Luther took down the $1,000 Tag Team event, splitting $175,805 with her teammate Giuseppe Pantaleo. She was just the third Israeli to win a bracelet, and not surprisingly, the first female.

And Fahrintaj Bonyadi won the Super Seniors at age 83. She was a whopping 23 years above the eligibility cutoff, and she and her son Farzad Bonyadi became the first mother and son to win bracelets.

The highest finishing female in a solo, open event was Kate Hoang, who was the runner up to Julien Martini in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $148,150. Katherine Fleck was third in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud, while Carol Fuchs, who won the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six Handed in 2015, was third in the Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

[LL] “Vanessa Selbst probably would have won at least one bracelet if she hadn’t retired.”

[SS] “Certainly possible. There were a record 78 events, producing a record 79 winners from 18 different countries:”

# Country
56 U.S.
3 Germany
2 Canada, England, France, Russia
1 Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Columbia, India, Israel, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Spain

Footnotes:

  1. Despite its name, “The Closer” was only the second to last event to finish, with the Big One for One Drop starting and ending last.
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2018 WSOP Main Event Winner – John Cynn

[SS] “Truly epic Main Event this year!” Stan the Stat gushed.

[LL] “The second most players ever, an outrageous final table bubble burst, a former champion (Joe Cada) and a former 11th place finisher (John Cynn) at the final table, which ends up being the longest ever, and a fantastic heads-up duel lasting until almost 5 a.m.!” Leroy the Lion agreed.

[SS] “Yes, the 7,874 players was behind only the 8,773 in 2006, in the midst of the poker explosion.”

[RR] “Do you think we’ll break that record soon?” Roderick the Rock wondered.

[SS] “Certainly. With the legalization of sports gambling, online poker is sure to follow and spread to more U.S. states. That will lead to more entrants over the next few years from more people playing in general and more Main Event satellites.”

[LL] “Main Events like this one will help, too! The three-way, double-all-in hand to set the final table was almost unbelievable. Nicolas Manion leaps into the chip lead over Michael Dyer, Antoine Labat is fairly crippled, and Yueqi Zhu exits in tenth place when he and Labat both woke up with Kings only to run into Manion’s Pocket Rockets. The only way that could have been more exciting was if the Aces had been cracked by a flush or straight.”

[SS] “And perhaps fittingly, Manion couldn’t hold on to those chips, ending up in fourth place.1 Michael Dyer, who held a dominating lead before the final table and again with six players remaining, barely outlasted him, finishing third, while Cynn made up most of his deficit to Tony Miles. Heads up is where the real fun began.”

[LL] “Yeah, Miles and Cynn were pretty evenly matched, although I really liked the way Cynn had been playing for the whole final table.”

[SS] “And continued to play. Other than getting bluffed off the championship-clinching hand at one point, I didn’t think he made any major mistakes. The final table ended up lasting a record 442 hands, with heads up going a record 199 hands and 10 hours, partly because Miles saved match point when Cynn folded a weak two pairs to his bluff way back at 8:30 p.m. The chip lead switched numerous times, but Cynn never seemed to be in serious trouble. The one time Miles had a chance to gain a 3-to-1 chip lead, he couldn’t find a river call with just fourth pair, although it turns out he had Cynn outkicked.

Finally, Cynn flopped three Kings and let Miles bluff off his remaining chips on the turn. Cynn took a while2 before making the correct call and had Miles drawing dead.”

[LL] “Congrats to Cynn for making this the year of Cynn City!”3

[SS] “A Cynntillating performance.”

[RR] “Truly Cynnsensational!”

2018 World Series of Poker Main Event Summary

Dates 7/2/2018 to 7/15/2018
Players 7,874 (1,182 cashed)
Winner John Cynn ($8,800,000, U.S.)
Runner-Up Tony Miles ($5,000,000)
Final Table Bubble Boy Yueqi Zhu (10th, $850,025)
Money Bubble Boy Matthew Hopkins (1,183rd)
Last Former Champ Standing Joe Cada (5th, $2,150,000)
Last Woman Standing Kelly Minkin (50th, $156,265)
Last Celebrity Standing Ray Romano (did not cash)
In 52 Characters or Less Cynn City! Indianan goes 10 places better than 2016.

Footnotes:

  1. Antoine Labat, who started the final table last in chips, was 9th. Artem Metalidi also did not improve his position and ended 8th. Alex Lynskey barely played a hand and exited in 7th (from 5th), allowing Aram Zobian (6th) and Joe Cada (5th) each to slide up one place.
  2. There was a small controversy, when Miles accused Cynn of slowrolling, but Miles later apologized. Cynn’s three Kings were far from the nuts, losing to King-Queen, Ace-King, and various full houses.
  3. Norman Chad said this phrase during the broadcast, although he certainly wasn’t the first to use it.

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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:

  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 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.

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 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.

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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