Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Deuces

[LL] “You’re not going to believe what I just found on eBay!” Leroy the Lion gushed.

[RR] “That 3-speed bicycle that was stolen from you in college”, Roderick the Rock joked.

[SS] “No, probably something poker-related”, Stan the Stat suggested. “An original Dogs Playing Poker oil painting?”

[FF] “A poker chip that was used during the first World Series of Poker?” Figaro the Fish guessed.

[LL] “No, but you’re getting warmer. Remember those Saddam Hussein – Most Wanted playing card decks? I found a poker version.”

[RR] “What, the players you’d most want to knock out of a poker tournament or stack in a cash game?”

[LL] “No, more like collectable baseball cards. The Poker Greats deck has cards with pictures on one side and biographical data on the other.”1

[RR] “Cool. Did you bring the deck with you?”

[LL] “I just won the auction last night, so I haven’t gotten the package yet.2 But I can show you what they look like online.

Each denomination represents a category. For example, the Deuces are the Young Guns, players who recently made their mark on the poker world at an early age.

{ Leroy pulls out his iPhone and continues talking as he launches Safari. }

The front of each card has the suit and denomination, player name, and a caricature.3 The backs have the name, category, best WSOP Main Event finish, WSOP bracelets, WSOP cashes, WPT titles, career live tournament winnings, a poker-related quote from the player, and one to three factoids. A badge with the year appears if the player has been enshrined in the Poker Hall of Fame.

Here are the Deuces:4

Daniel Colman – Young Guns

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Daniel Colman

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Daniel Colman – Young Guns
Born: 1990 (Holden, MA)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $24,737,801
Quote: “As for promoting myself, I feel that individual achievements should rarely be celebrated. I am not going to take part in it for others and I wouldn’t want it for myself.” — Daniel Colman (July 2, 2014, shortly after declining to be interviewed after winning the Big One for One Drop).
  • Won the 2014 Big One for One Drop for $15,306,668.
  • Won $22,389,481 in tournaments in 2014, more than all but four other players have won in their entire careers.

Dominik Nitsche – Young Guns

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Dominik Nitsche

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Dominik Nitsche – Young Guns
Born: 1992/10/11 (Minden, Germany)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 25
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,955,481
Quote: “It’s funny to me how I’ve been around for so long, yet I’m much younger than most players.” — Dominik Nitsche (April 30, 2014 PokerPlayer interview).
  • Youngest to win 3 WSOP bracelets at only 21 years, 7 months, and 29 days.
  • Tied for the most WSOP bracelets in the 2010s with 3.
  • Finished 3rd in the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event.

Greg Merson – Young Guns

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Greg Merson

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Greg Merson – Young Guns
Born: 1987/12/08 (Washington, D.C.)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2012)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 15
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,283,954
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.

Pius Heinz – Young Guns

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Pius Heinz

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Pius Heinz – Young Guns
Born: 1989/05/04 (Odendorf, Germany)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2011)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,979,848
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. Each card in the deck is unique on both sides, so you can’t use them to play card games unless you have a really bad memory.
  2. Nor will he. The deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted but from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML. I’d consider Kickstarter to get real decks printed with better art if there’s enough interest and no legal issues, but Right of Publicity laws are probably fatal to the project.
  3. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2015 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me, the Mac OS apps Photoshop Elements and Photos, and iCloud.
  4. Other top Young Guns include Jeff Madsen, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike McDonald, Ryan Riess, et al.

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

    Stats current as of July 29, 2015. {Greg Merson’s career earnings updated November 23, 2015.}

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