Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[SS] “The Fives are the Middle Easterners, poker players born in the Middle East”, Stan the Stat said. “Here are the Fives:1

Antonio Esfandiari – M.E.

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Antonio Esfandiari

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Antonio Esfandiari – M.E.
Born: 1978/12/08 (Tehran, Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 24th (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 38
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $26,722,352
Quote: “At the table, don’t let your opponents know anything. Always spread maximum disinformation.” — Antonio Esfandiari.
  • Became the youngest $1 million dollar winner when he won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic in 2004.
  • Won the Big One for One Drop in 2012 for $18,346,673 to move to the top of the Career Earnings list.

Hamid Dastmalchi – M.E.

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Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi – M.E.
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.

Joe Hachem – Middle Easterners

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Joe Hachem

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Joe Hachem – Middle Easterners
Born: 1966/03/11 (Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $12,153,803
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.

Sam Farha – Middle Easterners

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Sam Farha

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Sam Farha – Middle Easterners
Born: 1959 (Beirut, Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,884,300
Quote: “Just play every hand; you can’t miss them all.” — Sam Farha (May 10, 2014 tweet).

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Middle Easterners include Freddy Deeb, et al.

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    Stats current as of April 8, 2016.

    See the first Poker Greats post for more information about these playing cards.

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