Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[SS] “The Fours are the Backgammon Players, poker players who are very strong at the dice game”, Stan the Stat remarked. “Here are the Fours:1

Dan Harrington – Backgammon


Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington – Backgammon
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
Hall of Fame
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.

Gus Hansen – Backgammon


Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen – Backgammon
Born: 1974/02/13 (Denmark)
WSOP Main Event: 61st (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 9
WPT Titles: 3
Live Earnings: $10,258,052
Quote: “Learn to understand and read yourself before you try to understand and read anyone else, that’s the first mistake poker players make… and players in the game of life as well.” — Gus Hansen
  • The Great Dane, born as Gustav Jacobsen, won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event for $1,192,919.
  • Met Huck Seed playing backgammon at a club and was introduced to poker by the American.

Huck Seed – Backgammon


Huck Seed

Huck Seed – Backgammon
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.

Stu Ungar – Backgammon


Stu Ungar

Stu Ungar – Backgammon
Born: 1953/09/08 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1980, 1981, 1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,675,321
Hall of Fame
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.


  1. Other top Backgammon Players include Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Phil Laak, Tom McEvoy, et al.

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    Stats current as of August 13, 2015.

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


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