Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Sevens

[SS] “The Sevens are the Southerners, poker players born in the southeastern United States”, Stan the Stat explained. “Here are the Sevens:1

Hoyt Corkins – Southerners

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Hoyt Corkins

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Hoyt Corkins – Southerners
Born: 1959/12/20 (Glenwood, AL)
WSOP Main Event: 35th (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 47
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $6,066,235
Quote: “I spent a lot of my time drinking heavily, betting on a lotta sports and wasting my money on craps – the game that’s always been my downfall. And when I’d play poker, I’d never bring my A-game.” — Hoyt Corkins (explaining why he took a decade-long break from poker in a 2006 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Attended Troy State University for one year before dropping out to move to Las Vegas and play poker.
  • Returned from his hiatus to win the WPT $10,000 Main Event at Foxwoods on November 17, 2003 for $1,089,200.

Jason Mercier – Southerners

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Jason Mercier

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Jason Mercier – Southerners
Born: 1986/11/12 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
WSOP Main Event: 463rd (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $16,422,563
Quote: “Yup. I’m one of those guys. My buddies and I watched Moneymaker win it, and we just started playing all the time. I know it sounds cliche, but that’s how I found poker.” — Jason Mercier (February 2012 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Won the 2008 EPT Sanremo Main Event for $1,138,929 in only his second major tournament.
  • Named 2009 Bluff magazine Player of the Year, having won five tournaments and $1.3 million.

Mark Newhouse – Southerners

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Mark Newhouse

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Mark Newhouse – Southerners
Born: 1985/03/11 (Chapel Hill, NC)
WSOP Main Event: 9th (2013, 2014)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $3,502,096
Quote: “Making the final table again is a very big thing this year, but I wasn’t letting it get to me. Just totally relaxed the whole way.” — Mark Newhouse (July 23, 2014 PokerNews interview).
  • Was the first player to final table consecutive WSOP Main Events since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004.
  • Won the 2006 WPT Borgata Open Main Event for $1,519,020.

Michael Mizrachi – Southerners

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Michael Mizrachi

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Michael Mizrachi – Southerners
Born: 1981/01/05 (Miami, FL)
WSOP Main Event: 5th (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 37
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $14,874,469
Quote: “Remember that it never hurts to sometimes lay down the best hand… Take your time, don’t commit all your chips on a bluff, and just try to make sure every decision is a good one. Sometimes you have only one chance to make a decision, so make sure it’s the right one.” — Michael Mizrachi (AskMen interview).
  • Nicknamed “The Grinder” from his patience in cash games but plays much wilder in tournaments.
  • Won two WPT Main Events in less than a year, the 2005 L.A. Poker Classic and the 2006 Borgata Winter Open.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Southerners include Billy Baxter, Chris Moneymaker, et al. (note that Texans have their own group).

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    Stats current as of June 6, 2016.

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