Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Tens

[SS] “The Tens are the Californians”, Stan the Stat went on. “Here are the Tens:1

Allen Cunningham – Californians

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Allen Cunningham

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Allen Cunningham – Californians
Born: 1977/03/28 (Riverside, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 4th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 61
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,642,703
Quote: “I learned to play with my family at the kitchen table… Even at that point, I decided that there was a lot of skill involved in poker. When I was 13 and you asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I might have said, ‘Be a poker player.'” — Allen Cunningham (April 1, 2009 PokerPlayer interview).
  • Part of the “Original Crew” with John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Layne Flack, and Phil Ivey who met to talk poker.
  • Named 2005 WSOP Player of the Year as the first non-Main Event winner to earn $1,000,000 in one WSOP.

Chris Ferguson – Californians

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Chris Ferguson

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Chris Ferguson – Californians
Born: 1963/04/11 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 73
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,535,446
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.

Mike Matusow – Californians

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Mike Matusow

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Mike Matusow – Californians
Born: 1968/04/30 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 6th (2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 48
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $9,055,998
Quote: “Poker, poker, it’s all skill, put your money in bad and go uphill.” — Mike Matusow.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event 2005, finishing 9th.
  • Won the 2013 NBC Heads-Up Championship for $750,000.

T.J. Cloutier – Californians

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T.J. Cloutier

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T.J. Cloutier – Californians
Born: 1938/10/13 (Albany, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1985, 2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 64
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,299,401
Poker
Hall of Fame
2006
Quote: “You can’t let it get you down when somebody knocks you out of a tournament playing a hand they shouldn’t have played. Without these types of players, nobody would win any amount of money, so sometimes you just have to take your medicine.” — T.J. Cloutier.
  • Also final tabled the Main Event in 1988 (5th) and 1998 (3rd).
  • Played football for U.C. Berkeley in the 1949 Rose Bowl, and the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Californians include Barbara Enright, Erick Lindgren, Gary Berland, and Phil Ivey, et al.

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    Stats current as of August 29, 2016.

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