Poker Greats Playing Card Deck: The Treys

[SS] “The Treys are the Texans, poker players who were born or raised in Texas”, Stan the Stat stated. “Here are the Treys:1

Bill Smith – Texans

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Bill Smith

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Bill Smith – Texans
Born: 1934 (Texas)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1985)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,055,488
Quote: “[Smith] was the tightest player you’d ever played in your life when he was sober. And when he was halfway drunk, he was the best player I’d ever played.” — T.J. Cloutier (1999 interview as recounted in Championship Table).
  • Finished in fifth place in both the 1981 and 1986 Main Events for his only two other WSOP cashes.

David Williams – Texans

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David Williams

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David Williams – Texans
Born: 1980/06/09 (Arlington, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (2004)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $8,656,512
Quote: “Even though I don’t hide it, and a lot of people already know, I am a big nerd. I really like math and science, and play a lot of games. I guess you could say I have this ‘cool’ guy image, but I deep inside, I’m a geek.” — David Williams.
  • Was a successful Magic the Gathering player before he took up poker.
  • Won the 2010 $25,000 WPT World Championship for $1,530,537.

Jack Straus – Texans

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Jack Straus

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Jack Straus – Texans
Born: 1930/06/16 (Travis, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1982)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $830,269
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” — Jack Straus (1973 Texas Monthly interview).
  • Nicknamed “Treetop” for his great height (6’7″) and bushy hair.
  • Became the source of the phrase “a chip and a chair”, when he came back from a single chip to win the 1982 WSOP Main Event.

Sailor Roberts – Texans

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Sailor Roberts

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Sailor Roberts – Texans
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “Sailor really had a heart of gold and was a genuinely colorful character — kind, caring, and generous to a fault.” — Doyle Brunson.
  • Born as Bryan but earned his nickname from his four years in the Navy.
  • Won the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event the year before his Main Event bracelet.
  • Grew up in San Angelo, Texas.

Footnotes:

  1. Other top Texans include Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, et al.

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    Stats current as of December 21, 2015.

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

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