Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[LL] “The next batch includes one inductee each year from 1985 to 1988”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fives:”1

Red Hodges

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Red Hodges

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Red Hodges
Nickname: none
Born: unknown (U.S.)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1985
Quote: “The greatest seven card stud player who ever lived is Red Hodges. Who is Red Hodges? I have absolutely no idea. I have done search after search on the internet for the guy and I can’t find a thing.” — “10 Reasons You Should Play 7 Card Stud” (CasinoAnswers.com).
  • Seven-Card Stud expert about whom almost nothing is known, but he was likely given the Hall of Fame nod because he was Benny Binion’s friend.

Henry Green

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Henry Green

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Henry Green
Nickname: none
Born: unknown (Alabama)
Died: 1960/01/01
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1986
Quote: “[Green] had few equals, especially at five-card stud.” — Johnny Moss.

“He’d travel anywhere for a game, as long as the stakes were high.” — Oscar Webby.

  • One of the best all-around poker players.
  • Road gambler who played with Johnny Moss, Lowman Popwell, Johnny Connors, Corky McCorquodale, and Oscar Webby.
  • Shot to death by his wife on New Year’s Day 1960 after he played poker all night.

Walter “Puggy” Pearson

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Walter Pearson

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Walter Pearson
Born: 1929/01/29 (Adairville, KY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1973)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $443,480
Poker
Hall of Fame
1987
Quote: “The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that.” — Puggy Pearson.
  • Invented the idea of a freezeout poker tournament, telling fellow player Nick Dandolos, who told Benny Binion.
  • Became the first player to win three events in one WSOP in 1973.

Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson
Born: 1933/08/10 (Longworth, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1976, 1977)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,131,775
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em… is the Cadillac of Poker games… And it’s truly a game that requires very special talents in order to play it at a world class level.” — Doyle Brunson (1979 Super System).
  • Became the first player to earn $1 million in tournaments in 1980.
  • Won his tenth bracelet in 2005, eight days after his son Todd won his first.
  • Holds the record for most years between first and last bracelets: 29.

Footnotes:

  1. Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of August 1, 2017.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2017 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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