Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[LL] “The next batch includes one inductee each year from 1981 to 1984”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fours:”1

Bill Boyd

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Bill Boyd

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Bill Boyd
Born: 1906/01/27 (McNeil, Arkansas)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 4
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $80,000
Poker
Hall of Fame
1981
Quote: “From an organizational standpoint few, if any, have done more for poker than Bill. And I can’t count the number of his ex-employees who are now managing card rooms across the country.” — Jim Albrecht (1997 “Las Vegas Sun” obituary).
  • Voted “most respected poker player” at the initial World Series of Poker in 1970.
  • Won the WSOP 5-Card Stud event every year it was played (1971 to 1974).
  • Poker room manager who introduced Omaha as Nugget Hold’em in 1963.

Tom Abdo

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Tom Abdo

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Tom Abdo
Nickname: none
Born: 1894/04/12 (U.S.)
Died: 1967/03/01
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1982
Quote: “Count my chips. I’ll be back.” — Tom Abdo (shortly after the heart attack at the Aladdin ended his life).
  • High stakes poker player often found at the Big Game at the Aladdin casino.
  • Like Wild Bill Hickok and Jack Straus, fatally afflicted playing poker (although he did make it to the hospital before dying).

Joe Bernstein

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Joe Bernstein

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Joe Bernstein
Nickname: none
Born: 1899/01/05 (Russia)
Died: 1975/11/12
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1983
Quote: “Joe had a history of being a very emotional player. He was a talented man, but he could get very distracted because of his personal life.” — Doyle Brunson (2011; “My 50 Most Memorable Hands”)
  • Won the 1973 $3,000 Limit Ace-to-5 Draw WSOP event for $21,000.
  • Always played with his back at a wall, not because he was afraid of being shot like Wild Bill Hickok, but because he wanted to prevent kibitzers from looking at his cards.

Murph Harrold

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Murph Harrold

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Murph Harrold
Nickname: none
Born: c. 1890 (U.S.)
Died: c. 1960
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1984
Quote: “A number of past inductees are questionable at best… While most are talented players, other than Boyd there really isn’t what you would call a poker legend in this group [from 1980 to 1986].” — Steve Ruddock (October 28, 2015; PartTimePoker.com).
  • Deuce-to-Seven Draw expert (a.k.a. Kansas City Lowball).
  • Employed his brother-in-law, William L. “Bill” Reid, as a bodyguard and chauffeur in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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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