Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sixes

[LL] “The next batch includes the second inductee from 1988 and one each from 1989, 1990, and 1991”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sixes:”1

Jack “Treetop” Straus

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Jack Straus

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Jack Straus
Born: 1930/06/16 (Travis, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1982)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
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, napkin-hidden chip to win the 1982 WSOP Main Event.

Fred “Sarge” Ferris

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Fred Ferris

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Fred Ferris
Nickname: “Sarge”
Born: 1928/12/01 (Waterville, ME)
Died: 1989/03/12
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1989
Quote: “I admired Sarge a lot because he didn’t give away one crumb. He never showed his cards or gave away any information. He was the consummate pro.” — Jay Heimowitz
  • Won the 1980 WSOP Deuce-to-Seven event for $150,000 after defeating Doyle Brunson heads-up. Stu Ungar then asked to be staked for the Main Event, which worked out well for both of them when the 26-year-old “Kid” also outlasted Brunson.

Lester “Benny” Binion

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Lester Binion

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Lester Binion
Nickname: “Benny”
Born: 1904/11/20 (Pilot Grove, TX)
Died: 1989/12/25
Occupation: Casino Owner
Poker
Hall of Fame
1990
Quote: “The only bad luck for a good gambler is bad health. Any other setbacks are temporary aggravation.” — Benny Binion
  • After a dubious past involving moonshine, theft, and murder in Texas, drove his family in his maroon Cadillac to Las Vegas and became a legitimate casino owner with the motto, “Good food, good whiskey cheap, and a good gamble.”

David “Chip” Reese

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David Reese

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David Reese
Born: 1951/03/28 (Centerville, OH)
WSOP Main Event: 23rd (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 25
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,986,080
Poker
Hall of Fame
1991
Quote: “I had to make a choice between being a lawyer or a professional gambler. I chose the more honorable of the two.” — Chip Reese (on having chosen poker over Stanford Law School).
  • After he won his first WSOP bracelet in the 1978 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split, Doyle Brunson asked him to write the Seven-Card Stud chapter for Super System.
  • Great all-around player whose final WSOP bracelet was the 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.

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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