Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Treys

[LL] “The second batch wraps up the inaugural class and continues to 1980”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Sid Wyman

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Sid Wyman

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Sid Wyman
Nickname: none
Born: 1910/06/01 (St. Louis, MO)
Died: 1978/06/26
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “He travels light. No middle name. No wife. No strings. All Sid needs is a deck of cards, a pair of dice and a pad. It’s not even the money he wants, it’s the action.” — Pulitzer-prize winning sportswriter Jim Murray (1963).
  • High-stakes player who owned the Sands, Riviera, Royal Nevada, and Dunes casinos.
  • Voted “Most Respected Player” at the 1974 WSOP, where he finished 3rd in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud event.

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

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James Hickok

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James Butler Hickok
Nickname: “Wild Bill”
Born: 1837/05/27 (Troy Grove, IL)
Died: 1876/08/02
Occupation: Lawman
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: Hickok once called a bet and saw his opponent turn over a full house with Jacks. The lawman revealed three Aces with only a single six but declared a full house with Aces. “There’s only one six”, he admitted, but pulled out his pistol and stated, “Here is the other six.” His opponent, whom he thought was cheating, gave him the pot.
  • Wild West lawman who was also an actor but preferred to play poker.
  • Shot in the back of the head in Deadwood by Jack “Crooked Nose” McCall while playing 5-Card Draw allegedly holding Aces and Eights, “Dead Man’s Hand”.

Edmond Hoyle

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Edmond Hoyle

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Edmond Hoyle
Nickname: none
Born: 1672 (England)
Died: 1769/08/29
Occupation: Author
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “When in doubt, win the trick.” — Edmond Hoyle, “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist” (1742).
  • Author who penned “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist”, the authoritative reference on the rules of whist, in 1742.
  • Followed up with books on backgammon (1743), chess (1744), piquet (1744), quadrille (1745), and brag (1751).

T. “Blondie” Forbes

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T. Forbes

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T. Forbes
Nickname: “Blondie”
Born: ~1890 (Monroe, LA)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1980
Quote: “This one is wide open for endless debate, but Forbes gets the credit as the inventor of ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’. It probably has more to do with the fact that you just don’t forget the name of a guy named Blondie.” — Chuck Blount (October 24, 2016, “San Antonio Express-News”).
  • Credited as the creator of Texas Hold ‘Em but also a strong Five-Card Stud player.
  • Texas road gambler, whose first name was Tracie, and regular at the Red Men’s Club in Dallas, Texas.

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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