Poker Hall of Fame Playing Cards: the Deuces

[LL] “Do you remember the Poker Greats playing card deck I had?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[RR] “Of course”, Roderick the Rock confirmed.

[LL] “Well, the same company has taken Short Stack Shamus’s idea and run with it. They now have a Poker Hall of Fame deck!1

With the induction of Phil Ivey and David Ulliott during the second to last day of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the Poker Hall of Fame now includes 54 members, exactly enough for a full playing card deck with two jokers.

Here are the Deuces:”4

Johnny “Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss
Born: 1907/05/14 (Marshall, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1970, 1971, 1974)
WSOP Bracelets: 9
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,254,859
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “You have to learn what kind of hand this guy shows down, what that one’s moves, watch the veins in his neck, watch his eyes, the way he sweats.” — Johnny Moss (1975).
  • Voted the winner of the first World Series of Poker then won the first freezeout Main Event the next year.
  • Won a record 7 WSOP bracelets in the 1970s for the most in a decade.
  • Oldest player to win the WSOP Main Event at age 66 in 1974.

Nicholas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos

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Nicholas Dandolos

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Nicholas Dandolos
Nickname: “Nick the Greek”
Born: ~1893/04/27 (Rethymnon, Crete)
Died: 1966/12/25
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Mr. Moss, I have to let you go.” — Nick the Greek (ending their possibly mythical marathon match after one last hand of five-card stud, having lost between two and four million dollars to the Grand Old Man of Poker).
  • A truly addicted gambler who went from rags to riches to rags many times, making and losing hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Won $500,000 in a Five-Card Stud hand against Moss by pairing his hole card on the river, according to Jim McManus.

Felton “Corky” McCorquodale

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Felton McCorquodale

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Felton McCorquodale
Nickname: “Corky”
Born: 1904/08/23 (Texas)
Died: 1968/11/23
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Well, what about cab fare home? Can I get cab fare?” — Corky McCorquodale (having determined that he was about to get cheated out of a huge 5-card stud pot but been denied his requests to cut the cards, get insurance, or split the pot).
  • Texas road gambler who introduced Texas Hold ‘Em to Las Vegas in 1963 at the downtown California Club.
  • Was so focused on poker that he didn’t know what Vietnam was after the U.S. had been fighting there almost a decade.

J.H. “Red” Winn

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J.H. Winn

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J.H. Winn
Nickname: “Red”
Born: 1896 (Texas?)
Died: unknown
Occupation: Poker Player
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “Red’s been a great man all his life. Red Winn’s a good man. Don’t say much, always been like that. Used to have freckles and still would have now if the sun hadn’t hit him.” — Benny Binion (October 8, 1972)
  • Initials are J.H. but went by “Red”, presumably for his hair color.
  • High stakes gambler who was an all-around player but was especially good at seven-card stud.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    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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