WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The Sixes run from to 1991 to 1994”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty
Born: 1951/07/05 (Mountain Grove, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,825,415
Quote: “As anyone that has been here [in the Philippines] knows, there are lots of homeless kids and people living in poverty. I am always helping kids and families that I see in need. I thought, why not just auction the bracelet off and use it where it could do some good, rather than just let it sit in the US in a safe deposit box.” — Brad Daugherty (July 2011, auctioning off his Main Event bracelet).
  • Worked in construction and welding before moving to Las Vegas to become a poker pro in 1978.
  • Finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event just two years after winning.

Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi
Born: 1952 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,826,357
Quote: “They say it’s [his Main Event bracelet] worth $5,000, but I’d take $1,500 for it.” — Hamid Dastmalchi (moments before he sold it to Ted Forrest for three $500 poker chips around 2002).
  • Had immigrated to the U.S. to be a real estate developer before discovering Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Reached the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1995, finishing fourth.

James Bechtel

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James Bechtel

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James “Jim” Bechtel
Born: 1952 (Arizona?)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1993)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,566,705
Quote: “John [Bonetti] pretty much had the lead the entire tournament, so I always had a few less chips than he did. But I felt real comfortable because John was a guy that really gambled and like to take risks out of position. I thought I could eventual trap him and I did.” — Jim Bechtel (July 7, 2013 Las Vegas Sun, on knocking Bonetti out in 3rd place in the 1993 WSOP Main Event)
  • Worked in Coolidge, Arizona as a cotton farmer when he started playing poker.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1988, when he finished 6th for $49,000.
  • Finished 4th in the 2006 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $549,120.

Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton
Born: 1948 (Detroit, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1994)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,526,243
Quote: “Jack [Binion] still owes me 30 pounds more of silver if he wants to pay me, because I really weighed 360 pounds when I got weighed for the silver in 1994.” — Russ Hamilton (June 16, 2008 PokerNews interview with Tom Sexton where he admitted he claimed to be only 330 pounds out of embarrassment when he maxed out the scale at 300).
  • As Main Event champion during the 25th WSOP, Hamilton earned 43 silver bars then valued at $28,512.
  • Worked as a consultant for Ultimate Bet, where he infamously took advantage of hole card information to cheat.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

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