Famous poker players pictures, biographies, and stories explain quickly why they are so notable in the world of poker and media. For years these and many other famous poker players have made a name for themselves and won fortunes playing tournament poker and have been watched by millions of people on television.

Gus HansonGus Hanson is one of the poster boys for poker with good looks, fantastic smile, play any two cards and have fun doing it mentality. Gus Hanson plays at an online casino known around the world.

Marcel LuskeMarcel Luske is the one of the best dressed and quirkiest poker players. Television poker star who is loved by all for his one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Amarillo SlimAmarillo Slim Preston was the first celebrity poker star.

Brett 'gank' JungblutBrett Jungblut was a member of the famous "Crew" who together represented the youth movement into professional poker tournaments.

Annie DukeAnnie Duke is the best all around female poker player in the world.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu is Kid Poker and one of the many poker Canada players who have become stars.

Chris MoneymakerChris Moneymaker maybe the most famous poker player changed poker forever with his World Series of Poker main event win.

TJ CloutierTJ Cloutier is one of the most winning tournament poker players ever.

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein is one of the true great poker playing high stakes pros that always shows class at the table.

Liz LieuLiz Lieu has a lot of talent making her one of poker's hottest women.

Jennifer TillyJennifer Tilly went from the big screen to the tops of the poker scene.

Shannon ElizabethShannon Elizabeth plays poker with the same passion she uses in Hollywood movies. Shannon Elizabeth's success has attracted other women celebrities like Tiffany Michelle to try their luck in the World Series of Poker.

Vannessa RoussoVanessa Rousso is one of the rising female stars of the poker world, with over $2.5 million in career tournament earnings. While she's still chasing her first WSOP bracelet, she's cashed 11 different times at 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009 World Series events

Robert Williamson IIIRobert Williamson III is one of Europe's best poker players.

Doyle BrunsonDoyle Brunson is the greatest living legend in all of poker.

Scotty NguyenScotty Nguyen is one of the most enjoyable players to watch play poker.

Phil HellmuthPhil Hellmuth is number one for total WSOP bracelets and for being the biggest poker brat.

Phil LaakPhil Laak has a personality unlike any other.

Chris 'Jesus' FergusonChris Ferguson is one of poker's top mathematicians and poker's best holy figure look alike.

Phil IveyPhil Ivey is widely considered the world's best tournament poker player.

Greg RaymerGreg Raymer is one of the most recognized names in all of poker and a great ambassador for the game.

Mike 'Mad Genius' CaroMike Caro is one of poker's greatest authors.

Jamie GoldJamie Gold is one of the most arrogant poker players.

Antonio EsfandiariAntonio Esfandiari is poker's supreme magician at the tables and one of the most talented famous poker players.

Chip ReeseChip Reese was one of the best all around poker players in the world until he recently passed away.

Paris HiltonParis Hilton sure looks good playing cards and her poker faces are the best.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey Playing Poker

Phil Ivey was born February 1, 1976 in California. Phil Ivey is one of the most popular players and is widely considered the best tournament player in the world. Growing up in New Jersey, Ivey improved his poker game by playing against his co-workers at a telemarketing company.

Currently, Phil Ivey plays mostly cash games like the 'Big Game' $4,000-8,000 mixed cash game at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. but his rise to fame started with his dominance at the World Series of Poker in 2002 when he tied Phil Hellmuth's and Ted Forrest's record of winning three bracelets in one year. Combined with his Pot Limit Omaha bracelets in 2000 and 2005, Phil Ivey has a total of 5 WSOP bracelets. His first victory in 2000 made him the first player ever to beat Amarillo Slim heads-up. Phil Ivey has never won the main event at the WSOP, but has come close a number of times including finishing 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003, and 20th in 2005.

Phil Ivey Playing Poker Phil Ivey's WSOP bracelets:
2000 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $195,000
2002 $2,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo $118,440
2002 $2,000 S.H.O.E. $107,540
2002 $1,500 7 Card Stud $132,000
2005 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha $635,603

A much publicized event in 2006 was the cash games Phil Ivey played in Limit Texas Hold'em versus Texas billionaire Andy Beal heads up. The stakes reached as high as $25,000/$50,000 and Phil Ivey won over $16 million in three days which more then made up for "The Corporation", a group of poker pros who pooled their money and took turns playing against Beal. The rest of "The Corpooration" lost $10 million but after Ivey righted the ship Beal said he was giving up poker.

Phil Ivey has made several appearances on Poker television shows like Poker After Dark and the Game Show Network's High Stakes Poker. When playing, Phil Ivey appears to be totally focused and you can see it in his eyes that he is absorbing all the information at the table so his actions are very calculated. Phil Ivey regularly the favorite when it comes to the odds in Las Vegas for the pick to win the World Series of Main Event.

Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson

Chris Ferguson Poker PlayerPoker Player Chris Jesus Ferguson

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson was born April 11, 1963, in LA, California. Jesus is one of the most successful and famous professional poker players. Chris Ferguson uses a very mathematical approach to the game which is founded in his college studies and his father's teachings of game theory. He has taken this theory and has used it alongside computer simulations to determine the best mathematical decision whenever a decision comes up in a poker tournament. Chris Jesus Ferguson had been playing poker since he was 10 and took the poker world by storm after upsetting the long time professional tournament champion T.J. Cloutier at the main event of the 2000 World Series of Poker for $1.5 million.

In 2004, Ferguson was one of the endorsed Full Tilt Poker pros which helped launch the online poker site Full Tilt Poker. The site has become one of the top three online poker rooms. Jesus has won over $6 million playing tournaments. Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth in the 2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship and again finished 2nd in 2006 to Ted Forrest.

Jesus has 5 World Series of Poker bracelets
2000 $2,500 Seven Card Stud $151,000
2000 $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em World Championship $1,500,000
2001 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better $164,735
2003 $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better $123,680
2003 $2,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em - 1/2 Seven Card Stud $66,220
Three World Series of Poker circuit events titles, a record.

Ferguson got the nickname "Jesus" because of his long brown hair and beard which resemble Jesus Christ. When he plays, he often sits motionless during a hand so his opponents cannot get a read on his hand. His popularity soared on television during ESPN broadcasts of the World Series of Poker when he was shown throwing poker cards across a room at blazing speeds which cut through different fruit including bananas, carrots, and melons. Chris Ferguson is also known to have made $1 online up to $20,000 to prove that good bankroll management and good play can make a player successful even if they do not start with a lot of money.

Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak

Poker Player Phil Laak nickname UnabomberPhil The Unabomber Laak Poker Player

Phil "The Unabomber" Laak was born September 8, 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. A very unique professional poker player. Laak became known widely in the poker scene as the "Unabomber" because of the hooded sweatshirt (given to him by fellow poker professional Gus Hansen) and sunglasses he wears at the table, making him resemble the forensic sketch of Theodore Kaczynski who was known as the Unabomber. Another nickname that is less frequently used is Darth Maul, for his resemblance to the hooded villain. Laak is known for pulling closed the drawstrings on his sweatshirt's hood to hide his face during large hands, and is well-known for his other antics at the poker table, such as doing push-ups to celebrate winning hands, running behind the dealer during showdowns to see which card will come up next, and getting entirely ready to leave whenever he pushes all-in (usually significant as he replaces his shoes). On the Poker After Dark program in 2007 he laid down on the floor during a particularly stressful hand.

Laak won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Celebrity Invitational in February 2004. At the 2007 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Phil Laak beat Polaris, a poker playing computer program developed at the University of Alberta, in two of the four rounds with the remaining rounds being a loss and a draw. Laak is known also for his unusual and inventive manner of speech. He is credited with coining the poker term "felted" to mean having lost all of one's chips (i.e. nothing left in front of the player except the table felt). He is currently dating actress Jennifer Tilly, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2005 in the $1,000 buy-in Ladies no limit hold'em championship. Jennifer Tilly has since been nicknamed "The Unabombshell."

Marcel Luske

Marcel Luske Poker Player

Marcel Luske was born March 20, 1953 and is from Amsterdam, Netherlands. As a very recognizable professional poker player whose popularity exploded with television poker always sporting his own fashion style. First, he wears upside down sunglasses. Secondly, he wears suits and ties when nearly everyone else plays poker in very casual clothing. One of his television interviews during the World Series of Poker, Marcel Luske said he only brought with him from Europe seven suits to wear, one for every day of the main event tournament. Marcel Luske also is recognized for his singing at the table, which goes with his very entertaining style. Many times he breaks into a song in the middle of a hand while his opponent is deciding what his course of action will be.

Luske finished 14th in the 2003 World Series of Poker WSOP Main Event and 10th place in the 2004 WSOP Main Event. Nearly making the final table in 2004, he received $373,000. Marcel Luske has live tournament winnings during his career in excess of $3,300,000.

One hand Luske is well known for on television was during during the 2004 World Series of Poker when he made an impressive read on his opponent and laid down his hand pre-flop, saying "Your kings are good". While the other player claimed he held ace-king, the TV hole card camera allowed viewers to see that his opponent in fact held pocket kings.

Another recognizable moment shown on ESPN television was when Marcel Luske helped Brett 'gank' Jungblut cut his dread locked hair and pick out a suit during a special make-over of a poker player. Brett walked into the main event with cameras looking totally different from his well known hippie style.

Chris Moneymaker

Chris Moneymaker Poker Player

Christopher Moneymaker was born November 21, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia and is widely recognized as the biggest reason for the poker explosion. Chris Moneymaker as an amateur poker player won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event as a virtual unknown. Moneymaker's victory was a tremendous boost to poker reaching the masses as a sport because it taught the world that anyone could make money playing poker if the win a tournament even if that person is not a pro. Chris Moneymaker was working as a Tennessee accountant when he won a seat into the WSOP main event by winning a $39 satellite tournament on PokerStars, a popular online poker room. Chris Moneymaker $2.5 million win put him into the media spotlight and when it was revealed that this was his first live poker tournament the story exploded.

Moneymaker's heads-up battle with the cool, calm, and collected Sam Farha made for great television, especially when on the river Moneymaker bluffed "all in" with King high and got Sammy Farha to fold a pair of nines. This historical bluff altered the balance of momentum and allowed Moneymaker to take control on his way to winning the WSOP when his 5 diamonds and 4 spades beat Farha's J hearts and 10 diamonds when Moneymaker flopped bottom two pair and Farha flopped top pair of jacks. The two pair not only held up, but improved to a full house on the river as the on final board showed the J 5 4 8 5.

His autobiography, Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker was published in March 2005. His last name, Moneymaker, which added to the attention he received, is his true last name of German origin.

Chris Moneymaker success could be compared to a band making a one hit wonder. Since his win, Moneymaker has had almost no poker accomplishments. He is often referred to as being a fluke and many players use Moneymaker as joke, though his contribution to the sport of poker will never be forgotten.

Daniel Negreanu

>Daniel Negreanu Daniel Negreanu The Kid Poker Player

Daniel Negreanu was born July 26, 1974 and he is from Toronto, Canada. Daniel Negreanu, known as 'Kid Poker' dropped out of high school to begin playing poker professionally. Moving from Canada to Las Vegas, Daniel Negreanu went bust in his first attempt at conquering the poker rooms on the Las Vegas strip. Returning home briefly to rebuild his bankroll, Daniel Negreanu's poker career took off in 1997 when he won two events at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut for $133,600 and being given the honorable distinction as the tournament's best all-around player.

The next year, Kid Poker became the youngest player to win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 24 when he won the 1998 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event and $169,460 (That record was broke in 2004 and again in 2006 by Jeff Madsen). His unbelievable tournament poker success between 2004-2005 made him a superstar. Two WSOP bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles, many final table appearances, WSOP player of the year in 2004 and WPT player of the year in 2005 were some of the many accomplishments that Daniel Negreanu amassed over a short time period when he dominated the sport.

When the gigantic Wynn Casino opened its doors Daniel Negreanu was hired as the poker room ambassador, where he played many pro players in high stake freeze out games. These winner take all battles had a minimum buy-in of $100,000 and the challenger could pick his choice of games. Many famous pros like Barry Greenstien took advantage of the opportunity to play their best game against Daniel, however, Daniel, who was playing with his own money, held his own.
Daniel Negreanu Poker Player
Daniel Negreanu plays regularly in the 'Big Game' inside Bobby's Room at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Daniel is well known for his involvement in the poker community by being very outspoken in poker forums, originally on the 2 + 2 forum and more recently on the his site Full Contact Poker. He admits that he is an action junkie who enjoys setting challenging goals for himself.

Daniel's poker style is based on playing quite a few hands similar to Danish Superstar Gus Hansen. However, Daniel's ability to read opponents makes him one of the best in the game and allows him to dominate the table even when he is playing weaker hands. Negreanu explained that this skill comes from his keen observation of his opponents, what hands his opponents play, and how capable they are of playing those hands. He watches carefully even when not involved in the hand so he will be able to get a good read on his opponents later when he is involved in a hand with them.

Poker Player The Kid Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is a talented poker writer. He has written many articles for CardPlayer Magazine and wrote a section on Lowball in Doyle Brunson's Bestseller, Doyle Brunson's Super System II, Daniel Negreanu's Power Hold'em Strategy book, which is widely regarded as a must read for all poker players, uses a team of talented pros to write individual sections similar to Doyle Brunson's Super System. Kid Poker is a regular on television poker shows like High Stakes Poker, Late Night Poker, Poker After Darker, and the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament.

2007 World Series of Poker $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 3rd / 900 $101,351
2007 World Poker Open $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 2nd / 294 $502,691
2006 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship $15,000 No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 583 $592,000
2006 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions Freeroll No Limit Hold'em 2nd / 27 $325,000
2006 National Heads-Up Poker Championship $23,438 No Limit Hold'em 5th / 64 $75,000
2006 Jack Binion WSOP Tournament Circuit-Grand Tunica $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 1st / 241 $755,525
2005 L.A. Poker Classic $2,778 No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 180 $60,000
2005 The Sixth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 512 $384,322
2004 The Five Diamond World Poker Classic II $15,000 No Limit Hold'em 1st / 376 $1,770,218
2004 Borgata Poker Open $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 1st / 302 $1,117,400
2004 Championship Poker at the Plaza $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 1st / 68 $310,000
2004 World Series of Poker $2,000 Limit Hold'em 1st / 287 $169,100
2004 World Series of Poker $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 538 $100,940
2004 Party Poker Million III $7,000 No Limit Hold'em 2nd / 546 $675,178
2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $7,500 No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 221 $192,270
2003 Showdown at the Sands $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 6th / 197 $67,900
2003 World Series of Poker $3,000 No Limit Hold'em 2nd / 398 $210,980
2003 World Series of Poker $2,000 S.H.O.E. 1st / 135 $100,440
2002 World Series of Poker $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 2nd / 79 $85,400
2002 L.A. Poker Classic $300 Limit Hold'em 2nd / 591 $84,987
2002 L.A. Poker Classic $500 Pot Limit Hold'em 1st / 227 $113,500
2001 World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 11th / 613 $63,940
2001 1st Annual World Poker Challenge No Limit Hold'em 3rd / 171 $82,935
1999 United States Poker Championship No Limit Hold'em 1st/ 70 $210,000
1998 World Series of Poker $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em 1st / 229 $169,460
1997 World Poker Finals $1,500 Limit Hold'em 1st / 64 $96,000

Daniel Negreanu has won over $10,000,000 playing live poker tournaments, an amount that makes him have the highest tournament earnings of any poker player ever that has not won the World Series of Poker Main Event (Jamie Gold and Joseph Hachem have more total but both have a majority of their winnings from their WSOP Main Event titles).

Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer

Greg Raymer Poker Player

Greg Raymer was born on June 25, 1964 and has become one of the most recognizable poker figures in the world following his spectacular 2004 World Series of Poker main event win. Known for wearing opaque holographic sunglasses that he sometimes wears during hands, Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer became a poker icon after he parlayed a $160 online poker satellite tournament into a $10,000 seat in the WSOP main event and won $5 million dollars. After the win, he quit his day job as a long time patent attorney to play poker professionally and to promote the sport through his endorsement deal with Pokerstars online poker room. Raymer's nickname "Fossilman" come from his passion of collecting fossils and his use of a small fossil as a card protector while he plays poker.

In the No Limit Texas Hold'em main event Fossilman defeated up and coming superstar David Williams when his 8 of spades and 8 of diamonds defeated Williams' Ace of hearts and 4 of spades. The win, which duplicated Chris Moneymaker's similar online satellite to World Series of Poker main event championship in 2003 generated huge media attention and was a major force in helping the poker boom continue to grow.

Amazingly, Greg Raymer nearly replicated the feat the next year when he finished in 25th place out of 5,619 entrants in the 2005 WSOP Main Event for an additional $304,680. Playing against so many opponents in the tournament and finishing so strong gave a considerable amount of creditability to Greg Raymer's tournament poker skill and was described as one of the most incredible achievements in poker. The Fossilman suffered a bad beat with three tables remaining in the event when his pocket Kings lost to Aaron Kanter's Queen of hearts and Jack of hearts after Raymer trapped Kanter by getting him to call his all in bed as a huge 4 to 1 favorite. Kanter luckily made a flush on the river which crippled Raymer's stack and led to him being knocked out moments later.

Greg Raymer, using the Pokerstars name Fossilman, has also had recent online poker success with a 2nd place finish in a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament on PokerStars for over $180,000 out of more then 1,500 tournament players. On September 17, 2007 Raymer won the $320 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Pot Limit Omaha with Re-buys Event on PokerStars winning $168,362.

Robert Williamson III

Robert Williamson III Poker Player

Robert Williamson III was born November 7, 1970. A talented professional poker player from Dallas, Texas, Williamson III has made an impact in poker by dominating Pot Limit Omaha tournaments at the World Series of Poker. His father taught him how to play poker around the age of 10.

Robert Williamson III won a bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha in 2002 in the $5,000 buy-in World Series of Poker tournament for over $200,000. Pot Limit Omaha is his best game, as he has other great PLO finishes:
1999: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha - 3rd place ($43,250)
2003: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - 3rd place ($47,400)
2003: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha - 7th place ($16,100)
2004: $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha - 2nd place ($103,580)
2004: $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha - 11th place ($7,160)
2004: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - 14th place ($18,000)
2005: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - 2nd place ($353,115)
2007: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/ rebuys - 10th place ($41,229)

His live tournament winnings exceed $1,800,000, and in 2007 using the screen name "Miss Lulu" on Full TIlt Poker took 4th place out of 3,217 entrants in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series, also known as the FTOPS, $500 buy-in main event and won almost $90,000.

Robert Williamson III easy going nature has made him a popular player, but his intelligent play has made him a successful star.

Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold Poker PlayerPoker Player Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold was born August 25, 1969 and became a world famous poker player when he won the World Series of Poker Maine Event in dominating fashion at the 2006 WSOP. Jamie Gold was an American television producer and talent agent when he gave poker a chance. Jamie Gold's as an agent has a respectable list of clients such as James Gandolfini, Donnie Wahlberg, Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu, and Felicity Huffman.

Jamie Gold learned how to play poker when he was little, but he began serious understanding of the game when former WSOP main event champions Johnny Chan and Chris Moneymaker were working with Gold on an upcoming television show. Johnnie Chan mentor ed Gold in poker and Gold responded by having success throughout California in poker tournaments during 2005 including a win of more then $50,000.

During his historic championship run, Gold played a very controversial aggressive style that included keeping the pressure on all of the opponents at his table with constant bets and raises. This forced other players to commit either all of their chips to slow him down or fold. He then made good reads to determine if the player really had the hand when they played back or were bluffing. Bluff magazine said "He forced his table mates to risk their entire stack time after time. If they re raised him, he either knew they were holding the nuts and folded, or he sniffed out a bluff and forced them all in, he transformed this strategy into an art form."

During the 8,772 player event, Gold held the chip lead from day 4 to the end, a very rare feat. He also eliminated 7 of the 8 final table players, including Paul Wasicka heads-up, and won a record $12,000,000. The final hand Jamie Gold won was when his Q and 9 flopped top pair and got Paul Wasicka to call off the remainder of his stack with pocket 10s. Jamie Gold's well documented run towards the final table showed an unbelievable ability to get his opponents to call his bets when he had a powerful hand and to fold whenever he was bluffing. This timing was coupled with a lot of verbal banter that included saying he was weak or strong sometimes telling the truth and sometimes lying, but completely confused his opponents and made them make mistake after mistake.

The $12 million Jamie Gold won at the WSOP spent over a year in the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as the money was fought over in court. Gold allegedly had promised half his winnings to another business associate but went back on the deal after winning, and after a lawsuits was filed Gold made an undisclosed agreement for the money. Unfortunately, this bad press tarnished his win and hurt his reputation.

Furthermore, many accounts state that Jamie Gold promised to ESPN cameras before the start of the final table that he would give $1 million dollars to the dealers and floor people who worked at the WSOP that year if he won. Needless to say, many of the supporters in the stand who cheered him to victory were the dealers and floor people who were hoping he would make good on his promise. Unfortunately for them, Jamie Gold never made good on that promise.

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari Poker PlayerPoker Player Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari was born December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran. He is a very popular professional poker player much of this popularity coming from the chip and card tricks he did for TV. At the age of nineteen Antonio Esfandiari became a professional magician. Doing card tricks lead him to playing Hold'em, and in 2004 his tournament poker career jump started when he won nearly $1.4 million at the Commerce Casino. Later that year, he won a World Series of Poker bracelet in Pot-Limit Texas Hold 'em.

Throughout his career, Antonio Esfandiari has live tournament winnings over $2,700,000.

As one of poker television's greatest stars, Esfandiari played in the second and third seasons of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. He took 2nd during his second try in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, which was a huge improvement over his last place finish the first time. A regular player in the Game Show Network's High Stakes Poker television show. Antonio is very close friends with Phil "The Unabomber" Laak, and is co-starring in the TV show, I Bet You, on MOJO HD with The Unabomber.

Antonio Esfandiari amazed a couple of dozen onlookers including myself during the 2006 World Series of Poker, when in a cash game at the Rio Hotel and Casino Antonio was in a big no limit holdem hand heads up against 2005 main event champion Joseph Hachem. During the hand, Joe Hachem bluffed at the pot several times for a total of about $15,000 while Antonio called him down with a pocket pair of sevens. The great read that Antonio had on Hachem during that hand was something that fascinated everyone who was around the table and proved to me that Antonio Esfandiari skills will keep him in the spotlight for years to come.

Dennis Phillips

2008 World Series of Poker Final Table Poker Player Dennis Phillips

Dennis Phillips World Series of PokerDennis Phillips was the most talked about person in all of poker for several months after he held the chip lead when the World Series of Poker Main Event final table was set. Not only did Dennis Phillips make the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, but he possessed the chip lead with 26,295,000 chips. Dennis Phillips nearest challenger was Ivan Demidov who began the day with about 2 million less chips then him. There was a large gap between them and the rest of the final table players. Known as the November Nine was the World Series of Poker final table players who clinched their seat to the live on television final table by outlasting nearly 7,000 poker players in the multi-day WSOP Main Event tournament in July. The November Nine came back to Vegas in November 2008 to play out the final table and give each player a shot at $9 Million and poker immortality by being the 2008 World Series of Poker Champion.

Dennis Phillips had several up and down moments during the final table and eventually finished in 3rd place. His solid play changed a bit during the final table as he began making more bluffs against the powerful hands of his opponents. These untimely moves eventually led to his demise in third place.

Dennis Phillips is an account manager for Broadway Truck Centers in St. Louis, Missouri. Being loyal to his friends in St. Louis, Dennis Phillips turned away several endorsement deals by online poker rooms to wear their hats and logos in order to continue wearing the Broadway Truck Center shirts and St. Louis Cardinals hat he had been wearing. Dennis Phillips turned away an offer by Full Tilt Poker to wear the Full Tilt hat backwards opting to stick with the hat of his hometown favorite baseball team the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike many players who are required to wear logos of the online poker room where they won their seat playing in an online poker satellite tournament, Dennis Phillips does not have to because he won his seat in a $200 satellite at the Harrah's casino near his hometown of St. Louis.

Playing poker for 4 years as an active hobby, Dennis Phillips has an impressive track record of cashing in local tournaments in the St. Louis area. At nearby Tunica, Mississippi Dennis Phillips has two 2007 World Series of Poker circuit events cashes in no limit holdem tournaments, a 9th place finish for $2,386 and a 7th place finish for $2,192.

Winning the bracelet at the World Series of Poker main event is an accomplishment of epic proportions and a dream held by nearly every person who has ever played poker seriously. Chip leader Dennis Phillips was in a prime position to capture the bracelet this year and odds makers had Dennis Phillips priced at 4 to 1 to win the WSOP Main Event. After playing phenomenal poker for all of the days of the main event and outlasting every major poker pro in the world, Dennis Phillips took a commanding chip lead and continued to apply pressure on the shorter stacks as they winded down towards the final table. The 2008 WSOP final table was the most anticipated final table in the history of poker and the history of the World Series of Poker.

Dennis Phillips Pictures Playing Poker

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Dennis Phillips Poker Tournament History

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Dennis Phillips Total World Series of Poker Cashes

Dennis Phillips has two World Series of Poker cashes in the 2008 and 2009 World Series of Poker main events. As the chip leader entering the final table in November 2008 Dennis Phillips had a great chance to capture his first WSOP bracelet. However, a few untimely bluffs during the final table crippled Dennis Phillips' chip stack and he ended up finishing in 3rd place. Dennis Phillips follow up performance in 2009 was nearly as remarkable as he finished in the top 100.

Dennis Phillips has two 2007 World Series of Poker circuit events cashes in no limit holdem tournaments, a 9th place finish for $2,386 and a 7th place finish for $2,192.

David Chino Rheem

David Rheem is a professional poker player from Los Angeles, California. Known to his friends by the name 'Chino', David Rheem has been playing poker for about ten years including playing poker online and over the last few years Chino has made a name for himself in the tournament poker world with some very strong performances. Beginning in 2005 with a World Series of Poker cash, David 'Chino' Rheem has been tearing up the felt in poker tournaments ever since.

David Chino Rheem

David 'Chino' Rheem made the Final Table of the 2008 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event. Along with eight other players, David Rheem battled for the coveted World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet and the honor to be named World Champion on the biggest poker stage. ESPN aired the final table live after months of promoting the tournament, making this years World Series of Poker the most anticipated and important final table ever in the history of poker. With 10,230,000 chips, David Rheem began the final table seventh in chips out of the final nine players. Throughout the days leading up to the final table, David Rheem went on a roller coaster chip ride from big stack to short stack to big stack and made the final table as a relative short stack. As one of only two true professional poker players, David Rheem was one of the favorites in the November Nine Final Table but ended up finishing 6th.

Following his final table David 'Chino' Rheem followed up his performance with an even more impressive final table appearance. David Rheem won the World Poker Tour $25,000 buy-in Main Event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

David Rheem has been playing on the professional poker tournament circuit for a few years. Chino has several World Poker Tour (WPT) cashes and six World Series of Poker (WSOP) cashes as well. David Rheem nearly won a bracelet in the 2006 No Limit Holdem $1,000 rebuy event finishing second and earning $328,000. This is not the first time David Rheem cashed in the main event as Chino has cashed in the Main Event of the WSOP before. During the 2008 WSOP, David Rheem cashed in the $5,000 mixed holdem event to go along with his guarantee of at least $900,670 cash in the main event. David Rheem signed some endorsement deals before the Main Event in November which rewarded this talented young pro the recognition he deserves for his amazing poker abilities. The World Series of Poker may be over until November, but there are other poker tournaments happening all the time.

David 'Chino' Rheem Pictures Playing Poker at the World Series of Poker David Chino Rheem World Series of Poker
David Rheem with a Mountain of Poker Chips at the World Series of Poker Main Event and with the poker odds in his favor he would go on to the make the November Nine final table.
David Chino Rheem Playing Poker
David Rheem Shuffling Chips While Jamming to His Ipod
David Chino Rheem
David Chino Rheem Contemplating a Big Decision in the World Series of Poker
David Rheem
2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Player David Rheem Reading His Opponents and contemplating his poker strategy.
David Rheem WSOP Final Table
Poker Player David Rheem Moments Before Making the 2008 World Series of Poker Final Table.
David Rheem World Series of Poker
David Chino Rheem En Route to the 2008 WSOP Main Event Final Table

David 'Chino' Rheem Total World Series of Poker Cashes 6

Best Finish at World Series of Poker for David Rheem is 2nd Place in the No Limit Holdem 2006 World Series of Poker for $327,981

Poker Legends

Thomas Amarillo Slim Preston Jr.

Amarillo Slim World Series of PokerAmarillo Slim Preston

Amarillo Slim's real name is Thomas Austin Preston Jr. He won the 1972 World Series of Poker and was inducted into poker's Hall of Fame in 1992. Amarillo Slim Preston was probably never the best player in any tournament, but he always was the center of attention with the media. Amarillo Slim was one of the legends of poker that emerged from the state of Texas, home of other legends like Johnny Moss and Doyle Brunson. The pictures here show Amarillo Slim Preston in the media spotlight during the mid 1970's and still in the media spotlight at the 2005 World Series of Poker.

p>Prior to the explosive growth of poker in the early 21st Century, Amarillo Slim Preston was once regarded as the most famous professional poker player in the world. Before poker became increasingly popular after the turn of the century, Amarillo Slim had already established himself as by far the most well known poker player. Widely considered the first poker celebrity, his incredible personality was displayed on many occasions on The Late Show, a late night talk show, and in many other television shows including Good Morning America, 60 Minutes and the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. Amarillo Slim acted in California Split with director Robert Altman alongside Hollywood legends George Segal and Elliot Gould.

Amarillo Slim is now over 70 years old yet can still be found playing at the World Series of Poker and in his specialty cash games No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Holdem, and Pot Limit Omaha. Recently, he published his autobiography, titled Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People.

The stories about Amarillo Slim Preston are unforgettable and his proposition bets are legendary. He beat Minnesota Fats in a game of pocket billiards using a broomstick. Another hustler, Bobby Riggs, was hustled by Amarillo Slim when he lost to Slim in a game of ping pong-when Amarillo was using an iron skillet as his paddle! Evel Knievel and Willie Nelson lost wagers to Amarillo Slim, and many more people got hustled by him including Hustler publisher Larry Flynt for $2 million, but most forgave his transgressions, save the IRS. They understood that hustling was just part of who he was. He even did a little hustling to infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

"Poker is a game of people... It's not the hand I hold, it's the people that I play with." - Amarillo Slim
"Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker."- Amarillo Slim
"Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker." - Amarillo Slim
"They anticipate losing when they sit down and I try my darndest not to disappoint one of them." - Amarillo Slim

Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein Playing Poker at the World Series of Poker

Barry Greenstein is a professional poker player. Barry Greenstein has become one of the most recognizable poker faces in the world of high stakes poker because of his unique demeanor and philanthropic ideals.

Barry Greenstein plays poker regularly in the "Big Game" at the Bellagio, where he has consistently won for years playing mixed games. The Big Game uses a mixed game format that changes every 8 hands. With rapid game changes, specialists at just one or two games have their weaknesses exposed in the other games. Barry Greenstein plays all of the games at an expert level and really does not have any particular weaknesses at any particular game.

The games they play in the Bellagio's Big Game are:

No Limit and Pot Limit with $100,000 cap, which is the maximum amount any player can lose on each hand.
No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Ace toFive single draw, No Limit Deuce to Seven single draw.

$4000-$8000 limit games:
Omaha Eight or Better, Seven-Stud High, Seven-Stud Eight-or-Better, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em and Razz

Barry Greenstein, known as "The Robin Hood of Poker" receives a great amount of attention from the media because of his history of donating much of his winnings to charity. Unlike most poker players, the attention Barry Greenstein receives is not something he seeks out because his personality is a very unassuming, quite demeanor that is obviously reflected in his presence at the poker table. The charities Barry Greenstein donates to are usually children's charities that help young children who suffer from diseases, come from broken homes, orphaned, and children who need assistance.

Barry Greenstein Famous Poker Player

Barry Greenstein's style of play is very methodical and analytical. Barry uses a great deal of mathematical odds calculations when deciding how to play a particular hand against an opponent. Greenstein's expert level precision play enables him to go deep in tournaments that have very large fields and often makes the final table. Barry Greenstein has 2 World Series of Poker bracelets and 3 World Poker Tour titles.

WSOP Bracelets: 2

  • 2004 $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw
  • 2005 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

WPT Titles: 3

  • 2004 Jack Binion World Poker Open, Tunica, Mississippi
  • 2006 WPT Invitational, Los Angeles, California
  • 2007 WPT Poker by the Book, Las Vegas, Nevada

Barry Greenstein learned how to play poker from his poker playing father. Greenstein was born in Chicago, Illinois and received a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. Before becoming a professional poker player, Barry Greenstein was into computer software development including working for Symantec, one of the leading Anti-virus software companies in the world. Barry Greenstein currently lives in California.

Barry Greenstein recently released an advanced poker strategy book titled "Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide contains stories of his successes in poker, his charitable ideals, and expert poker concept instruction. Barry Greenstein is well known for giving away a copy of his book, Ace on the River, to the player who knocks him out of a tournament.

Barry Greenstein autographs the book and adds the details of the hand history. Using the name barryg1, Barry Greenstein plays poker by his sponsor Pokerstars and is a member of Team Pokerstars. Barry Greenstein regularly appears on the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and the Game Show Networks' High Stakes Poker television shows. Barry Greenstein has over $5,000,000 in live tournament poker winnings.

Mike Caro

Mike Caro Poker Player

Mike "Mad Genius" Caro was born May 16, 1944 is a widely recognized professional poker player. Mike Caro pioneered poker theory and wrote several widely read poker books. In 1978 Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker, Mike Caro wrote the chapter on draw poker and added an appendix section that contained 50 statistical tables. Caro also consults with casinos about odds on their table games and was a key member of the development team who created Poker Probe, one of the first computer programs fo analyzing poker hands.

Mike Caro University of Poker, Gambling and Life Strategy, a poker school, is what Mike Caro is best known for as the founder and head instructor. In the minority, he stated in the early 90's that online poker would not only work, its popularity would become greater then casino poker.

Best Known for his Caro's Book of Poker Tells which also has a DVD release, the book has helped thousands learn the body language of poker by understanding tells. Caro is also the author of these great poker books, The Body Language of Poker, Bobby Baldwin's Winning Poker Secrets, Caro on Gambling, Caro's Fundamental Secrets of Winning Poker, Gambling Times Official Rules of Poker, Gambling Times Quiz Book, Master Hold'em and Omaha Poker, New Poker Games, Odds Quick and Simple, Professional Hold'em Play by Play, Poker at the Millennium, and Poker for Women: A Course in Destroying Male Opponents at Poker and Beyond.

In 1984 at the World Series of Poker he displayed his poker playing computer program, Orac - his last name backwards, which well before its time actually impressed many poker pros with its ability. a poker-playing computer program that he had written. Orac was the world's first serious attempt at an AI poker player, and most poker professionals were surprised at how well it played.

Mike Caro has won over $120,000 in live tournaments, though he has not had the success that most people would think. Mike has not won a World Series of Poker bracelet which he has tried harder in recent years to obtain by playing more events. However, his personal success in tournaments will never compare to the enormous contributions Mike Caro has made to the game of poker.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson at the World Series of PokerDoyle Brunson talks strategy with Phil Ivey

The best known legend of poker, Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson has been earning recognition since 1960's when he used to travel around the country to beat the best players in the world. The greatest poker book of all time, Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker, with its individual sections written by other famous poker players, has been considered the Bible of poker and has sold millions of copies. Doyle Brunson's Super System II released a few years ago and again has sections written by top players of today including Daniel Negreanu..

Doyle Brunson's poker accomplishments are phenomenal over his very successful career. Doyle Brunson made the final table of the first World Poker Tour Championship and won the Legends of Poker World Poker Tour event. Doyle Brunson was Inducted into the Poker Walk of Fame alongside Gus Hansen and James Garner.

Doyle Brunson's 10 WSOP Bracelets

1976 Deuce to Seven Draw
1977 Seven-Card Stud Split
1978 Seven Card Stud
1979 Mixed Doubles
1991 No Limit Holdem
2005 No Limit Holdem
1998 Seven Card Stud
2003 H.O.R.S.E,
1976 Main Event
1977 Main Event

Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan were alone at the top of the all time bracelet ladder with 10 apiece, until recently when Phil Hellmuth added a tenth and then an eleventh bracelet to take the lead. Doyle Brunson's poker resume is legendary, and his recent success has just added to his lore.

Born in Longworth, Texas on August 10, 1933, he grew up playing several sports, most notably basketball and track.Doyle Brunson Playing Basketball He was selected as one of the five best basketball players in the state of Texas. Doyle's athleticism was showcased while dominating Texas in high school track and field. Easily the fastest mile runner in the state running the mile in 4 minutes and 18 seconds. In his famous book Super Sytstem, Doyle mentions how a stack of sheet rock fell and crushed his leg. The knee injury kept him from going to the NBA where the Minneapolis Lakers wanted to draft him.

Doyle Brunson began focusing on poker to satisfy his competitive needs.

Like Amarillo Slim, "Texas Dolly" was also a well known prop better, including a famous bet where he won $1 million when a friend bet he could not lose 100 pounds off of his current weight.Leonardo Dicaprio and Doyle BrunsonDoyle Brunson WSOP 2006 with Thais Jungblut

Doyle married his wife Louise in 1962, and they had four children, including successful top poker pro, Todd Brunson. You will often here the term "Doyle Brunson" at the table in reference to the poker hand 10-2, because this is the final hand from both of his main event championships in the mid-1970s. The pictures above show Doyle Brunson talking with Phil Ivey, Leonardo Dicaprio and Doyle Brunson playing at the World Series of Poker

Chip Reese

Chip Reese Poker Poker Player Chip Reese

RIP Chip Reese. Chip Reese died on December 4th, 2007 in his sleep from pneumonia.

Doyle Brunson: “I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends today. He was one of the most unique individuals I have ever known and poker has lost one of the greats today.”

Todd Brunson: “I have lost a mentor and friend today. He was like a family member to me.”

T.J. Cloutier said that Chip "never said a bad word about anybody" and that Reese was the "greatest poker player that ever lived."

David Edward "Chip" Reese (1951-2007) was one of the best all around poker players who ever lived. When he was young, he missed a year of school because of a rheumatic fever. While being home schooled, his mother showed Chip different card games including poker. He later described himself as "a product of that year", and by the time he was six years old he was regularly beating 11 and 12 year olds in poker. Chip Reese went to Dartmouth for college where he paid his way by playing poker against other students and professors. Chip Reese turned down Stanford Business School for his masters degree but after winning $40,000 in a Las Vegas poker tournament decided to become a professional poker player. Chip Reese Poker Player Chip quickly gained the respect of other notable poker players and was asked by Doyle Brunson to write the Seven Card Stud section of Doyle Brunson's Super System, the greatest poker book of all time. Doyle Brunson forward in the book said Chip Reese was "one of the two finest young poker players in the world" and clearly the best Seven Card Stud player he had ever played.

At the World Series of Poker, Chip Reese won the $1000 Seven Card Stud Split tournament in 1978 and the $5000 Seven Card Stud tournament in 1982. His tournament success shows just a small segment of his poker success because Chip Reese mainly played cash games. Chip Reese was a regular winner in the 'Big Game' at the Bellagio for many years. Chip's induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1991 made him the youngest living player in the Poker Hall of Fame.

Recently, Chip Reese won the 2006 World Series of Poker's largest buy-in tournament in history, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. The $1,716,000 first prize and the title solidified his reputation as being one of the greatest all around poker players of all time. The heads up battle with Andy Bloch lasted over 7 hours and 286 hands were played before Chip Reese's Ace of clubs and Queen of clubs put Andy Bloch's 9 of clubs and 8 of spades all in on the final hand, and the J7744 board earned Chip Reese the victory.

Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen Poker PlayerPoker Player Scotty Nguyen

Thuan "Scotty" Nguyen was born October 28, 1962 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. One of the most recognizable professional poker players, Scotty Nguyen can be seen playing in nearly every tournament year round. Scotty Nguyen is famous for saying "baby" and "yeah baby" frequently during poker tournaments. Playing with a lot of emotion, he is also well known for describing a bat beat somebody takes as "That's poker baby".

From 2000 to 2004 he cashed in more than hundred different tournaments. His fame started during the 1998 World Series of Poker when he won the main event, and has a total of four World Series of Poker bracelets. The final hand of the World Series of Poker 1998 Main Event the community cards contained a full house, 9-9-8-8-8. As one of the most famous WSOP lines in history, Scotty said to his opponent Kevin McBride: "You call, gonna be all over baby!". McBride made the call, and Scotty Nguyen had a 9 in his hand to give him a better full house, 9-9-9-8-8 and win the championship.Unfortunately, the greatest moment in Scotty's life was overshadowed by a tragic death to his brother the very next day when a car hit his brother in Vietnam. Scotty honors his brother by not wearing his 1998 World Series of Poker Championship bracelet.

A regular fixture at World Poker Tour final tables, Nguyen won the WPT World Poker Open event in Tunica Mississippi in 2006. With four players remaining including the breakout performance of Gavin Smith who took fourth, Scotty Nguyen beat Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi heads-up in when his Ace of clubs and Queen of clubs made the nut flush against Mizrachi's Ace of spades and Jack of diamonds on the first hand heads-up. Scotty joins an elite group of 5 players to win both the main event of the World Series of Poker and a World Poker Tour title.


Recently Scotty Nguyen bubbled the final table of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 11th place out of 6,358 entrants and won $476,926. At the end, he played a hand very badly when he check raised with a pair of queens on a king high board into a player who flopped a set.

Scotty Nguyen Poker Player

His total live tournament winnings are about $8,000,000.

Scotty Nguyen has also made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour playing Elimination Blackjack.

Scotty Nguyen's World Series of Poker Bracelets include 2 Omaha 8 or Better (1997, 2001) for $156,950 and $287,580, the 1998 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship for $1,000,000 and the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2001 for $178,480 2001.

Scotty Nguyen is one of the most entertaining poker celebrities and often entertains the crowd around him as well as the players at his table. Often drinking beer while playing, Scotty's card sense and style allow him to amass large chip leads in many tournaments he enters. His friendly and fun loving personality especially in front of the cameras coupled with the sheer number of tournaments he enters makes him a regular fixture in televised poker tournaments.

TJ Cloutier

TJ Cloutier Poker

TJ Cloutier is a top level professional poker tournament player. TJ Cloutier has probably played in more real life tournaments then any other player in the world and has likely won more of those tournaments then any player in the world.

A regular on the poker circuit, TJ Cloutier has twice finished runner up in the World Series of Poker main event. The second time, in 2000, TJ Cloutier had Chris "Jesus" Ferguson drawing very slim with only the river to come to win the WSOP title. Cloutier's Ace-Queen lost to Chris Ferguson's Ace-Nine on the river when a nine hit. Overall, TJ Cloutier has over 60 major tournament victories which puts him at the top of the poker world. TJ Cloutier has won 6 World Series of Poker bracelets.

World Series of Poker Bracelets
1987 $1,000 Limit Omaha Hi $72,000
1994 $1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or Better $135,000
1994 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em $163,000
1998 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi $136,000
2004 $1,500 Seven Card Razz $90,500
2005 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em $657,100

TJ Cloutier's World Series of Poker resume is very impressive, he is the only one in history to win all three types of Omaha games played at the WSOP. TJ Cloutier has won Pot Limit Omaha High, Limit Omaha High, and Limit Omaha 8 or Better bracelets in addition to two Holdem and one Razz titles. TJ Cloutier has four top 5 finishes in the WSOP main event, including two 2nd place finishes in 1985 and 2000. TJ Cloutier's 39 WSOP final table appearances rank him alongside Phil Hellmuth as the most all time. With about $10 million dollars in live tournament winnings, TJ Cloutier has clearly been one of poker's greatest players of all time.

World Series of Poker TJ Cloutier

TJ Cloutier is widely considered addicted to gambling. His biggest past time outside of tournament poker is clearly the Craps table in the casino. Between tournaments and during breaks, TJ Cloutier is very often seen playing craps for large amounts of money, and this gambling has likely limited his poker bankroll. TJ Cloutier oftens sells a large percentage of himself in tournaments to backers.

TJ Cloutier poker style is one in which he often changes gears depending on the situation and the opponents he is playing poker against. As an ex-football star in his younger days, TJ Cloutiers pure size makes him automatically a presence at the poker table. TJ Cloutier's skillful play and deep understanding of poker strategies make him a player that nobody wants at their tournament table if given the choice.

Thomas James Cloutier was born on October 13, 1939 in Albany, California and was inducted into the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame in 2006. TJ Cloutier went to the University of California, Berkely and played football and baseball on scholarship. His 1959 UC Berkley football team appeared in the Rose Bowl. After college, TJ Cloutier was drafted into the US Army where he learned to play poker. When his tour of duty was over, TJ Cloutier played in the Canadian Football League until an injury ended his professional football career.

A well known poker author, TJ Cloutier has recently released How To Win The Championship: Hold'em Strategies for The Final Table.

Other TJ Cloutier poker strategy books TJ Cloutier has wrote alongside poker superstar Tom McEvoy are:

  • Championship Hold'em Tournament Hands: A Hand By Hand Strategy Guide to Winning Hold'em Tournaments
  • Championship Hold'em (The Championship)
  • Championship Omaha (Championship)
  • Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold 'Em (Championship Series)


Phil Hellmuth

Poker Player Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth Poker Player

Phil J. Hellmuth, Jr. was born July 16, 1964 and is the greatest World Series of Poker player ever because he owns a record 11 bracelets including a WSOP Main Event title in 1989. A member of the Poker Hall of Fame his 1989 win made the 24 year old Phil Hellmuth the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event by defeating heads up the two time defending champion, Johnny Chan.

In 2006 Phil Hellmuth won his 10th WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 No Limit Holdem with re buy event tying him with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Phil Hellmuth's bracelets have all come playing Hold'em, where as Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have won other poker variation events. In 2007 he conquered the poker world when he won his 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event. Hellmuth holds the record for most WSOP Cashes at 63 and is tied with TJ Cloutier for most WSOP final tables at 39. Phil Hellmuth won nearly has won nearly $6 Million at the WSOP and is ranked 7th on the WSOP All Time Money List.

Well known for his nickname, the Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth is a very sore loser. The Poker Brat regularly makes negative remarks about his opponents' skills especially after taking bad beats. One of these remarks accused an amateur tournament player of not even being able to spell 'poker' after his opponent went all in pre flop with King Jack and beat Hellmuth's Ace King when he hit a jack and won the pot. Phil Hellmuth has also been quoted as saying:
"If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every one"
"I've revolutionized the way to play Texas hold 'em."

Many pros and amateurs believe his attitude is disrespectful, nobody can question his poker skills. His ego is intensified when under the spotlight and some of his actions are probably done for the cameras as he sells himself as the 'Poker Brat'.

World Series of Poker bracelets
1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $755,000
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $188,000
1993 $1,500 Limit Hold'em $138,000
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em $161,400
1993 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em $173,000
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $204,000
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em $316,000
2003 $2,500 Limit Hold'em $171,400
2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em $410,860
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with re buys $631,863
2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $637,254

Phil Hellmuth has written and produced some excellent poker strategy books. Phil Hellmuth's most famous one, Play Poker Like the Pros is very focused on poker tournament strategy. Phil Hellmuths other work Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells< deals more with his poker stories and reading player poker faces and tells at the table.

In 2005, Hellmuth won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He defeated Men Nguyen, Paul Phillips, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman and Antonio Esfandiari on the way to the final against Chris Ferguson whom he defeated in two out of three games. While trying to repeat in 2006, he lost in the first round to Chip Reese.His total live tournament winnings exceed $9,580,000, ranking him fourth on the All Time Money List behind Jamie Gold, Joseph Hachem and Daniel Negreanu.

Phil Hellmuth owns a stake in poker stocks most notably one online poker room in particular. In 2009 his site pushed him a pot in an online poker hand that he had lost, making for an awkward situation. Hellmuth of course returned the money and the computer glitch was quickly fixed.

Record 11 WSOP Bracelets

Phil Hellmuth has 11 total bracelets which makes him the most winning player at the WSOP.

The Phil Hellmuth journey began in spectacular fashion when he won the World Series of Poker Main Event back in 1989. Legendary poker player Johnny Chan was trying to win an unprecedented third straight World Championship title and had maneuvered his way through the field until he was heads-up. Little did he know that the relatively unknown player across from him, Phil Hellmuth, would one day have more bracelets then anybody in the world. The young Hellmuth overtook Johnny Chan that day and the rest is history.

YearTournamentPrize ($)
1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $755,000
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $168,000
1993 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $161,400
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em $173,000
1993 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $138,000
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $204,000
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em $316,550
2003 $2,500 Limit Hold'em $171,400
2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em $410,860
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with re buys $631,863
2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $637,254
Phil Hellmuth World Series of Poker Feature Table Las Vegas WSOP Championship

Phil Hellmuth's Record 11 World Series of Poker Bracelets have all come in Hold'em. Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson are not to far behind Phil Hellmuth. One of Phil Hellmuth's future challengers to his total titles would be the talented pro poker player Phil Ivey, who now has 6 bracelets.

Phil Hellmuth World Series of Poker Big Hand


Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth stares down an opponent at the World Series of Poker.

Phil Hellmuth's Nickname is The Poker Brat

Nicknamed the The Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth tends to be very outspoken and critical of many players and those player inferior decision making abilities at the poker table. Bad Beats really tend to set him off. In one hand, he tells an amateur tournament player that he could not "Spell Poker'. This was in response to his opponent catching a jack in a pre flop all-in pot when Phil Hellmuth had him dominated Ace-King to King-Jack.

Phil Hellmuth Poker Brat UltimateBet Jersey Phil Poker Brat Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth Famous Quotes:

"If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every one"

"I've revolutionized the way to play Texas hold 'em."

Poker Author Phil Hellmuth Book Signing

Phil Hellmuth Trying to Hold it Together Against Annie Duke in the WSOP Tournament of Champions

Annie Duke's Unexpected Win at the Tournament of Champions Sets Phil Hellmuth Off. The one table winner-take-all televised invitation only tournament paid $1 Million for first place; second place Phil Hellmuth got $0.

Phil Hellmuth's Short Stack Strategy

Phil Ivey takes over 1/2 million dollars from Hellmuth in Chinese Poker

Sam Farha vs. Phil Hellmuth

Toto Leonidas Puts a Tough Beat on Phil Hellmuth

Another Phil Hellmuth Rant

Biography of One of Poker's Most Famous Players

Phil J. Hellmuth, Jr. was born July 16, 1964

One of the Greatest Tournament Players in the World

Holds Record 11 WSOP Bracelets

Poker Author

Poker Site Owner

Poker Television Star

Holds Record for Most WSOP Cashes

2005 Won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Hellmuth defeated Men Nguyen, Paul Phillips, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman and Antonio Esfandiari. In the finals Hellmuth beat Chris Ferguson in two out of three games.

Phil Hellmuth is near the top of Tournament Poker's All Time Money Winners.

World Series of Poker Hall of Fame Member

Phil Hellmuth Biography Pictures Statistics
Phil Hellmuth World Series of Poker Television Cameras Feature Table


Phil Hellmuth the Poker Instructor

Phil Hellmuth loves to teach people how to play poker like those that teach strategy at poker schools. Hellmuth is arguably the greatest tournament poker player ever since he broke onto the world poker stage by winning the 1989 World Series of Poker Championship after an intense heads-up battle against two time World Champion Johnny Chan.

Gus Hansen

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Gustav Hansen was born February 13, 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the most popular professional poker players. Before becoming a poker pro in 1997, Hansen was a master backgammon player and tennis champion when he was younger. Gus refers to himself as a professional gambler and often takes proposition bets on anything, for example athletic challenges like running. Gus Hansen began playing poker when he was an exchange student at The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993. Known for his very unique style of play, which is viewed as being very loose and very aggressive. Often Gus Hansen plays any two cards before the flop and will raise or bluff with them unpredictably, which often makes his opponents make mistakes. For example, players often call or raise when he bets which gives him great action on his good hands.

He has won over $5,000,000 in live tournaments. At the World Series of Poker, Gus Hansen cashed in the 2004 main event when he took 150th place, and in 2007 Gus Hansen made another great main event showing by finishing 61st and collected $154,194 for his efforts. Gus Hansen greatest success is on the World Poker Tour as he has captured three WPT titles, a feat no one else has accomplished.

Gus Hansen also won the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament the first year it was held and collecting $1 million dollars by winning the final table amongst of some of the biggest pro names in the sport. During the second season of High Stakes Poker, Gus Hansen beat Daniel Negreanu in the second biggest pot, $575,700, that the show has ever had after he flopped a set of fives to Daniel's set of sixes and spiking quad fives on the turn when the case five came out. Unfortunately, Gus Hansen loses much of what he has won playing in the "Big Game" at the Bellagio and through sports betting, both of which have accounted for him losing several million dollars.

People Magazine voted him as the "Sexiest Poker Player" in the 2004, 50 Sexiest Men Alive issue.

Gus Hansen popularity comes from his perceived reckless style which has been well documented on television. However, he recently has stated that his perceived style does not accurately reflect how he plays, because he is usually controlling the situation and plays much more conservative then what the television makes his opponents believe. This incorrect perception adds to his tournament success as many opponents assume he has two random pocket cards and therefore overplay their own hands but find out that Gus Hansen was actually playing a legitimate hand instead.