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  • Poker Player Profile: Amarillo Slim  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Thomas Austin Preston Jr. is one of the great legendary figures in the world of professional poker, but to most fans he is much better known as “Amarillo Slim”. Strangely enough, Amarillo Slim isn’t a Texan by birth. He was actually born in Johnson, Arkansas, on December 31, 1928, but he now does reside in Amarillo, Texas.

    Amarillo Slim is a colorful throwback to the “old days” when poker – then regarded as a disreputable game – was played in the back rooms of saloons, poo...
  • Jaime Gold – Grand Prize Winner – 2006 WSOP  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Not so very long ago poker was just another card game, but not anymore. Poker has evolved – thanks to The World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour – into what might almost be considered a “sport” attracting unprecedented player participation, and literally “legions” of fans.

    Just think of it, this 2006 World Series of Poker enjoyed the highest player participation in its 37 years of tournament existence, and the prize money was phenomenal. Chip leader Jaime Gold, of ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Howard Lederer  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Howard Lederer was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1965. His father was an English teacher and Howard was used to playing games on a regular basis with his academically-oriented family. When he was in his teens, he was an avid chess player and he moved to New York City at eighteen to indulge his love of the game.

    He learned to play poker at one of his chess clubs and poker took the place of chess in his life. Howard was attending Columbia University at the time but his s...
  • Poker Player Profile: Gus Hansen  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Gus Hansen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973 is known as “The Great Dane” because of his aggressive method of playing poker. He is strongly competitive, has an excellent mind and is skilled at playing games such as physical sports as well as poker. Before coming to the United States and playing his first poker game in Santa Cruz, California, he excelled in tennis and soccer as well as chess and backgammon.

    Considering that Gus is relatively new to the game, he has done ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Doyle Brunson  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, one of the most successful gamblers in the world, is considered an icon in the game of poker. Born in Longworth, Texas in 1933, he originally planned an athletic career with the Minneapolis Lakers which was cut short by an injury to his knee - thereby making it necessary for him to rethink his options. After his initial introduction to poker after graduating from college with a Masters Degree in Education, Brunson found his calling.

    Brunson wa...
  • Poker Player Profile: Kathy Liebert  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Kathy Liebert is in her mid-thirties, has been playing poker since 1991 and is one of the female pioneers in the game. She was born in Tennessee, was raised in Long Island, New York and obtained an undergraduate degree in Business and Finance. Kathy had worked at Dun and Bradstreet as a Business Analyst after graduation and considered the stock market as a career for some time.

    However, she eventually became disenchanted with the business world. Since she had made some wis...
  • Poker Player Profile: T. J. Cloutier  By : Kenneth Bateman
    T. J. Cloutier was born in Albany, California is 1939. He is married, has six children and now makes his home in Richardson, Texas with his second wife, Joy. He was attending the University of California at Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for both baseball and football and in 1959, played in the Rose Bowl. He dropped out of school to help his father pay his mother’s medical bills and was later drafted into the United States Army.

    The first time he played poker was in...
  • Poker Player Profile: Phil Ivey  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Phil Ivey, sometimes known as “The Tiger Woods of Poker”, was born in Riverside, California on February 1, 1976. His family moved East to New Jersey when he was three months old and that is where he lived until he became a Poker star.

    As a child, he played cards with his grandfather who tried to teach him the evils of gambling. This exposure to card playing actually was a motivating factor to young Phil to make gambling his career. Consequently, at the age of 16, he announ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Scotty Nguyen  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Scotty Nguyen, also known as “The Train” and “The Prince of Poker”, was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam in 1962 and escaped from the Communists when he was 14 years old. He spent his first year in the United States living in Chicago and then moved to California where he grew up. Instead of focusing on his school work, he spent a great deal of time learning to play Poker.

    Scotty is sometimes known as “one of the most admired professional Poker players in the world as well as one...
  • Poker Player Profile: Daniel Negreanu  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Arnie and Constantin Negreanu immigrated from Romania to Toronto, Ontario, Canada with their two sons in 1967. In July of 1974, Constantin gave birth to Daniel, the couple’s third son.

    Daniel Negreanu was a free spirit who was attracted to the lure of gambling from an early age. Dropping out of high school only one credit short of graduation, he pursued his calling with a dedication never shown in the classroom.

    He played anywhere he could find a game of Poker, legal or...
  • Poker Player Profile: David Ulliot  By : Kenneth Bateman
    David Ulliot is an Englishman who is one of the world’s best professional Poker players and incidentally, one of the most ferociously competitive players as well – hence the nickname “Devilfish”!

    He was born in Hull England on January 4th, 1954 and enjoyed card playing with his friends and family from an early age. David instinctively adopted the strategies, cunning and aggressive play that he was to bring to maturity as a professional player.

    David Ulliot first won a W...
  • Poker Player Profile: Greg Raymer  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Gregory (Greg) Raymer, also known as “The Fossilman”, is an interesting, multi-faceted character. He was born in Minot, North Dakota in 1964. Greg completed high school in St. Louis, Missouri and majored in Chemistry at the University of Missouri.

    In 1992, he began practicing as a Patent Attorney after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, and Patent Attorney he was for a decade.

    His work for a pharmaceutical company in Stonington, Connecticut brought ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Chris Moneymaker  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Many people have commented that the first time they heard the name “Chris Moneymaker”, they thought it was a joke! Far from being a joke, Chris Moneymaker is now an icon whose name is well known in the annals of Texas Hold’em Poker.

    Chris is the first person to win the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) Tournament by qualifying on the Internet. In fact, the first actual table game he played was at the WSOP. Before participating in the WSOP, his poker playing was limi...
  • Poker Player Profile: Phil Hellmuth  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Phil Hellmuth is a well known and controversial poker player. He attended the University of Wisconsin for three years but decided to make poker playing his profession and dropped out of school. Born on July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, his stated career goal is “to become the best poker player of all time”. His first step toward this achievement was taken in 1989 when he was 24 years old. At that time, he won his first World Series of Poker Title and was the youngest Poker...
  • The Focus On Chris Moneymaker  By : David Walker
    The whole world watched Chris Moneymaker as he turned a $40 online entry fee into an astonishing $2.5 million dollars by winning the World Series of Poker.
  • Four of Poker's Nice Guys  By : David Walker
    Here is a rundown of four of the more well known “nice guys” of the game. However, when you are at the table all bets are off and it's “no more Mr Nice Guy” until they have put you out of the competition!
  • Focus on Joseph Hachem  By : David Walker
    In 2005 World Series of Poker main event was captured by Joseph Hachem. The 39-year-old Lebanon-born Hachem knocked out over 5,618 players on his way to the title.

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