Dan Harrington is a professional poker player, best known for winning the Main Event at the 1995 World Series of Poker. He has earned one World Poker Tour title, two WSOP bracelets, over six million dollars in tournament cashes in his poker career, he is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. Harrington chose his own nickname "Action Dan" though he is known for being a tight conservative player, he is a distant cousin to both professional golfer Pádraig Harrington and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington. Harrington was born in Massachusetts. Residing in Santa Monica, Harrington is a former champion backgammon player and U. S. chess master. Before becoming a poker professional and businessman, Harrington worked for many years as a bankruptcy lawyer, he played poker against Bill Gates while Gates was at Harvard. Some of his earlier poker experience came from the Mayfair Club in the mid-1980s, where he played with Howard Lederer, Steve Zolotow, Erik Seidel. In addition to being a successful professional poker player, Harrington works in real estate and the stock market.
Mr. Harrington is a co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of Anchor Loans, a hard money lender to fix-and-flip and rental property investors, headquartered in Calabasas, CA. Harrington co-founded the company in 1998 with two poker buddies, Jeff Lipton and Stephen Pollack, served as its first Chief executive officer; the trio used their poker winnings to provide quick bridge funding to real estate rehabbers. Anchor Loans has since funded more than 5.3 billion in loans and has been profitable every year since its inception. Harrington remains a shareholder, he has stated during interviews about his poker career, that he is there for the money, not the fame or glory. Unlike many professional poker players, Dan considers himself only a part-time player due to the fact that he spends a large amount of his time on his business interests, he only plays a few events at the World Series of Poker each year and plays in occasional World Poker Tour events and a few other tournaments. Harrington first cashed in the World Series of Poker in 1986.
The next year, in only his second WSOP cash, Harrington made the final table of the Main Event. Harrington's friend and fellow Mayfair Club member, Howard Lederer was at this final table, finishing fifth. Sporting his iconic green Boston Red Sox cap, Dan Harrington is known as a crafty, tight-aggressive player, employing starting hand standards that are stricter than most professionals; when he reached the final table at the 1995 Main Event, he set the runner-up, Howard Goldfarb, to bluff for all his chips in the final hand. At the time of his Main event victory, Harrington lived in California. In 1995, he won a bracelet in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $249,000 and the Seven-card stud event at European Poker Open in London, he made his first final table at the World Poker Tour in 2005, winning $620,730 for his second-place finish to Minh Ly in the Doyle Brunson North American Championship. In 2007, he won the Legends of Poker for a prize of $1,634,865. In 2008, Harrington made his first appearance on the NBC show Poker After Dark in the episode titled "Mayfair Club."
This tournament brought together poker players who had played at the legendary Mayfair Club in New York City. The other players in the tournament with Harrington included professional poker players Lederer, Mickey Appleman, Steve Zolotow, Jay Heimowitz, Mike Shictman, the owner of the Mayfair Club for many years. Harrington busted out first; the tournament was won by Heimowitz. His solid play allows him to make it to many final tables at large events, he won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1995 for $1,000,000. He has made three other Main Event final tables: placing sixth in 1987 for $43,750, third in 2003 for $650,000, fourth in 2004 for $1,500,000; because of the increased number of participants, his run of back-to-back Main Event final tables in 2003-04 has been called the greatest accomplishment in World Series history by ESPN poker announcer Norman Chad. This feat was matched by Mark Newhouse in 2013 and 2014; as defending champion in 1996, Harrington made another deep run in the Main Event, finishing in 17th place and earning $23,400.
He cashed in the 2009 Main Event, finishing in 252nd place for a $32,963 payout. Harrington, Doyle Brunson, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem and Ryan Riess are the only six people to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event and a World Poker Tour title; as of 2014, his live tournament winnings exceed $6,600,000. More than half of his live tournament winnings have come at the WSOP, he has written three popular books on tournament poker, two books on cash no-limit games and one book on online cash no-limit games, all published by Two Plus Two Publishing: Harrington on Hold'em: Volume I: Strategic Play ISBN 1-880685-33-7 Harrington on Hold'em: Volume II: The Endgame ISBN 1-880685-35-3 Harrington on Hold'em: Volume III: The Workbook ISBN 1-880685-36-1 Harrington on Cash Games, Volume I: How to Play No-Limit Hold'em Cash Games ISBN 1-880685-42-6 Harrington on Cash Games, Volume II: How to Play No-Limit Hold'em Cash Games ISBN 1-880685-43-4 Harrington on Online Cash Games.
Barbara Enright is an American professional poker player, motivational speaker, Editor-in-Chief of Woman Poker Player magazine, an Ambassador of Poker League of Nations, the world's largest women's poker organization. She has won three bracelets at the World Series of Poker and has made it to the US$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event final table. Enright was the first woman to win an open event at the World Series of Poker and the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets, is the only female player to have made it to the final table of the $10,000 buy-in main event. Enright began playing poker at home at the age of 4, playing five card draw against her older brother, she started playing in cardrooms in 1976. Enright worked as a hairstylist and cocktail waitress holding down three jobs at once to support her family. Soon she was making more money playing poker part-time than all of her jobs combined so she quit working and started playing poker for a living full-time. Enright is best known as the only woman to have reached the final table of the World Series of Poker US$10,000 no limit hold'em Main Event.
She achieved this in 1995, finishing in 5th place after her pocket eights were outdrawn by a suited 6-3. She finished in the money in the 2005 Main Event, having qualified through a $10 online satellite tournament. Enright was the first woman to win two WSOP bracelets, the first woman to win three bracelets and the first woman to win an open event at the World Series of Poker. On July 6, 2007, Barbara Enright was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame along with Phil Hellmuth, she was the first woman to be inducted, followed only by Linda Johnson in 2011 and Jennifer Harman in 2015. In 2008, Enright was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, making her the only poker player to be in all three poker halls of fame including the Senior Poker Hall of Fame, the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame and the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Enright received the All Around Best Player Award at the 2000 Legends of Poker tournament and was awarded along with her prize money, a new PT Cruiser for her trophy.
She had six final tables. She was the highest finisher among women in the Tournament of Champions of Poker held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, she just missed winning a car by one player. She took part in the televised poker series Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages; as of 2018, Enright's total live tournament winnings exceed $1,650,000. Her 21 cashes at the WSOP account for over $425,000 of those winnings. Enright is in a relationship with author Max Shapiro. * First female to win a bracelet in an open event Woman Poker Player magazine
Chinese poker is a card game based on poker hand rankings. It is intended a beginner-friendly game, as only a basic knowledge of poker hand rankings is needed to get started. Additionally, the format allows for frequent unexpected outcomes, so there is a large element of luck involved, therefore a beginner has a good chance of winning in the short term against experienced opponents. Chinese poker is played as a four-person game, though it can be played with two or three. In Chinese poker, each player receives a 13-card hand from a standard 52-card deck; each player has to divide their cards into three poker hands: two containing five cards each, one containing three cards. The back hand is placed face down on the table in front of the player the middle hand is placed face down in front of the back hand, the front hand is placed face down in front of the middle hand. After all the players have set their hands, each player will announce in turn whether or not they are playing their hand. All players announce their royalties, before revealing their hands.
If a player makes three flushes or three straights they automatically win the hand, regardless of the other players' hands. As shown in the photo, the middle player is an automatic winner; the stakes played for in Chinese poker are known as units: an amount of money agreed on before the game starts. Basic scoring rules dictate that a player collects one unit from each opponent whose front, middle or back hand is beaten by their own corresponding hand. Thus, unlike most poker games, being second-best at the table is good enough to win money. In some variants players are paid an additional unit if they win in two or three of the hands. In other variants players only get an additional unit. Due to the head-to-head nature of the comparisons, it is possible for different players to play for different stakes. For example, A and B could play for $100 per unit versus each other, while all other player pairings play for $10 per unit; the two most common scoring systems used in Chinese poker are the 2–4 scoring method, the 1–6 scoring method.
In the 2–4 method the player receives 1 unit for each of the three hands they win, 1 unit called the overall unit is awarded to the player who wins two out of the three hands, or all of the three hands. In the event of a tie in one of the hands, no money is exchanged for this particular hand. If one player wins both of the other two hands, they collect 3 units. If they each win one hand, no units are exchanged. In the 1–6 method the player receives 1 unit for each of the three hands they win, 3 bonus units if they win all three hands. In the 2–4 method, Bob would pay Amy two units. In the 1–6 method, Bob would pay Amy one unit. Royalties, or bonuses as they are sometimes called, are extra units that may be awarded to players with strong hands. Royalties must be declared prior to the revealing of the hands; some hands and combinations of hands that are awarded royalties are: Straight flush Four of a kind Full house or better in the middle Three of a kind in the frontNaturals Naturals are special types of royalties where if dealt to a player, the player is rewarded and the player does not set their hand: Three straights Three flushes Six pairs 13 unique cards known as a DragonPlayers with the stronger natural wins and takes the bonus.
If two players have six pair the player with the highest six pair wins otherwise it is a tie and no bonus is awarded. With flushes and straights the player with the highest back hand wins if that ties the middle hand is compared. If that ties the front is compared. In some variants all royalties are worth the same amount. In other variants each royalty is given a different payout. Only the winner may be awarded a royalty; some modified rule sets allow the royalty bonus to cancel out and only the point for the hand/row is added. In some games players are allowed to break up straight flushes or four of a kinds and still receive royalties; some rules say. The standard royalties point structure is listed below. While the royalty structure varies from game to game, the most common agreed-upon royalty structure is as follows: * Non-standard natural If a player chooses to surrender their hand, they will pay an amount greater than the amount paid when losing 2 out of 3 hands, but less than the amount paid when getting scooped.
When surrendered, a player is not required to pay any royalties to their opponents. In some variations surrendering is not an option
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Poker Hall of Fame
The Poker Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of professional poker in the United States. Founded in Las Vegas, it was created in 1979 by Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino, to preserve the names and legacies of the world's greatest poker players and to serve as a tourist attraction to his casino. Binion was known for the creative ways. In 1949, he convinced Johnny Moss and Nick "The Greek" Dandolos to play high-stakes poker heads up where the public could watch them. In 1970, he invited a group of poker players to compete in what would be the first World Series of Poker; when Harrah's Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Membership in the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP; as of 2018, 56 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Before the 2009 World Series of Poker, then-WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack announced that the process for becoming a member into the Poker Hall of Fame would undergo a slight modification.
Starting in 2009, the Poker Hall of Fame started accepting nominations from the public. This move was intended to increase interest in the Hall. After this decision was announced, Party Poker started an online campaign to get its representative and World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton elected to the Hall. Other poker sites, namely PokerStars' Tom McEvoy, followed suit by pushing their own poker professionals; the requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame are as follows: A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition, Played for high stakes, Played well, gained the respect of peers, And stood the test of time. Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results. In 2009, 23-year-old online poker professional Tom Dwan was a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame because of public balloting; as a result, a new age requirement was added in 2011. This rule, known as the "Chip Reese Rule", established a minimum age of 40 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This new requirement eliminated some players who were regular nominees over the previous years, such as Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. Admission into the Poker Hall of Fame is considered one of the biggest honors in poker. In his acceptance speech, T. J. Cloutier declared, "It's one of two things I've always wanted to win." Barbara Enright, the first woman inducted into the Hall, considers her induction to be a "lifetime achievement honor."Before being acquired by Harrah's Casino, R. S. Owens & Company was commissioned to design an award for Poker Hall of Famers; the award was an 8-inch-tall piece of glass with a hand of cards sandblasted at the bottom, the winner's name, the words "Poker Hall of Fame" in a circle. The circle had the Binion's Horseshoe Casino logo in it. There was a gold plated base with three gold-plated stacks of chips. World Poker Tour Walk of Fame Poker Hall of Fame Doyle Room Poker Hall of Fame Legends Jack Binion & Crandell Addington Accessed March 3, 2008
Billy Argyros referred to as Billy the Croc or The Croc, is a Greek Australian professional poker player. His interest in the game of poker first developed when he lost all his money at a poker game that a friend had hosted, he studied poker strategy and his game improved afterwards. He began using his new-found knowledge of the game at low-stakes poker tables, but he learned and moved up to the high-stakes poker games in different local casinos in his region. In 1995, Argyros cashed in the money in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event, finishing 15th of a field of 273 players, winning $24,220, he has cashed one time on the World Poker Tour. He appeared on the television show Australian Celebrity Poker Challenge as the resident expert, during which players may call'The Croc' to provide advice once during the game. Argyros received his nickname'The Croc' while playing against Johnny Moss in a satellite event for the World Series of Poker, he introduced himself as'Crocodile Billy', copied from the movie "Crocodile" Dundee, popular at the time.
As of 2013, Argyros' total live tournament winnings exceed $1,100,000
Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel Binion's Horseshoe, is a casino on Fremont Street along the Fremont Street Experience mall in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It is owned by TLC Casino Enterprises; the casino is named for its founder, Benny Binion, whose family ran it from its founding in 1951 until 2004. The hotel, which had 366 rooms, closed in 2009. TLC plans to reopen 81 of the rooms as a boutique hotel called Hotel Apache, expected to open by summer 2019. Benny Binion bought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel in 1951, re-opening them as Binion's Horseshoe; the casino's interior had a frontier flavor, like an old-style riverboat, with low ceilings and velvet wallpaper. It was the first casino in downtown Las Vegas to replace sawdust-covered floors with carpeting, was the first to offer comps to all gamblers, not just those who bet big money. Binion instituted high table limits; when Binion first opened the Horseshoe, he set the craps table limit at $500—ten times higher than any other casino in Las Vegas at the time.
Binion's raised the table limit to $10,000 and eliminated table limits at times, an immediate hit. Unlike other casinos, the emphasis at Binion's was not on big performing acts; the casino was very egalitarian. Other members of Binion's family were involved in the casino, his sons and Ted, supervised the games, while his wife, Teddy Jane, kept the books until her death in 1994. Benny served time in Leavenworth Penitentiary from 1953 to 1957 for tax evasion, he sold a majority share of the casino to fellow gambler and New Orleans oilman Joe W. Brown to cover back taxes and legal costs, it was understood, that Brown was only a caretaker, Benny regained controlling interest in 1957. He did not regain full control, until 1964. While Brown operated the casino, he installed the famous $1 million display on the casino floor, he sold the display in 1959 and it was recreated using 100 $10,000 bills by Benny in 1964. The display became one of the casino's attractions; as a convicted felon, Benny was no longer allowed to hold a gaming license, so his sons took over day-to-day control when the family bought out Brown.
Jack became president. Benny assumed the title of Director of Public Relations. In 1970, Jack began hosting the World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe; the WSOP became the largest set of poker tournaments in the world. In 1988, the Horseshoe expanded by acquiring The Mint, a high-rise hotel on the west side of the casino; the expansion of the casino from this purchase provided room for Binion's first poker room. Ted was under constant scrutiny from the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1986 onward for drug problems and associating with known mob figure "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein, he would be banned from entering his family's casino. In 1998, he was stripped of his gaming license for his continued association with Blitzstein, he was forced to sell his 20 % interest to Becky. In 1998, Becky Behnen acquired controlling interest in the casino following a protracted legal battle with her older brother Jack; the battle ended with Jack being bought out while retaining a 1% interest in the casino so that he could retain his Nevada gaming license.
Jack moved on to focus on Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation, running other casinos under the Horseshoe brand. Behnen became president of the Horseshoe while her husband, took over as manager. Behnen implemented several cost-cutting measures. Among the most notable was the removal of the Horseshoe exhibit that held $1 million, having been sold to collector Jay Parrino, that had served as a backdrop for free pictures of visitors, she made changes in the distribution of the money from the entry fees in the World Series of Poker that were unpopular with the casino dealers, closed a popular restaurant in the casino. Benny had used one of the tables in the restaurant as his office. Despite these measures, the Horseshoe became bogged down in debt. Under her father and brothers, the Horseshoe had been the most profitable casino in Las Vegas. Behnen attracted the attention of the state regulators by failing to keep sufficient funds available to pay winners in the casino cage. Bob Stupak drew negative publicity to the casino when he tried to redeem his $5,000 casino tokens, some of which were stored in the casino's own safe deposit boxes, Becky refused to honor them.
Behnen's undoing, was a dispute with the unions that represented some of the Horseshoe's employees. In November 2002, the Culinary Workers Union and Bartenders Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Behnen hadn't signed a collective bargaining agreement and had fallen behind on medical insurance and pension payments; the parties reached a settlement in March 2003 in which the Horseshoe signed the collective bargaining agreement and agreed to pay the owed money. However, the Horseshoe fell behind on its payments, leading a federal judge to issue two separate judgments ordering the Horseshoe to pay over $1.5 million. The judgments gave the union the right to seize the money. However, the casino stopped making payments in June. After holding off numerous times, on December 5 the Culinary Union obtained a court order authorizing the seizure of up to $1.9 million from the Horseshoe casino cage. The seizure took place on January 9.