Brad Daugherty (poker player)
Brad Daugherty is a professional poker player. Daugherty began playing poker in 1969 on a high school trip. Following high school he worked in the construction industry, but after hearing of large prize money for tournament winnings, in 1978 he moved to Reno, Nevada. In 1987 he won his first tournament, he was awarded the first million-dollar first-place prize at the World Series of Poker when he won the bracelet in the 1991 Main Event, finished in ninth place in 1993. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,700,000, his 19 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,158,574 of those winnings. Daugherty is the co-author with Tom McEvoy of Championship Satellite Strategy and No-Limit Texas Hold'em for New Players, he is married, has three sons, resides in the Philippines, where he attempted to raise money for impoverished families by putting his 1991 WSOP bracelet up for auction on eBay twice in 2010 and 2011, with it going unsold both times due to bids not meeting his reserve price. Hendon Mob tournament results
Johnny Chan is a Chinese-American professional poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, including the 1987 and 1988 World Series of Poker main events consecutively. Chan moved with his family in 1962 from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 1968 to Phoenix, in 1973 to Houston, where his family owned restaurants; when he was 21, Chan dropped out of the University of Houston, where he was majoring in hotel and restaurant management, moved to Las Vegas to become a professional gambler. Chan won the World Series of Poker in 1987 and 1988 becoming the first foreign national to win the main event. A videotape of the 1988 WSOP final heads-up match is featured in the movie Rounders, in which Chan makes a cameo appearance, he won a third consecutive title, but finished in 2nd place in 1989 to Phil Hellmuth. He is the last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events. Jerry Buss, an avid poker player and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, promised Chan an NBA Championship ring if he could win three in a row.
In 2005, Chan became the first player to win ten World Series of Poker bracelets, defeating Phil Laak in a Texas hold'em event. He is tied with Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey for second place with 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, behind Phil Hellmuth, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2008, Chan cashed for the first time in the Main Event since 1992, earning $32,166 for his 329th-place finish. In 2010, Chan cashed in the Main Event taking 156th place for $57,102. Chan competed in the $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in February 2005, he came back from having $20,000 chips out of $3,200,000 in play to finish in second place to Gus Hansen. Chan competed in Poker Superstars II during the summer of 2005, he defeated 22 players to make it to the finals. He defeated. Chan appeared in Poker Superstars III where he made it as far as the semi finals but was defeated by Todd Brunson after three matches. On NBC's late-night show Poker After Dark, a six-person $20,000 buy-in winner-takes-all tournament, Johnny Chan has the most victories to date with four wins in six appearances.
He came in fifth when he did not win. His appearances in which he made it to heads-up were: WSOP Champions — aired Jan. 15–20, 2007 — Won heads-up against Chris Moneymaker Golden Men — aired June 11–16, 2007 — Lost heads-up against Joe Hachem World Champions — aired Feb. 11–16, 2008 — Won heads-up against Phil Hellmuth International — aired Feb. 25 – March 1, 2008 — Won heads-up against Patrik Antonius Dream Table III — aired Mar. 23–27, 2009 — Won heads-up against Jennifer Tilly Chan won Bob Stupak's 1981 American Cup poker tournament. He defeated all 9 other players at the final table in less than an hour; as a result, Stupak gave Chan the nickname "The Orient Express". Chan has never made a final table on the World Poker Tour. Chan played in the 2004 and 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions events and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in the same years; as of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,600,000. His 45 WSOP cashes account for $4,355,464 of those winnings.
In addition to playing poker, Chan owns a fast-food franchise in the Las Vegas Stratosphere Hotel and is a consultant for casinos and game makers. Chan has written for Card Player magazine, he appeared in 2011 seasons of the GSN series High Stakes Poker. In 2005, Chan collaborated with Mark Karowe to release Play Poker Like Johnny Chan, an instructional book on several different types of poker. On November 28, 2006, the follow-up titled: Million Dollar Hold'em: Winning Big in Limit Cash Games, which focuses on limit hold'em strategy, was released. In 2007, Chan launched ChanPokerOnline.com. It closed in August 2008. Chan wrote a regular article in the bi-monthly magazine Trader Monthly. Johnny Chan portrayed himself in the 1998 film Rounders. In a flashback scene, Chan is bluffed out of a pot by the main character Mike McDermott, he appeared in the 2009 Hong Kong movie Poker King as himself. Goldsea article and interview PokerListings.com profile
Berry Enfield Johnston is an American professional poker player. He is best known as the 1986 World Champion, but he has won four other bracelets at the World Series of Poker in addition to cashes and wins in many other tournaments throughout his career. Johnston won the 1986 World Series of Poker Main Event, placed third in 1983 and 1985 and fifth in the 1990 World Series, respectively, he has made at least 29 final tables at the WSOP and has finished in the money on at least 66 occasions. He has cashed ten times in the WSOP Main Event, more than any other player, his most recent cash in the Main Event came in 2007, when he finished in 113th place in a field of over six thousand players, for which Johnston won $58,570. Having cashed in at least one event every year from 1982–2010, Johnston holds the record at the WSOP for longest cashing streak at 29 years. Johnston cashed three times in the 2008 World Series of Poker, including tenth place in an Omaha Hi/Lo event, he is 42nd on the WSOP all time money list.
He is currently ranked in fourth place for the WSOP all-time cashes list with 57 cashes as of the end of the 2009 series. Johnston is still competing at high levels of poker today. Johnston has played on the NBC Poker After Dark Series, most in 2008 among some of his fellow World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. Berry finished fourth in the tournament, won by Johnny Chan; the other world champions in the tournament were Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Chris Ferguson, Jamie Gold. He was inducted into the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame in the early 1990s and Poker Hall of Fame in 2004. Johnston was the only inductee in the 2004 class; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,450,000. His 60 cashes as the WSOP account for $2,075,527 of those winnings. Official site pokernews.com – Legends of Poker: Berry Johnston
Lyle Arnold Berman is a professional poker player and business executive. Berman grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where he was graduated in 1964 with a degree in business administration, he went to work for his father's leather business, Berman Buckskin. When the business was sold to W. R. Grace in 1979, he stayed on as president and CEO; the company was later sold to the Melville Corporation where it became Wilsons Leather. From 1994 to 2000 he was the chairman and CEO of the Rainforest Cafe chain of restaurants and retail stores. Berman played an important role in gaming companies. In 1990 he was a co-founder of Grand Casinos, a company that sought to create gambling establishments outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Grand Casinos' Native American casino holdings were spun off into a new company, Lakes Entertainment, Berman was named CEO. Additionally, Berman is the chairman of the board of the World Poker Pokertek, he won the B'nai B'rith Great American Traditions award in 1995 and the Gaming Executive of the Year award in 1996.
Berman was one of the many investors victimized by the massive Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff, though his actual losses are unknown. Berman is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. In 2005, Lyle Berman competed in the National Heads Up Championship, he finished in fifth place losing to eventual champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. in the quarterfinals. Although he prefers high-stakes cash games, he has as of 2009 won over $2,500,000 in live poker tournaments, his 16 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,446,317 of those winnings. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002. According to the James McManus book Positively Fifth Street, Berman has bankrolled T. J. Cloutier in numerous poker tournaments, including the 2000 WSOP main event, where he finished 2nd; the book All-In is about Berman's life. Berman resides in Plymouth and has 4 children. Berman co-authored I'm All In: Lyle Berman and the Birth of the World Poker Tour with Marvin Karlins; the autobiography details Berman's life from his childhood to his life as an adult, covering his business ventures, his opinions on poker and Las Vegas, his experiences with designing and developing the World Poker Tour into what it is today.
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Ted Forrest is an American professional poker player residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Forrest won three bracelets at the 1993 World Series of Poker. After the mid-1990s, Forrest turned his attention full-time to cash games, he made a triumphant return to the WSOP by winning 2 bracelets at the 2004 World Series of Poker. Since he has moved his focus from seven card stud to hold'em with some success, including reaching 5 final tables on the World Poker Tour and winning a championship on the Professional Poker Tour. Forrest competed in the second season of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, where he advanced to the quarter-final stage, he did not fare as well in season three. He played in the first two seasons of the GSN series High Stakes Poker. In March 2006, Forrest won the annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, Ernie Dureck, Sam Farha, Shahram Sheikhan and Chris Ferguson to win the $500,000 first prize. Continuing with his history of tournament success, in March 2007 Ted won the Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament, outlasting J. J. Liu in the longest heads up duel in World Poker Tour history.
For the victory, Forrest collected the first prize of $1,100,000. In June 2014 Ted defeated notable poker player Phil Hellmuth in the final table of the WSOP Razz event, bringing his total number of WSOP bracelets to 6; as of August 7, 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,200,000. His 31 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,922,990 of those winnings. Forrest's no-limit Texas hold'em strategy vastly differs from that of many other established pros who believe that pre-flop one should always raise or fold, Forrest has stated and demonstrated in his play, that limping, or calling a raise, is not a bad play and should be employed. Forrest is well known as a competitive high-stakes gambler, he has been a key part of a consortium of poker players who pooled their money together to play Texas billionaire Andy Beal in a series of high limit, heads-up, Texas hold'em games, with limits ranging anywhere from $20,000/$40,000 to $100,000/$200,000. Forrest's first three bracelets were stolen, he gave one of the remaining two to his daughter.
Ted owns one WSOP championship bracelet that belonged to Hamid Dastmalchi, which he purchased from Dastmalchi after the 1992 World Series of Poker world champion complained that the bracelet wasn't worth what the Binion family claimed. Hamid told him, “They say it’s worth $5,000, but I’d take $1,500 for it” to which Forrest replied "Sold" and tossed him three $500 chips. In September 2016, Forrest was charged in the Las Vegas Justice Court with two felonies: drawing and passing a check without sufficient funds with the intent to defraud, theft
T. J. Cloutier
Thomas James "T. J." Cloutier is a professional poker player from Richardson, Texas. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006. Cloutier was born in Albany and attended the University of California, Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for football and baseball and played in the 1959 Rose Bowl. However, he dropped out of college because of family financial hardship. Cloutier was drafted into the United States Army. After the Army, he played football in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes, but an injury cut his career short. After his football career ended, Cloutier started a food company, but it was not successful, so following the end of his first marriage, he moved to Texas to work on oil rigs. On his off days, he began to play poker, quit his job after realizing that he was winning more money playing poker than working, he played poker after the rounds. In addition to poker, Cloutier is well known for his high-stakes craps sessions. Cloutier specializes in playing tournament poker no-limit and pot limit hold'em.
He is the only person in the history of the World Series of Poker to have won events in three types of Omaha played at the World Series — Pot Limit High, Limit High, Limit 8-or-Better High-low split. Cloutier has won a total of six WSOP bracelets in his career, in addition to many other titles in various kinds of poker games, he has placed four times in the top five in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, including two second-place finishes, in 1985, losing to Bill Smith, 2000, losing to Chris Ferguson. Cloutier finished in fifth place in 1988, won by Johnny Chan, in third place in 1998, won by Scotty Nguyen. In 2009, he was one of numerous players turned away from the Main Event, as registration was capped on that particular day, he did. In January 2010, The Plano Pawn Shop auctioned off Cloutier's 2005 bracelet on eBay for $4,006. Cloutier plays in World Poker Tour events, where his highest finish is third in the 2003 Legends of Poker event, won by fellow professional Mel Judah, he has been featured in the Ultimate Poker Challenge, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages.
As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $10,350,000, of which over $4,675,000 has come at the WSOP. Cloutier is the co-author of four books on poker: Championship Tournament Practice Hands Championship Holdem Championship Omaha Championship No-Limit and Pot Limit Hold'em, he has written How To Win The Championship: Hold'em Strategies For The Final Table, a book covering tournament strategy with an emphasis on the final few tables. Cloutier wrote for Card Player magazine, he features in the computer game World Class Poker with T. J. Cloutier, he appears in the "Prince of Poker" episode of the History Channel series Breaking Vegas
Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr. is an American professional poker player who has won a record fifteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker and the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, he is a 2007 inductee of the WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth is known for his temperamental "poker brat" personality. Hellmuth was born in Madison and attended Madison West High School, his adolescence was troublesome, issues with grades and friends were tough on Phil, who said he was at that time the "ugly duckling" of his family. He moved on to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for three years, where he dropped out to become a full-time poker player. Since 1992, he has lived in Palo Alto, California with his wife, Katherine Sanborn, a psychiatrist at Stanford University, their two sons, Phillip III and Nicholas; as of 2019, his total live tournament winnings exceed $22,850,000. He is ranked 17th on the all-time money list. Hellmuth is known for taking his seat at poker tournaments long after they begin.
In the 1988 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth had his first in the money finish at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Split, the 6th event. In the 1988 WSOP he came 33rd after being eliminated by eventual champion Johnny Chan. In 1989, the 24-year-old Hellmuth became the youngest player to win the Main Event of the WSOP by defeating the two-time defending champion Johnny Chan in heads up play. Hellmuth holds the records for most WSOP cashes and most WSOP final tables, overtaking T. J. Cloutier; as of August 2017, Hellmuth has won over $14,000,000 at the WSOP and ranks fifth on the WSOP All Time Money List, behind Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Colman, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel. Hellmuth is tied for fifth all time in number of times cashed in the WSOP Main Event, he has eight Main Event cashes, placing him behind Berry Johnston, Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin. Thirteen of Hellmuth's fifteen bracelets have been in Texas hold'em, though he has had quite a bit of success in non-hold'em events.
As of the start of the 2015 World Series, 22 of his 52 final tables are for a variety of games, including 2-7 Lowball, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Seven Card Razz, Omaha hold'em, as well as mixed games like H. O. R. S. E and the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. Of those 22 events, Hellmuth has finished runner-up six times. At the 1993 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth became the second player in WSOP history to win three bracelets in one WSOP. Hellmuth's three victories came in three consecutive days. At the 1997 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his 5th bracelet of the decade. At the conclusion of the 1999 World Series of Poker, his five bracelets would stand to lead the decade for most WSOP bracelets won by one player in the 1990s. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth captured his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys event. At the time, it tied him with Johnny Chan for most bracelets. At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event.
Hellmuth's sponsor arranged. Hellmuth lost control of the car in the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino parking lot and hit a light fixture, he gave up the car for a limo. At the 2008 WSOP Main Event, Hellmuth verbally abused another player and received a one-round penalty. After a private meeting with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack the penalty was overruled and Hellmuth finished the tournament in 45th place. In the 2011 World Series of Poker, Phil finished second in three tournaments, in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, The Poker Player's Championship eight-game mix. On June 11, 2012, Hellmuth won his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event, defeating Don Zewin and earning $182,793. Zewin had finished third to Chan and Hellmuth when Hellmuth won his first bracelet in 1989; this is the first bracelet Hellmuth has won in a non-hold'em event, made him the first player to win at least one bracelet in each of the last four decades, only the third player in WSOP history to win a bracelet in four different decades.
Hellmuth collected $2,645,333 for his fourth-place finish in the $1,000,000 buy-in "Big One for One Drop" tournament, by far the largest single tournament cash of his career. On October 4, 2012, Hellmuth won his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet in the €10,450 WSOPE No Limit Hold'em Main Event, earning €1,022,376 and becoming the first player to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events; this win made Hellmuth the first player in WSOP history to win multiple bracelets in three different years. He