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1. Gary M. Green – Gary M. Green is a musician, author, gaming consultant and entrepreneur. He was vice president of marketing for The Trump Organization and appeared on the reality game show The Apprentice. He was also on the 2004 television special New Years Eve with Carson Daly, Green was executive vice president of Synergy Gaming, and the public face of the company. He is the spokesman for Ortiz Gaming, Green recorded three folk-music albums from 1977 to 1982 with Folkways Records, which worked with other folk artists including Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Folkways was later acquired by the Smithsonian Institution as part of the Smithsonian Folkways exhibition, Green also composed music for the crime drama film Fort Apache, The Bronx. The film, starring Paul Newman and Ed Asner, is life in New York Citys South Bronx from the point of view of a police officer. In the 1970s, Green was a journalist for the The Gaston Gazette, a newspaper in Gastonia, North Carolina and he earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations for his writing. In 2010, he wrote Marketing Donald Trump, a guide explaining how Green marketed Trump which can be applied to other marketing applications, in 2012, he wrote Gambling Man, which details Greens life as a modern-day casino boss through personal anecdotes. In the early 1990s, Green purchased part of a Russian circus and he established it as a Euro Circus attraction at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After he sold the circus, he joined Smith-Gardner, a Florida catalog software company, at Smith-Gardner, Green aided in development of software to take orders online when the company changed their focus from telephone and mail orders. By 1979, Green was working with casinos in Atlantic City and he patented a casino-management system based on customer relationships. He was vice president of marketing for The Trump Organization and the Trump 29 Casino near Palm Springs, Green was named president of Absentee Shawnee Gaming Enterprises in July 2004. He was general manager of the Thunderbird Wild Wild West Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, in 2005, Green co-founded Las Vegas-based casino management and development company Southern Dutch Gaming with Frank Haas, who he worked with at Trump 29. Synergy Gaming hired Green in 2009 as its vice president. He purchased the former Gold Mine Casino in 2011, Green serves as spokesman and senior consultant to the president for Ortiz Gaming. Gary Green, Vol.1, These Six Strings Gary Green, Vol.2, Allegory Gary Green, Vol.3, Still at Large Marketing Donald Trump Gambling Man Gary Green at the Internet Movie Database
2. Doyle Brunson – Doyle F. Brunson is an American poker player who has played professionally for over 50 years. He is a two-time World Series of Poker Main Event champion, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and he is also one of only four players to have won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker multiple times, which he did in 1976 and 1977. He is also one of two players, along with Bill Boyd, to have won WSOP tournaments in four consecutive years. In addition, he is the first of five players to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title, in January 2006, Bluff Magazine voted Brunson the most influential force in the world of poker. Brunson was born in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas, one of three children and he was part of the All-State Texas basketball team. In the 1950 Texas Interscholastic Track Meet, he won the event with a time of 4,43. Despite receiving offers from colleges, he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The Minneapolis Lakers showed interest in Brunson but an injury ended his hopes of becoming a professional basketball player. He still occasionally requires a crutch because of the injury, Brunson earned a bachelors degree in 1954 and a masters degree in administrative education the following year. Brunson had begun playing poker before his injury, playing five-card draw and he played more often after being injured and his winnings paid for his expenses. After graduating, he took a job as a business machines salesman, on his first day, he was invited to play in a seven-card stud game and earned over a months salary. He soon left the company and became a poker player. Brunson started off by playing in games on Exchange Street in Fort Worth with friend Dwayne Hamilton. Eventually, they began traveling around Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, playing in bigger games, the illegal games Brunson played in during this time were usually run by criminals who were often members of organized crime, so rules were not always enforced. Brunson has admitted to having a gun pulled on him several times, Hamilton moved back to Fort Worth, while the others teamed up and travelled around together, gambling on poker, golf and, in Doyles words, just about everything. They pooled their money for gambling and after six years, they made their first serious trip to Las Vegas and lost all of it and they decided to stop playing as partners, but remained friends. Brunson finally settled in Las Vegas and he made some WSOP championship event final tables before his back-to-back wins, but since this was when the event was winner-take-all, they are not counted as cashes. Besides his two wins in 1976 and 1977, Brunsons other main event cashes are,1972,1980,1982,1983,1997,2004 and 2013
3. Annie Duke – Anne LaBarr Annie Duke is an American professional poker player and author. She holds a World Series of Poker gold bracelet from 2004, Duke won the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010. She has been involved in advocacy on a number of poker-related issues including advocating for the legality of online gambling and for players rights to control their own image. Duke was co-founder, executive president, and commissioner of the Epic Poker League from 2011-12 which failed in 2012 and is now bankrupt with many investors upset over how it was managed. Her parents were both card players and Duke became interested in cards from an early age and her siblings are professional poker player Howard Lederer and author/poet Katy Lederer, who published a memoir about the Lederer family. Duke attended St. Pauls School, then enrolled at Columbia University where she double-majored in English, after graduating from Columbia, she pursued a Ph. D. For her graduate studies she was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship, in 1991, one month before defending her doctoral dissertation, she decided that she no longer wished to pursue academia and left school. In 1992, she married Ben Duke, and moved to Billings, the couple divided their time between Las Vegas and Montana between 1992 and 2002, when they moved to Portland, Oregon. They were married until 2004 and had four children, maud Duke was born in 1995, Leo Duke, in 1998, Lucy Duke, in 2000, and Nell Duke, in 2002. In 2005, Duke and her children relocated to Hollywood Hills, Duke first played Texas holdem at age 22 in a casino and continued to play for fun in Las Vegas casinos while visiting her brother, Howard Lederer, during her graduate school years. After she moved to Billings in 1992, Duke was encouraged by her brother to play professionally, sending her $2,400 and providing her with poker instruction books. She began to play poker initially at the Crystal Lounge, a bar in Billings that had a legal poker room. Following a successful playing in Montana, her brother prompted her to enter tournaments at the 1994 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Within the first month, she won $70,000 and decided to move to Las Vegas to pursue a professional poker career, in the first two tournaments of the 1994 World Series of Poker, Duke placed 14th and 5th, and finished 26th in the Main Event. From 2000 onward, she became known for her high-profile achievements in WSOP events. She received a WSOP gold bracelet in 2004, placing first out of 234 entrants in an Omaha Hi-Lo Split tournament. By July of that year she had become the top money winner in the history of the WSOP, earning over $650,000 from 25 in the money finishes. Later in 2004, she placed first in the inaugural WSOP Tournament of Champions, beating her brother and nine world championship winners
4. Phil Hellmuth – Phillip Jerome Hellmuth, Jr. is an American professional poker player who has won a record fourteen 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, Hellmuth is also known for his temperamental poker brat personality. Since 1992, he has lived in Palo Alto, California with his wife Katherine Sanborn, who is a psychiatrist at Stanford University, as of 2016, his total live tournament winnings exceed $20,900,000. He is ranked seventh on the money list. Hellmuth is known for taking his seat at poker tournaments long after they begin. On October 18,2015, Hellmuth is ranked #119 on the Global Poker Index, Hellmuth holds the records for most WSOP cashes and most WSOP final tables, overtaking T. J. Cloutier. As of March 2015, Hellmuth has won over $12,000,000 at the WSOP and ranks fourth on the WSOP All Time Money List, behind Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Colman, and Daniel Negreanu. Hellmuth also is tied for all time in number of times cashed in the WSOP Main Event. He has eight Main Event cashes, placing him behind Berry Johnston, and Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, of those 22 events, Hellmuth has finished runner-up six times. At the 1993 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth became the player in WSOP history to win three bracelets in one WSOP. 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 Holdem with rebuys event, at the time, it tied him with Doyle Brunson and 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 Holdem Event, Hellmuths sponsor arranged for him to arrive at the 2007 WSOP Main Event in a race car. Hellmuth lost control of the car in the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino parking lot and he gave up the car for a limo, arriving at the Main Event two hours late. At the 2008 WSOP Main Event, Hellmuth verbally abused another player, after a private meeting with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack the penalty was overruled and Hellmuth finished the tournament in 45th place. On June 11,2012, Hellmuth won his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event, defeating Don Zewin, Zewin had finished third to Chan and Hellmuth when Hellmuth won his first bracelet in 1989. Hellmuth also collected $2,645,333 for his finish in the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament. This win also made Hellmuth the first player in WSOP history to win multiple bracelets in three different years, also, Hellmuth finished runner-up in the WSOP Player of the Year race for a record third time
5. Ben Mezrich – Ben Mezrich is an American author from Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Mezrich was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Molli Newman, a lawyer, and Dr. Reuben Mezrich and he was raised in a conservative Jewish household and attended Princeton Day School, in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in 1991, some of his books have been written under the pseudonym Holden Scott. He is known for his non-fiction books and he has been married to Tonya M. Chen since 2006. Mezrich is best known for his first non-fiction work, Bringing Down the House, the story was made into the movie 21, released in 2008. In 2004, Mezrich published a new book called Ugly Americans, also a nonfiction work, this book recounts the exploits of an American named John Malcolm, who was an assistant securities trader. In 2005 Mezrich published Busting Vegas, The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees a semi-sequel to Bringing Down the House. The book tells the story of another student involved in a similar Blackjack team, as with Bringing Down the House many of the events depicted in Busting Vegas were later contested by main character Semyon Dukach who described the book as only about half true. Mezrich published a new book in July 2009 about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, titled The Accidental Billionaires, The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. It debuted at No.4 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List, aaron Sorkin adapted the book for the screenplay of the film The Social Network, which was released on October 1,2010. It was directed by David Fincher and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg,2014 saw the release of Seven Wonders, Mezrichs first novel since The Carrier in 2001. Seven Wonders is a thriller involving murder, conspiracy, historical mystery. In it, the brother of a murdered mathematician takes a far-flung journey—from Brazil, India, Peru, publishers Weekly writes that Mezrich has written a rollicking adventure with a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of some of the worlds most intriguing spots. He also represented Massachusetts as a contestant in the Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant on Fox in 2000, fatal Error is a TBS premiere movie adaptation of his second book, Reaper, starring Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Robert Wagner. Skin was originally written as an X-Files episode, rigged was optioned by Mark Cubans 2929 as well as Q, a work of fiction by Mezrich. Ugly Americans has been optioned by Summit, with a written by Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Quiet American. Official website Ben Mezrich at the Internet Movie Database Poker Moments Interview, September 24,2010 Appearances on C-SPAN In Depth interview with Mezrich, November 6,2011
6. Amarillo Slim – Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. known as Amarillo Slim, was an American professional gambler known for his poker skills and proposition bets. Preston won the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992, before becoming a well-known tournament player, Preston was a rounder, touring the United States looking for gambling action along with Doyle Brunson and Sailor Roberts. Following his WSOP victory, he appeared on talk shows, including The Tonight Show. He appeared on Ive Got a Secret, where his secret involved losing $190,000 in one night of poker, Preston won four WSOP bracelets including two in Omaha. Prestons final WSOP win was in 1990, in the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2000 WSOP, he came in second to Phil Ivey. In January/February 1980, Amarillo Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic and this series eventually came to be called the Super Bowl of Poker and continued until 1991. Gabe Kaplan became the first winner of this tournament series and Stu Ungar won the three times. Prestons lifetime tournament earnings totaled more than $587,000, in 1973, Preston and Bill G. Cox wrote Play Poker to Win which was published by Grosset and Dunlap. A revised edition was published by HarperCollins in 2005 entitled Amarillo Slims Play Poker to Win. In May 2003, Preston published his autobiography Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, where he wrote of playing poker with Larry Flynt, Lyndon Johnson, in addition to his poker exploits, Preston wrote about his exploits in proposition betting. In April 2007, Preston created a website and released an E-Book called All In, the book was written by Preston along with Joe Brent Riley. Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. was born on December 31,1928, in Johnson, Arkansas, after they divorced, his mother returned to Johnson, while his father moved to Amarillo. Slim is quoted as saying, Its a good thing he did, Preston was divorced, had three children, and lived in Amarillo, Texas. In August 2003, Preston was indicted in Randall County, Texas on charges of indecency with a 12-year-old grandchild. The charges were reduced to misdemeanor assault in a bargain and on February 10,2004, Preston pleaded no contest to the reduced charges. Preston received a $4,000 fine, two years probation and was ordered to undergo counseling, in a 2009 interview, he stated that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, but chose to take the plea bargain in order to spare his family from a court trial. Early on the morning of October 4,2006, Preston was the victim of an armed robbery. The armed robber fired three bullets into Prestons car as he sped away, on January 28,2007, Preston was robbed at gunpoint while in his home
7. Jeff Benedict – Jeffrey David Rowley Benedict is an author, teacher, and public speaker. He is a professor at Southern Virginia University, teaching classes on writing in the mass media. He is a features writer for Sports Illustrated magazine and has authored several best-selling nonfiction books, including five on athletics. Benedict has a B. A. in history from Eastern Connecticut State University, an M. A. in Political History from Northeastern University, Benedict is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Lydia Hansen Benedict, have four children, in 2002 Benedict campaigned for Connecticuts 2nd congressional district, on a platform opposed to expanding gambling in the state. He failed to win the Democratic nomination, which went to Joe Courtney, in 2007 Benedict and his family moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he now teaches Writing and Mass Media at Southern Virginia University. Benedict became noted for conducting the first national study on sexual assault, over the years he has become recognized as the leading authority on the issue, and continues to speak and write about it to this day. Aside from athletes and sexual abuse, Benedict has written on such as Indian casinos, eminent domain, family values. He blogs on many of these issues on his website, Benedict also continues to write for Sports Illustrateds website, SI. com, where he discusses issues concerning athletes and crime. Public Heroes, Private Felons, Athletes and Crimes Against Women, sage Series on Violence Against Women. Pros and Cons, The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, without Reservation, The Making of Americas Most Powerful Indian Tribe and the Worlds Largest Casino. No Bone Unturned, The Adventures of the Smithsonians Top Forensic Scientist, out of Bounds, Inside the NBAs Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime. The Mormon Way of Doing Business, Leadership and Success Through Faith, how to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy, The R. C. Little Pink House, A True Story of Defiance and Courage, poisoned, The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat. The System, The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football and my Name Used to Be Muhammad, The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian. Amazon. com listing for Benedict enotalone. com, short bio on Benedict, review of Little Pink House at Open Letters
8. Mike Caro – Mike A. Caro is a professional poker player, pioneer poker theorist, author of poker books, and casino executive. In 1978 he contributed 50 statistical tables to Doyle Brunsons Super/System and he acts as a consultant to many casinos, providing odds, and he helped develop the Poker Probe, the first serious commercial PC program for analyzing poker situations. He is the founder of the Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming and Life Strategy and he was one of the few people who believed in the 1990s that real money online poker would work. He was formerly editor in chief of Poker Player magazine and senior editor of Gambling Times magazine, in 1984 at the World Series of Poker he demonstrated Orac, a poker-playing computer program that he had written. Orac was the worlds first serious attempt at an AI poker player, Caro was the chief strategist for the Bicycle Casino when it opened in 1984 and was named the general manager of the Huntington Park Casino in 1986. In 1992 he helped organize the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino and he is also a persistent advocate for four-color decks in card rooms and tournaments. Caro developed much of his theory in conversations with John Fox. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $150,000. His wife, Phyllis, is director of operations at Hollywood Park Casino
9. T. J. Cloutier – 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, California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for American 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, on his off days, he began to play poker, and quit his job after realizing that he was winning more money playing poker than working. He started playing poker when he was a caddy at a golf course, in addition to poker, Cloutier is well known for his high-stakes craps sessions. Cloutier specializes in playing tournament poker, especially no-limit and pot limit holdem, 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, Cloutier also finished in fifth place in 1988, won by Johnny Chan, and in third place in 1998, won by Scotty Nguyen. In 2009, he was one of numerous players turned away from the Main Event, Cloutier is currently second to Phil Hellmuth for the most all-time WSOP final table finishes record, with 39. His 55 WSOP cashes rank him fifth overall, Cloutier also 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 also featured in the Ultimate Poker Challenge, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. As of 2016, his live tournament winnings exceed $10,300,000. In January 2010, The Plano Pawn Shop auctioned off Cloutiers 2005 bracelet on eBay for $4,006, Cloutier is the co-author of four books on poker, Championship Tournament Practice Hands Championship Holdem Championship Omaha Championship No-Limit and Pot Limit Holdem. In May 2006, Cloutier released How To Win The Championship, Holdem Strategies For The Final Table, Cloutier formerly wrote for Card Player magazine. He features in the computer game World Class Poker with T. J and he appears in the Prince of Poker episode of the History Channel series Breaking Vegas
10. Semyon Dukach – Semyon Dukach is Managing Director of Techstars in Boston. He is also known as a top angel investor, the Chairman of SMTP, Dukach was the main character in Busting Vegas and the only member of the MIT blackjack team to be referred to by his real name in either book. Born on 25 October 1968 in Moscow, Dukach moved to the US in 1979 at the age of 11 and he completed a BS in Computer Science at Columbia University in New York in 1990 and a MS in Computer Science at MIT in Boston in 1993. At a young age Semyon developed an interest in video games, Semyon became proficient at the game by reading Ken Ustons Mastering PAC-MAN. This led him to read Ustons other titles on blackjack, giving him an understanding of the basics of card counting before he was approached to play with the MIT Blackjack Team. While attending MIT, Dukach was trained as a player on the MIT Blackjack team whose exploits were loosely depicted in the Hollywood movie 21, starting out with Strategic Investments in 1992, Dukach was a major player on the team. At the end of 1993 SI dissolved and Semyon was involved in an effort with the remaining players from SI for the next year. By 1995 Dukach and a few players split off from that team and formed a second and this new team was referred to as the Amphibians and the team that they left was referred to as the Reptiles. Since stopping play in the late 1990s, Dukachs involvement in blackjack has been limited, xconomy lists Semyon as a top Angel Investor in New England. According to his website, he has invested in over 100 start up companies, as of March 2014, Dukach is the Managing Director of the Techstars startup accelerator in Boston. Director, Boston TechStars, starting March 2014, Dukach is the brother of Inna Dukach the opera singer married to Sean Altman, former front man of Rockapella