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
Jack Benny Binion is an American businessman. Binion is the son of casino magnate Benny Binion and worked for his father at Binion's Horseshoe, a casino and hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Binion became president of the Horseshoe in 1963 at the age of 26, his fame grew following his 1970 hosting of the first World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe which became the largest set of poker tournaments in the world. Held, Binion's Horseshoe became renowned as one of Nevada's most successful casino operations. In 1998, following a protracted legal battle for control of the Horseshoe among Benny Binion's heirs, Binion sold his interest in Binion's Horseshoe to his sister, Becky Behnen, while retaining a token 1% interest in the operation so that he could lawfully retain his Nevada Gaming License, he acquired the rights to the Horseshoe brand outside of Nevada. Binion went on to form Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation which developed and operated several riverboat casinos under the Horseshoe name. Binion continued to promote the casinos for Harrah's Entertainment following his sale of the company in 2004 to Harrah's.
As of 2008, Binion's name appears on the "Jack Binion's Steakhouse" at Horseshoe Tunica and Horseshoe Hammond and several of the Horseshoe-branded casinos still carry slot machines bearing Binion's likeness called "Who Wants To Be A Binionaire?" that originated before the Harrah's acquisition. While running Horseshoe Gaming, Binion started the World Poker Open which at one time was a major feeder tournament for the World Series of Poker. Binion was inducted into the American Gaming Association's Gaming Hall of Fame on June 11, 2004; the following year on July 6, 2005 the World Series of Poker, inducted him into the Poker Hall of Fame. In July 2006, Binion became chairman of Wynn International, his responsibilities included opening the Wynn Macau. He has remained with Wynn Resorts in a consulting role. Las Vegas Sun
Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson was an American professional poker player. He is best known as the 1973 World Series of Poker Main Event winner. Pearson was raised in Tennessee in a family with nine siblings, he got his nickname "Puggy" from a childhood accident that left him with a disfigured nose at the age of twelve. He dropped out of school in the fifth grade, at the age of 17, he joined the United States Navy, where he served three terms, he strengthened his skills at gambling while in the Navy. Prior to 1949, all poker games were cash games. Pearson originated the idea of a freezeout tournament and shared his idea with fellow gambler "Nick the Greek" Dandolos in the early 1950s. Dandalos brought the idea to legendary casino owner Benny Binion. After further urging by Pearson, Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, all of whom felt that such a tournament would create great side game action, Binion founded the World Series of Poker in 1970. Pearson participated in the first World Series of Poker that year along with Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Sailor Roberts, Crandell Addington, Carl Cannon.
Pearson won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the 1971 Limit Seven-Card Stud preliminary event. In 1973, he won two preliminary events in the WSOP. In the same World Series, Pearson won the Main Event when his A♠ 7♠ defeated Johnny Moss's K♥ J♠. With the Main Event victory, he became the first player in WSOP history to win three events in a single year; this record has since been matched by five others. He won four bracelets. Pearson was known as a man who would always seek out the biggest game in town, whether it was in the poker room or on the golf course, he owned a RV, which he called the Roving Gambler, with this painted on the side: "I'll play any man from any land any game he can name for any amount I can count, provided I like it."Pearson was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1987. Pearson, who had a long history of heart problems, died on April 12, 2006. Guardian article by Victoria Coren CardPlayer article by Jeff Shulman Hendon Mob tournament results WNY Poker thread
Duane "Dewey" Tomko is an American former kindergarten teacher turned professional poker player, based in Winter Haven, Florida. Tomko is chiefly noted as the runner-up in the World Series of Poker $10,000 no limit Texas hold'em Main Event in 1982 and 2001. Besides his success in the Main Event, Tomko has won three WSOP bracelets, all in different variations of poker, in addition to various other tournament wins throughout his career. Tomko was raised in Glassport, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, he began playing poker profitably as a 16-year-old in Pittsburgh pool halls which allowed him to finance his education. Tomko worked as a kindergarten teacher for several years, but played poker through the night. After Tomko realised that playing poker was more profitable than his job, he invested a sum of his winnings into businesses while choosing to play poker full-time and leaving his full-time job. Tomko won, he defeated Duanne Hammrich heads-up to win $48,000 cash prize. At the 1984 WSOP, Dewey won two bracelets.
First, he won the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw event. The next day, he went back-to-back, winning the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha with re-buys event for his third bracelet. In addition to his WSOP success, Tomko has made two World Poker Tour final tables, he finished runner-up in the 2003 Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $552,853 and in fourth place in the Costa Rica Classic for $14,650. Tomko has played every WSOP Main Event since 1974, the longest active streak. Tomko finished in 3rd place in the 2005 WSOP Deuce-To-Seven lowball event worth $138,160, he made the final table of the first WSOP $50,000 buy-in H. O. R. S. E. Tournament in 2006 which featured some of the best tournament and cash game poker players in the world, he finished in 7th place earning $343,200. As of 2010, Tomko's total live tournament winnings exceed $4,960,000. Just over half of his tournament winnings, $2,641,573, have come at the WSOP, he is a 2008 inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame. He was inducted alongside Henry Orenstein.
Tomko is married with three children. His son, encouraged him to return to playing poker tournaments. Tomko is an excellent golfer, spending much of his time on the golf course when he is not playing poker, he has played with many of his fellow high-stakes poker players like Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, many others. One of his most frequent golf partners is fellow poker professional Hilbert Shirey, who lives in Tomko's hometown of Winter Haven, Florida. Rick Reilly chronicles a day with Dewey on a golf course in his book. In it, he contends. On NBC's Poker After Dark, poker professional and 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer noted that professional golfer Rocco Mediate has said that if he had one person to putt for his life, it would be Tomko
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
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
Wild Bill Hickok
James Butler Hickok, better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, spy, lawman, gambler and actor. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and fabricated tales that he told about his life; some contemporaneous reports of his exploits are known to be fictitious, but they remain the basis of much of his fame and reputation, along with his own stories. Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were rampant because of the influence of the "Banditti of the Prairie". Hickok was drawn to this ruffian lifestyle and headed west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver and as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska, he fought and spied for the Union Army during the American Civil War and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman and professional gambler.
Over the course of his life, he was involved in several notable shoot-outs. In 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by Jack McCall, an unsuccessful gambler; the hand of cards which he held at the time of his death has become known as the dead man's hand: two pairs and eights. Hickok remains a popular figure in frontier history. Many historic sites and monuments commemorate his life, he has been depicted numerous times in literature and television, he is chiefly portrayed as a protagonist, though historical accounts of his actions are controversial and most of his career was exaggerated by both himself and various mythmakers. While Hickok claimed to have killed numerous named and unnamed gunmen in his lifetime, according to Joseph G. Rosa, Hickok's biographer and the foremost authority on Wild Bill, Hickok killed only six or seven men in gunfights. James Butler Hickok was born May 27, 1837, in Homer, Illinois, to William Alonzo Hickok, a farmer and abolitionist, his wife Polly Butler.
His father was said to have used the family house, now demolished, as a station on the Underground Railroad. Hickok was the fourth of six children. William Hickok died in 1852, when James was 15. Hickok was a good shot from a young age and was recognized locally as an outstanding marksman with a pistol. Photographs of Hickok appear to depict dark hair, but all contemporaneous descriptions affirm that it was red. In 1855, at age 18, James Hickok fled Illinois following a fight with Charles Hudson, during which both fell into a canal. Hickok moved to Leavenworth in the Kansas Territory, where he joined "General" Jim Lane's Free State Army, a vigilante group active in the new territory. While a Jayhawker, he met 12-year-old William Cody, who despite his youth served as a scout just two years for the U. S. Army during the Utah War. While in Nebraska, James Hickok was derisively referred to as "Duck Bill" for his long nose and protruding lips, he grew a moustache following the McCanles incident and in 1861 began calling himself Wild Bill.
He was known before 1861 by Jayhawkers as "Shanghai Bill" because of his height and slim build. Hickok used his late brother's name, William Hickok, from 1858 and the name William Haycock during the Civil War. Most newspapers referred to him as William Haycock until 1869, he was arrested while using the name Haycock in 1865. He afterward resumed using James Hickok. Military records after 1865 list him as Hickok but note that he was known as Haycock. In an 1867 article about his shoot-out with Davis Tutt, his surname was misspelled as Hitchcock. In 1857, Hickok claimed a 160-acre tract in Kansas. On March 22, 1858, he was elected one of the first four constables of Monticello Township. In 1859, he joined the Russell and Waddell freight company, the parent company of the Pony Express. In 1860, he was badly injured by a bear while driving a freight team from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to Hickok's account, he found the road blocked by its two cubs. Dismounting, he approached the bear and fired a shot into its head, but the bullet ricocheted off its skull, infuriating it.
The bear attacked. Hickok managed wounding the bear's paw; the bear grabbed his arm in its mouth, but Hickok was able to grab his knife and slash its throat, killing it. Hickok was injured, with a crushed chest and arm, he was bedridden for four months before being sent to Rock Creek Station in the Nebraska Territory to work as a stable hand while he recovered. The freight company had built the stagecoach stop along the Oregon Trail near Fairbury, Nebraska, on land purchased from David McCanles. On July 12, 1861, David McCanles went to the Rock Creek Station office to demand an overdue property payment from Horace Wellman, the station manager. McCanles threatened Wellman, either Hickok or Wellman killed him. Hickok and another employee, J. W. Brink, were found to have acted in self-defense. McCanles may have been the first man Hickok killed. Hickok subsequently visited McCanles' widow, apologized for the killing, offered her $35 in restitution, all the money he had with him at the time. After the Civil War