Mark "Mickey" Appleman is an American professional poker player, sports bettor, sports handicapper now living in Fort Lee, New Jersey. His poker accomplishments include winning four WSOP bracelets, all in different variations of poker and four top 25 finishes in the WSOP Main Event. Appleman was born on July 1945 in Brooklyn, New York to parents of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, he grew up in Long Island, where he was strong in both academics. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Ohio State University where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, he earned an MBA in statistics from Case Western University. Appleman moved to Washington, D. C. where he worked as a coordinator in a drug rehabilitation clinic. He taught math in public schools. Appleman used money he had made from sports betting to fund his early poker career, he began playing at the World Series of Poker in 1975, he was a regular player at the Mayfair Club in New York City where he played against some of the now famous and successful poker players like Dan Harrington, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel.
In his long career as a professional poker player, he has won four bracelets and has finished in the money of the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event in 1987, 1989, 1990, 2000. In 2008, Appleman appeared on NBC's Poker After Dark show in the episode "Mayfair Club." The other players were the former owner of the club, Mike Shictman, professional poker players Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington, Steve Zolotow, Jay Heimowitz who won the tournament and the $120,000 cash prize. Appleman finished the tournament in third place; as of 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,787,000. His 47 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,185,861 of those winnings. Mickey has a son, born in 1987. Interview by Nolan Dalla Hendon Mob tournament results The Jesus of Handicapping by Michael Kaplan Personal Website
David Edward "Chip" Reese was an American professional poker player and gambler from Centerville, Ohio. He is regarded as having been the greatest cash game poker player. Reese suffered from rheumatic fever during his years at elementary school and had to stay at home for a year. During this time, his mother taught him how to play several card games. Reese described himself as "a product of that year." By the age of six, he was beating fifth-graders at poker. In high school, he was a football player and was on the debate team, winning an Ohio State Championship and going to the National Finals, he attended Dartmouth College after turning down an offer from Harvard University. At Dartmouth, he became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, played freshman football participated in debate, majored in economics, he had tremendous success in poker games against students and some of his professors. He taught his fraternity brothers to play a variety of card games, including bridge as well as many poker variants.
He played bridge at the Grafton County Grange. His fraternity named their chapter card room, the "David E. Reese Memorial Card Room" in his honor, he was admitted to Stanford Law School, but decided instead to play poker professionally after winning $60,000 in a tournament in Las Vegas. By the time he would have started at Stanford, he had made $100,000, his first visit to Las Vegas was so much fun, that he never left. He called his day job in Arizona several days to quit and hired someone to fly to Arizona to clean out his apartment and drive his car to Las Vegas. Shortly afterwards, Reese collaborated on the seven-card stud section for Doyle Brunson's Super/System, the best-selling poker book of all time. In it, Brunson describes Reese as "one of the two finest young … poker players in the world" and the best seven-card stud player he had played, he won the $1,000 Seven Card Stud Split event at the World Series of Poker in 1978, the $5,000 Seven Card Stud event in 1982. Reese decided to concentrate his efforts on cash games, however.
He became the card room manager at the Dunes casino. In 1991, Reese became the youngest living player to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. By 2006, he was still playing poker betting on sports. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Reese won the inaugural $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event, taking home the $1,716,000 first prize when his A♣ Q♣ held up against Andy Bloch's 9♣ 8♠ in the final hand, on a board of J♠ 7♣ 7♠ 4♥ 4♠; this event was notable for having the largest buy-in in WSOP history, as well as the longest heads-up battle with Reese and Bloch playing for seven hours and 286 hands. By comparison, the final table of the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event lasted for a total of 232 hands; as a tribute, the "David'Chip' Reese Memorial Trophy" was inaugurated in 2008 as an additional prize for the winner of the $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event at the World Series of Poker; the trophy depicts his winning hand of A♣ 7♣ 7♠ 4♥ 4♠. Starting in 2010, the trophy was awarded to the winner of The Poker Player's Championship, the replacement for the $50,000 H.
O. R. S. E. Event. Retaining the $50,000 buy-in, the event added no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, limit 2–7 triple draw to the five H. O. R. S. E. Games, culminating with a no-limit hold'em final table. Reese's total live tournament winnings exceeded $3,500,000. Reese died on December 2007, at his Las Vegas home; some sources state that Reese died in his sleep from the effects of pneumonia, while friends of Chip, including Barry Greenstein and Doyle Brunson, speculate that his death might have been related to an earlier gastric bypass that caused a blood clot. Upon learning of Reese's death, Doyle Brunson stated, "He's the best poker player that lived." World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack said upon his death that many consider Chip "the greatest cash game player who lived, but he was a World Series of Poker legend."Reese's house in Las Vegas was put up for sale on June 8, 2008 at a price of $5,699,500. He purchased the house with winnings from sports betting in baseball and from an investment in Jack Binion's Tunica casino.
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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
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
Stuart Errol Ungar was a professional poker and gin rummy player regarded to have been the greatest Texas hold'em and gin player of all time. He is one of two people in poker history to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event three times, he is the only person to win Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker three times, the world's second most prestigious poker title during its time. He is one of four players in poker history to win consecutive titles in the WSOP Main Event, along with Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Ungar was born to Jewish parents Faye Ungar, he was raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side. His father, Isidore Ungar, was a bookmaker and loan shark who ran a bar/social club called Foxes Corner that doubled as a gambling establishment, exposing Stu to gambling at a young age. Despite Ido's attempts to keep his son from gambling after seeing its effects on his regular customers, Stu began playing underground gin rummy and made a name for himself. Ungar was gifted at school and skipped seventh grade, but dropped out of school in tenth grade.
Ido died of a heart attack on July 25, 1967. Following his father's death, with his mother incapacitated by a stroke, Ungar drifted around the New York gambling scene until age 18, when he was befriended by reputed organized crime figure Victor Romano. Romano was regarded as one of the best card players of his time, he had the ability to recite the spelling and definition of all of the words in the dictionary and shared a penchant and interest for calculating odds while gambling as Ungar did. By many accounts the two developed a close relationship with Romano serving as a mentor and protector. Ungar was infamous for his arrogance and for criticizing aloud the play of opponents he felt were beneath him, which included just about anyone. One of Ungar's most famous quotes sums up his competitiveness: "I never want to be called a'good loser.' Show me a good loser and I'll just show you a loser." However, his relationship with Romano gave Ungar protection from various gamblers who did not take his crass attitude and assassin-like playing style kindly.
One man tried to hit him in the head with a chair in a bar after Ungar soundly defeated him. Ungar would claim years that the man was found shot to death a few days after the incident, although, disputed by others who knew Ungar at the time. Ungar won a local gin tournament at age 10, he dropped out of school to play gin rummy in the 1960s full-time to help support his mother and sister after his father died, began winning tournaments which earned him $10,000 or more. By 1976, he was regarded as one of the best players in New York. Ungar had to leave New York due to gambling debts at local race tracks, he moved to Miami, Florida, to find more action. In 1977, Ungar left Miami for Las Vegas, where he reunited with Madeline Wheeler, a former girlfriend who would become his wife in 1982. One of the reasons Ungar took up poker was because gin action had dried up due to his skilled reputation. Ungar destroyed anyone who challenged him in a gin match, including a professional regarded as the best gin player of Ungar's generation, Harry "Yonkie" Stein.
Ungar beat Stein 86 games to none in a high-stakes game of Hollywood Gin, after which Stein dropped out of sight in gin circles and stopped playing professionally. As one observer who knew him put it, Stein "was never the same after that night." After beating Stein and several other top gin professionals, Ungar was a marked man. Nobody wanted to play him in gin. In the hopes of generating more action for himself, Ungar began offering potential opponents handicaps to the playing field, he was known to let his opponent look at the last card in the deck, offer rebates to defeated opponents and always play each hand in the dealer position, all of which put him at a strong disadvantage. At the time Ungar first visited Las Vegas in 1977, gin was still popular in a tournament format, much like heads up poker tournaments. Ungar won or finished high in so many gin tournaments that several casinos asked him to not play in them because many players said they would not enter if they knew Ungar was playing.
Ungar said in his biography that he loved seeing his opponent break down over the course of a match, realizing he could not win and get a look of desperation on his face. Shortly after arriving in Las Vegas, Ungar defeated professional gambler Billy Baxter for $40,000. Baxter noted when Ungar first entered the room, Baxter did not believe he was his opponent because of Ungar's youthful looks and small stature. Baxter said that during their match, a Coca-Cola crate had to be placed on Ungar's chair so he could reach the table. Though he is nowadays more well known for his poker accomplishments, Ungar regarded himself as a better gin rummy player, once stating, Some day, I suppose it's possible for someone to be a better no limit hold'em player than me. I doubt it. But, I swear to you, I don't see how anyone could play gin better than me. In 1980, Ungar entered the World Series of Poker looking for more high-stakes action. In an interview for the 1997 Main Event Final Table, Ungar told ESPN TV commentator Gabe Kaplan that the 1980 WSOP was the first time he had played a Texas hold'em tournament.
Poker legend Doyle Brunson remarked that it was the first time he had seen a player improve as the tournament went on. Ungar won the main event, defeating Brunson to becom
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The World Series of Poker is a series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas and, since 2004, sponsored by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. It dates its origins to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time, a winner determined by a secret ballot of the seven players; as of 2017, the WSOP consists of 74 events. However, in recent years, over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold'em. Events traditionally take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, starting in 2008, the Main Event final table was delayed until November; the 2012 and 2016 Main Event final tables commenced in October because of the United States presidential election. As of May 2017, the World Series of Poker has done away with the November Nine concept and instead gone back to the old format of crowning the Main Event winner in July; the idea of a World Series of Poker began in 1969 with an event called the Texas Gambling Reunion.
It was an invitational event sponsored by Tom Moore of San Antonio and held at the Holiday Hotel and Casino in Reno. This inaugural event was won by Crandell Addington; the set of tournaments that the World Series of Poker would evolve into was the brainchild of Las Vegas casino owner and poker player Benny Binion. In 1970, the first WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe took place as a series of cash games that included five-card stud, deuce to seven low-ball draw, seven-card stud, Texas hold'em; the format for the Main Event as a freeze-out Texas hold'em game came the next year. The winner in 1970, Johnny Moss, was elected by his peers as the first "World Champion of Poker" and received a silver cup as a prize. In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment purchased Binion's Horseshoe, retained the rights to the Horseshoe and World Series of Poker brands, sold the hotel and casino to MTR Gaming Group, announced that the 2005 Series events would be held at the Harrah's-owned Rio Hotel and Casino, located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The final two days of the main event in 2005 were held downtown at what is now the MTR-operated "Binion's" in celebration of the centennial of the founding of Las Vegas. The WSOP added a made-for-television $2 million "freeroll" invitational Tournament of Champions event first won by Annie Duke as a "winner-take-all" event; the winner of each event receives a World Series of Poker bracelet and a monetary prize based on the number of entrants and buy-in amounts. Over the years, the tournament has grown in both the number of events and in the number of participants; each year, the WSOP culminates with the $10,000 no-limit hold'em "Main Event," which, since 2004, has attracted entrants numbering in the thousands. The victor receives a multi-million dollar cash prize and a bracelet, which has become the most coveted award a poker player can win; the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event is considered to be the World Champion of Poker. Since 1971, all WSOP events have been tournaments with cash prizes.
In 1973, a five-card stud event was added. Since new events have been added and removed. Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP; the tournament grew for over a decade, reaching 52 participants in 1982. In the early 1980s, satellite tournaments were introduced, allowing people to win their way into the various events. By 1987, there were over 2,100 entrants in the entire series. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, there were 45 events. Participation in the Main Event peaked that year, with 8,773 players; the number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from 2000 until 2006. Following 2006, new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event. 2007 was the first dip in numbers in the 21st century while in 2008 more people participated than the previous year. In 2000, there were 4,780 entrants in the various events, but in 2005, the number rose to over 23,000 players. In the main event alone, the number of participants grew from 839 in 2003 to 8,773 in 2006, has hovered between 6,300 and 7,200 entrants in the eleven years since.
Phil Hellmuth has won the most bracelets with 15 followed by Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey with ten bracelets each. Crandell Addington is the only player to place in the top ten of the World Series of Poker Main Event eight times, albeit in earlier years with small fields compared to modern times. Four players have won the Main Event multiple times: Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan. Bracelet winners who first achieved fame in other fields include French actor/singer Patrick Bruel, Danish soccer player Jan Vang Sørensen, American actress Jennifer Tilly, American musician/record producer Steve Albini. In recent years, there have been non-bracelet events at the WSOP. Texas hold'em, Omaha hold'em and Seven-card stud and their lowball variants are played. H. O. R. S. E. has been played in the past and returned in 2006. S. H. O. E. has been played in the past, returned in 2007. Other events played in the past include Chinese poker, Five card stud, many others. Like most tournaments, the sponsoring casino takes an entry fee and distributes the rest, hence the prize money
Richard Paul Reilly is an American sportswriter. Long known for being the "back page" columnist for Sports Illustrated, Reilly moved to ESPN on June 1, 2008, where he was a featured columnist for ESPN.com and wrote the back page column for ESPN the Magazine. Reilly hosted ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, an interview show, he is a contributing essayist for ESPN SportsCenter and ABC Sports. Reilly began his career in 1979 as an undergraduate assistant with the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, he left the Camera in 1981 to be a football writer on the sports staff of the Denver Post on to the Los Angeles Times in 1983 before joining Sports Illustrated in 1985. Reilly has become a recognized name in the sportswriting industry because of his human interest pieces; the "Life of Reilly" was the first signed opinion piece in SI's history. By some accounts, during his prime he was considered the "preeminent sportswriter in America". Reilly left SI during the week of November 29, 2007, after 23 years with the magazine.
At ESPN, his column "Life of Reilly" appeared on ESPN.com. On March 10, 2010, Reilly announced that he would no longer be writing his opinion column for the magazine, but was going to a regular essay on SportsCenter. Reilly delivered essays from live sporting events for SportsCenter and other ESPN telecasts, such as the U. S. Open and the British Open, he hosted “Homecoming”, an interview program, on ESPN, taped in the hometowns of featured guests. The series launched in April 2009. On March 12, 2014 he announced his retirement from sports writing, his last column was published on ESPN.com on June 10, 2014. ESPN announced that he would continue working for them in a television-only capacity, including SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown. Reilly has been voted NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times, he is second only to the late Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times in number of times winning that award. In 2009, he joined a roster of journalism notables as winner of the Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism.
His work has been recognized by the prestigious New York Newspaper Guild's Page One Award for Best Magazine Story. Reilly co-wrote the screenplay for Leatherheads, a film directed by George Clooney, starring Clooney, Renée Zellweger and John Krasinski and released in April 2008. Reilly's first novel, Missing Links, has been optioned for development as a feature film. Slate's Josh Levin noted that Reilly had an affinity for discussing pro athletes and their accomplishments via tooth jokes, he is harsh on dental flossing. He described Tiger Woods's 2002 victory at Augusta as suspenseful as flossing, riding Lance Armstrong's team car about as boring as flossing sharks, would rather floss crocodiles than go skydiving, stated John Elway's perfect endorsement product would be Johnson & Johnson dental floss. In 2002, after Sammy Sosa's public assertion that if baseball initiated testing for performance-enhancing drugs, he "wanted to be first in line", Reilly suggested that he submit to preemptive, voluntary testing.
"Why wait to see what the players' association will do?" Reilly asked. "Why not step up right now and be tested? Show everybody you're clean." Sosa refused, angrily. Reilly described the incident in his column the following week. Reilly has been a frequent critic of former San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds for his treatment of his teammates, his off-field behavior and his alleged steroid use. Reilly had long defended cyclist Lance Armstrong against accusations of using illegal performance enhancements, in part because his own reporting turned up no evidence corroborating the allegations, made against Armstrong over the years; when Armstrong confessed in January 2013 after many years of denials, Reilly wrote a critical piece about Armstrong, saying that he had spent 14 years "polishing a legend that turned out to be plated in fool's gold." In 2006, Reilly wrote a column in Sports Illustrated about a program dedicated to providing anti-malaria nets to African children at a cost of $10 per net.
His request for contributions elicited a response from thousands and led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets foundation in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Reilly’s books include: Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump – How Golf Explains Trump - An on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes look at Donald Trump's ethics deficit on and off the course. Slo Mo! – – A fictional diary of a naive 7'8" kid taken from high school to the NBA. Missing Links – – A novel about an eccentric group of golfers who are regulars at the worst public golf course in America. Shanks for Nothing – – This sequel to Missing Links cracked the New York Times bestseller list. Like Missing Links, it revolves around the antics and camaraderie of the regulars of the Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli; the Life of Reilly – An anthology of Reilly's best early works from Sports Illustrated. A New York Times bestseller. Hate Mail from Cheerleaders and Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly – An anthology consisting of one-hundred Reilly's best weekly articles from 2000-2006.
An instant success, it hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week. Who's Your Caddy – – A collection of stories about Reilly caddying for several remarkable people ranging from Donald Trump to the blind golfing world champion. A New York Times bestseller; the Boz – Co-author of the best-selling autobiography of Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth. I'd Love to but I Have a Game – co