David Pham, is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player from Bell Gardens, California with three World Series of Poker bracelets who has made seven final tables at the World Poker Tour. Pham was born in South Vietnam and fled to the United States at the age of 17 in a boat carrying 145 people of which only 46 survived the journey. Once in the United States, Pham gained employment at his cousin's laundry business, his cousin is the famed professional poker player Men Nguyen, from whom Pham would learn poker and continue to do so after Pham along with his wife had opened a nail salon in Los Angeles, California. In both 2000 and 2007 Pham was named "Player of the Year" by Card Player; as of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,850,000. His 50 cashes at the WSOP account for over $2,175,000 of those winnings. Pham won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2001 for the $2.000 S. H. O. E. Event, defeating a final table including Tom McEvoy, John Cernuto, Cyndy Violette and Paul Darden.
In 2006, Pham won a second WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. He won a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event in 2017. In February 2003, Pham won the $5,000 limit hold'em event of the L. A. Poker Classic, outlasting such players as John Phan and Jennifer Harman to take home the $457,320 first prize. In December 2004, he defeated Alan Goehring heads-up to win the $3,000 no limit hold'em event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, earning a payday of $414,419. On March 28, 2008, Pham made his sixth WPT final table at the 2008 World Poker Challenge, where he finished 5th earning $93,664. On November 11, 2008, Pham finished in fourth place at the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals, earning $240,344. In January 2008, Pham finished in fourth place, winning $600,000 at the European Poker Tour's PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure after being eliminated at the final table by Bertrand Grospellier, who called Pham all-in with an ace high flush draw on the turn, made on the river. Poker-Player-Profiles.com - David Pham profile Poker-King.com - David Pham profile
James "Jim" McManus is an American teacher and poker player living in Kenilworth, Illinois. He is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts program for writers at the Art Institute of Chicago. McManus is best known as the author of the book Positively Fifth Street: Murderers and Binion's World Series of Poker; the book is dedicated to James McManus. The book is based on his trip to Las Vegas to cover the progress of women in the 2000 World Series of Poker and the death of Ted Binion, he used his advance to enter a satellite tournament for entry into the main event, defeating the likes of Hasan Habib to qualify for the seat. He made the final table of the Main Event, finishing in 5th place and winning $247,760, he credited his success in the tournament to the book Championship No-Limit & Pot-Limit Hold'em by T. J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy. Cloutier and Chris Ferguson were at the same final table. McManus made the quarter-finals of the 2006 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, where he was eliminated by Ferguson.
McManus continues to play live poker when not teaching and raising two young daughters with his second wife, Jennifer Arra. As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings exceed $760,000. Going to the Sun Ghost Waves Curtains Chin Music Out of the Blue Positively Fifth Street: Murderers and Binion's World Series of Poker Physical: An American Checkup Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker serialized in Card Player magazine Great America Antonio Salazar Is Dead He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker among others, his Esquire article on stem cell research was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has been the poker columnist of the New York Times and writes the history column for Card Player, he has spoken about the game at Yale, Google, Goldman Sachs, on numerous media outlets. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best American Magazine Writing, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Political Writing, Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction, The New Kings of Nonfiction, Richter 858, The Book of Irish American Poetry, other anthologies.
He has received the Peter Lisagor Award for Sports Journalism, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, other awards. He was born to both of Irish descent. McManus pursued undergraduate degrees from Loyola University Chicago and University of Illinois Chicago, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 and a Master of Arts degree in 1977, both from UIC. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the history section of Harvard's new online poker university. Chicagoist.com interview Esquire article Further Adventures in Poker Cardplayer article The Biology and Eros of No-Limit Hold'em Tournaments New Yorker article Aces What Poker Can Teach Us Appearances on C-SPAN
World Series of Poker
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
David Chiu (poker player)
David Chiu is a Chinese American professional poker player, based in Las Vegas, who has won five World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the 2008 World Poker Tour's WPT World Championship, the first winner of the Tournament of Champions of Poker. Chiu was a restaurant owner in Colorado, he took a second job as a poker dealer and became a poker tournament specialist who earned a reputation for himself by winning the $2,000 limit hold'em event at the 1996 World Series of Poker. Chiu cashed in the WSOP $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em main event in 1996, 2003, 2006 Due to a swimming accident, Chiu is deaf in both ears. However, Chiu says that this has allowed him to concentrate more on reading his opponents at the table. Chiu plays World Poker Tour events and has made two WPT final tables. At the Season 1 WPT Invitational event in 2003, he finished 3rd behind Jerry Buss. In April 2008, Chiu won the Season 6 WPT Championship, overcoming Gus Hansen's more than 6:1 chip lead at the beginning of heads-up play to claim the title and the $3,389,140 prize.
As of 2016, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,030,000. His 60 cashes as the WSOP account for $3,371,037 of those winnings. Official site
World Series of Poker bracelet
The World Series of Poker bracelet is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win. Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP. If the victory occurred before 1976, WSOP championships are now counted as "bracelets". During the first years of the WSOP only a handful of bracelets were awarded each year. In 1990, there were only 14 bracelet events. By 2000, that number increased to 24; as the popularity of poker has increased during the 2000s, the number of events has increased. In 2011, 58 bracelets were awarded at the WSOP, seven at the World Series of Poker Europe, one to the WSOP National Circuit Champion; this brought the total number of bracelets awarded up to 959. Five additional bracelets were awarded for the first time in April 2013 at the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in Melbourne, Australia.. In 2017, 74 for bracelets were awarded at the WSOP and an additional 11 will be awarded at the WSOPE in Czech Republic.
After the conclusion of the 2014 WSOP APAC, there have been 1083 bracelets awarded, 500 of which were won by 170 players who have won at least two bracelets, with all of the other bracelets being won by one-time winners. This includes 17 Main Event winners: Hal Fowler, Bill Smith, Mansour Matloubi, Brad Daugherty, Jim Bechtel, Russ Hamilton, Noel Furlong, Robert Varkonyi, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jamie Gold, Jerry Yang, Peter Eastgate, Pius Heinz, Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson. Since Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 Main Event, only three players have won and followed it up with a win in another bracelet event, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada and Joe McKeehen; the 1976 bracelet looked "like gold nuggets kind of hammered flat". The bracelet in 1976 cost $500. In the 1980s, Las Vegas jeweler Mordechai Yerushalmi became the exclusive manufacturer of WSOP bracelets until Harrah's Entertainment bought the rights to the WSOP in 2004. According to 2003 WSOP Champion Chris Moneymaker, the design of the bracelet remained unchanged under Yerushalmi.
In 2005, Gold and Diamond International based in Memphis, TN won the bid from Harrah's Entertainment to manufacture the 2005 World Series of Poker bracelets. The company manufactures the WSOP circuit rings. In 2006, Frederick Goldman, Inc. made the WSOP bracelets while luxury watch maker Corum introduced some commemorative watches as part of the prize package. In 2006, the Champion's bracelet had 259 stones including 7.2 carats of diamonds, 120 grams of white and yellow gold. It used rubies to represent the heart and diamond suits, a sapphire to represent the spade and three black diamonds to represent the clubs. In 2007, Corum became the official bracelet manufacturer for the WSOP; some of the 2007 World Series of Poker champions received both a bracelet from Corum. Corum designed four variations for the 2007 World Series of Poker Bracelets; the standard version, presented to 53 winners features 53 diamonds. The Ladies World Champion receives a bracelet, adorned with four black diamonds, two rubies and 87 blue sapphires.
The $50,000 HORSE Champion Bracelet has two rubies. The World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet has 120 diamonds on 136 grams of 18 carat white gold; the value of the 2007 bracelets have not been released, but the typical price of a Corum watch ranges from $1,500–$30,000+. In 2008, the Main Event Bracelet had 291 diamonds, totalling 2.81 carats set in 168 grams of 18kt white gold. The other 54 event bracelets consisted of 55 diamonds, totalling 0.25 carats set in 80 grams of 14kt yellow gold. In 2010, an Australian-based company OnTilt Designs Pty Ltd won a multi-year contract to become the official bracelet manufacturer for the WSOP. OnTilt jewelers decided that the 2010 bracelet design would return to the tradition of the 1970s and 1980s where the bracelet was a heavy piece of unadorned metal. American jewelry designer Steve Soffa was chosen to design and manufacture the entire set of bracelets; the goal was to create a bracelet that somebody would want to wear every day. In 2011, OnTilt has been chosen to manufacture the WSOP Circuit rings.
In 2012, Jason Arasheben, famed jewelry designer and owner of Jason of Beverly Hills was chosen as the official bracelet manufacturer of the WSOP. Arasheben had designed the championship rings for the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2011 Green Bay Packers, among others; the Main Event bracelet will feature each suit in the deck in black diamonds. In terms of sheer mass, it weighs in at over 160 grams of 14 karat gold and over 35 carats of flawless diamonds. A special platinum bracelet was awarded at the 2012 WSOP to the winner of The Big One for One Drop, Antonio Esfandiari; the event was a $1 million buy-in tournament created as a fundraiser for the One Drop Foundation, a charity established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. At first, the bracelets did not have much prestige. Ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson said that his first bracelet "didn't mean anything" to him and that he did not pick up two of them; some professional poker players believe. Those who have belong to an exclusive club.
"It's impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously," stated World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack during the 2006 bracelet unveiling. "It is the equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Lombardi Trophy in American football."Many professional poker players desire the recognition, associated with the bracelet. Former Celebrit
Huckleberry"Huck" Seed is an American professional poker player best known for winning the Main Event of the 1996 World Series of Poker. Seed was born in Santa Clara, but grew up in Corvallis, where he attended Corvallis High School, he was a member of the 1987 Montana All-State basketball team. Seed was an electrical engineering student at California Institute of Technology and a member of Fleming House, he took a leave of absence in 1989, started playing poker, never returned to college. Seed was a star player on Caltech's basketball team and is featured in the 2006 documentary Quantum Hoops. Seed won the 1996 World Series of Poker main event, which resulted in his second bracelet and the $1,000,000 first prize, he made the final table of the 1999 WSOP main event, but was eliminated in sixth place by eventual champion Noel Furlong. In the 2003 World Series of Poker, Seed won his fourth career bracelet in a $3,000 Limit Razz tournament, he defeated Phil Ivey in heads-up play to win the bracelet.
In the 2007 Main Event, Seed finished 73rd out of 6,358 players. Seed won the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, where he took the top prize of $500,000 and improved his overall record in the event to 18-4, an all-time best for win total. In addition, Seed became the only player to cash in every NBC Heads-Up tournament. Seed's streak ended in the 2010 tournament with his first round loss to eventual runner-up Erik Seidel. In 2010, Seed won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions freeroll for $500,000; as of October 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,900,000. He has four WSOP bracelets and 40 total cashes at the WSOP, accounting for $3,331,986 of his live tournament winnings. Seed has been involved in many "prop bets", he once made a $10,000 proposition bet with Phil Hellmuth and Konstantin Othmer that he could float in the ocean for 24 hours without touching the bottom. By bet rules, he was not allowed to bet more than an additional $15,000, could settle the bet without attempting the feat for $5,000, what happened.
This bet has been incorrectly reported. Seed once took a six-figure bet that he could break 100 on a desert golf course four times in a day using just a five iron, sand wedge, putter, he has bet that he would be able to go an entire year without shaving
Paul Darden, Jr. is an American professional poker player, rap music promoter, night club owner from New Haven, Connecticut. He was acquitted. Poker was Darden's way of turning his life around, he was helped in this by his mentor, Phil Ivey, he was best known as a seven-card stud player, where he had several notable tournament finishes in 2000 prior to winning the World Series of Poker bracelet in 2001 for the $2,500 seven-card stud event, defeating Tom Franklin heads-up. In 2002, Darden won a World Poker Tour title in the $3,000 main event of the Gold Rush tournament, he would finish in 2nd place behind Gus Hansen in the WPT Bad Boys of Poker invitational event. Additionally, in March 2005 he finished 5th in the $10,000 main event of the PartyPoker.com Million IV cruise. In 2003, he made his first money finish in the $10,000 WSOP main event, he cashed in the same event in 2005. Darden is the mentor of professional poker player Amnon Filippi; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,100,000 with his 16 cashes at the WSOP accounting for $287,456 of those winnings.
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