Hamid Reza Dastmalchi is an Iranian-American professional poker player. Dastmalchi won the 1992 World Series of Poker main event, his largest tournament win at $1 million, he again made the final table of the main event in 1995. Dastmalchi was involved in a legal dispute in 1999 with Binion's Horseshoe after the new management would not let him cash in over $800,000 in chips he had won prior to a legal battle in which Becky Binion Behnen replaced Jack Binion as the head of the casino; the Nevada Gaming Commission ruled the chips should be cashed. In his career, Dastmalchi has won three WSOP bracelets, his last victory coming in 1993. Dastmalchi's last major tournament cash came in 2002 in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Although he plays in tournaments anymore, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,800,000 as of 2009, with his ten cashes at the WSOP accounting for $1,600,760 of those winnings. Pokerpages.com profile: Hamid Dastmalchi
Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr. is an American professional poker player who has won a record fifteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker and the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, he is a 2007 inductee of the WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth is known for his temperamental "poker brat" personality. Hellmuth was born in Madison and attended Madison West High School, his adolescence was troublesome, issues with grades and friends were tough on Phil, who said he was at that time the "ugly duckling" of his family. He moved on to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for three years, where he dropped out to become a full-time poker player. Since 1992, he has lived in Palo Alto, California with his wife, Katherine Sanborn, a psychiatrist at Stanford University, their two sons, Phillip III and Nicholas; as of 2019, his total live tournament winnings exceed $22,850,000. He is ranked 17th on the all-time money list. Hellmuth is known for taking his seat at poker tournaments long after they begin.
In the 1988 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth had his first in the money finish at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Split, the 6th event. In the 1988 WSOP he came 33rd after being eliminated by eventual champion Johnny Chan. In 1989, the 24-year-old Hellmuth became the youngest player to win the Main Event of the WSOP by defeating the two-time defending champion Johnny Chan in heads up play. Hellmuth holds the records for most WSOP cashes and most WSOP final tables, overtaking T. J. Cloutier; as of August 2017, Hellmuth has won over $14,000,000 at the WSOP and ranks fifth on the WSOP All Time Money List, behind Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Colman, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel. Hellmuth is tied for fifth all time in number of times cashed in the WSOP Main Event, he has eight Main Event cashes, placing him behind Berry Johnston, Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin. Thirteen of Hellmuth's fifteen bracelets have been in Texas hold'em, though he has had quite a bit of success in non-hold'em events.
As of the start of the 2015 World Series, 22 of his 52 final tables are for a variety of games, including 2-7 Lowball, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Seven Card Razz, Omaha hold'em, as well as mixed games like H. O. R. S. E and the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. Of those 22 events, Hellmuth has finished runner-up six times. At the 1993 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth became the second player in WSOP history to win three bracelets in one WSOP. Hellmuth's three victories came in three consecutive days. At the 1997 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his 5th bracelet of the decade. At the conclusion of the 1999 World Series of Poker, his five bracelets would stand to lead the decade for most WSOP bracelets won by one player in the 1990s. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth captured his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys event. At the time, it tied him with Johnny Chan for most bracelets. At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event.
Hellmuth's sponsor arranged. Hellmuth lost control of the car in the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino parking lot and hit a light fixture, he gave up the car for a limo. At the 2008 WSOP Main Event, Hellmuth verbally abused another player and received a one-round penalty. After a private meeting with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack the penalty was overruled and Hellmuth finished the tournament in 45th place. In the 2011 World Series of Poker, Phil finished second in three tournaments, in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, The Poker Player's Championship eight-game mix. On June 11, 2012, Hellmuth won his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event, defeating Don Zewin and earning $182,793. Zewin had finished third to Chan and Hellmuth when Hellmuth won his first bracelet in 1989; this is the first bracelet Hellmuth has won in a non-hold'em event, made him the first player to win at least one bracelet in each of the last four decades, only the third player in WSOP history to win a bracelet in four different decades.
Hellmuth collected $2,645,333 for his fourth-place finish in the $1,000,000 buy-in "Big One for One Drop" tournament, by far the largest single tournament cash of his career. On October 4, 2012, Hellmuth won his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet in the €10,450 WSOPE No Limit Hold'em Main Event, earning €1,022,376 and becoming the first player to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events; this win made Hellmuth the first player in WSOP history to win multiple bracelets in three different years. He
High Stakes Poker
High Stakes Poker is a cash game poker television program, broadcast by the cable television network GSN in the United States. The poker variant played on the show is no limit, it premiered on January 16, 2006 and ended on December 17, 2007 for the first 4 seasons and the last 3 seasons ran from March 1, 2009 to May 21, 2011 and was simulcast in 3DTV on N3D. The participants on the show include amateur players; the show was hosted alongside Gabe Kaplan. Starting with the sixth season, Kara Scott replaced Benza as Kaplan's co-host, with Scott conducting interviews from the poker room floor. Starting with the seventh season, Norm Macdonald replaced Gabe Kaplan as Scott's co-host; the first season of High Stakes Poker, taped at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, was first broadcast in January 16, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. and consisted of 13 episodes until April 10, 2006, hosted by A. J. Benza and comedian/actor-turned-poker pro Gabe Kaplan; the second season, taped at The Palms and consisting of 16 episodes, premiered on June 5, 2006 and ended on September 18, 2006.
The third season consisting of 13 episodes was taped at the South Point Casino at 9:00 p.m. and premiered on January 15, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. and ended on April 9, 2007. New players for the third season included Jamie Gold, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Patrik Antonius, Paul Wasicka, David Benyamine, Brian Townsend and others. Returning players from previous seasons included Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Sammy Farha, Phil Laak, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Brad Booth and others. On April 2, 2007, GSN announced that High Stakes Poker would return for a fourth season, again taped at South Point. Taping was completed in May, with the season premiering on August 27, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. Returning players included Patrik Antonius, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Sam Farha, Jamie Gold, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth Jr. Jennifer Harman, Daniel Negreanu. Newcomers for the fourth season include Brandon Adams, Mike Baxter, Brian Brandon, Phil Galfond, Guy Laliberté, Bob Safai, Antonio Salorio, Haralabos Voulgaris.
The episodes of this season featured a $500,000 minimum buy-in and these games saw more than $5 million in play on the table at one time. Season four finished airing on December 17, 2007 and featured 17 episodes; the network cited the show's strong ratings performance in younger demographics. Season five ran from March 1, 2009 to May 24, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. was taped at the Golden Nugget on December 19–21, 2008 and featured a minimum cash buy-in of $200,000. The format for season 5 differed from its predecessors by having Kaplan and Benza not appear on camera until after the first commercial break in the show, rather than at the outset. Season six premiered at 8:00 p.m. on February 14, 2010 and ended on May 9, 2010 with Gabe Kaplan and Kara Scott. It was taped for a second straight season at the Golden Nugget; the sixth season aired with three different groups of players throughout 13 episodes. Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey bought in for $500,000. Other rotating players, including newcomers Jason Mercier, Dennis Phillips, Andrew Robl, Lex Veldhuis, bought in for $200,000.
Season seven debuted on its new GSN Saturday night time slot at 8:00 p.m. from February 26, 2011 to May 21, 2011. Norm Macdonald replaced Gabe Kaplan as the host and Kara Scott conducted interviews from the poker room floor; the series was filmed in December 2010 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Sponsored Full Tilt Poker pros were required to boycott the show this time around, as rival site PokerStars became its official sponsors. Thus, "High Stakes Poker" Season 7 is devoid of such Full Tilt pros as Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, David Benyamine, Mike Matusow, Eli Elezra. GSN announced it would be scaling back its airings of High Stakes Poker after PokerStars pulled out of the U. S. market following the indictments in United States v. Scheinberg et al. crackdown on online gambling. When it first aired, High Stakes Poker was unique among televised poker series because it did not take place in a tournament setting. Instead, the program showed a high-stakes cash game; the minimum buy-in to the game is US$100,000, but players have bought in for as much as $1,000,000, such as Daniel Negreanu in Season 1 and Brad Booth in Season 3.
For part of the fourth season, the minimum buy-in was $500,000. The first episode with the minimum $500,000 buy-in was broadcast on November 5, 2007; the minimum cash buy-in for the fifth season increased to $200,000 - the largest buy-in for an entire run of a television series. Unlike in poker tournaments, the chips involved represent real money. If a player loses his initial buy-in, that player may rebuy a minimum of $50,000. In addition, players may use cash instead of casino chips. Cash stays as cash in the pot. Unlike tournament poker and antes are constant, instead of increasing as time goes on. High Stakes Poker has $300/$600 blinds with a $100 ante; the fourth season features three forced blinds of $300, $600, $1,200, with a "straddle" or optional fourth blind of $2,400. The players include poker professionals along with amateurs such as Fred Chamanara; the show was created by executive producer Henry Orenstein. In season one, Daniel Negreanu confirmed in a post on his website's forums that all players were paid $1,250 per hour for taking part and that 13 episodes were edited down from 24 hours of actual play.
2006 WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold commented that players were paid for participating, though they had to put much more money at risk to get to play the game. Gold spoke about his interactions with other playe
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
Ihsan "Sam" Farha is a professional poker player. He is best known for finishing as runner up in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, he has won three bracelets at the WSOP in his career. Farha moved to the United States. After settling in Wichita, Kansas, in 1977, he attended the University of Kansas, he graduated with a degree in business administration and moved to Houston, Texas, to work with his brother. Farha first played a game of poker a year after moving to Houston, won several thousand dollars, he quit his job in 1990 to focus on playing poker full-time. Farha's biggest tournament finish was in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he finished second to Chris Moneymaker for $1,300,000. On the second day of play, Farha lost a major pot to Barry Greenstein leaving him with only 10% of the average stack, he was considering leaving at this point and was talked into staying in the tournament by Greenstein. He lost the final hand to Moneymaker when he went all-in with a pair of jacks on the flop, only to be called by Moneymaker who had flopped bottom two pair, which held after the final river card was dealt.
In a rematch between Farha and Moneymaker a few months organized by PokerStars, Farha won. They played against each other again in a special "grudge match" during 2011 World Series of Poker, won by Moneymaker in best-of-three format. Farha finished in the money in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, as well as the 2010 WSOP main event. Farha, after winning the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2006, skipped playing the event the next three years, he played it again in 2010. He went on to win his third career bracelet in the tournament, so while not winning the event consecutively, Farha did win the bracelet both times he played in the event. In 2012, Farha finished 11th in the 2012 World Series of Poker $10,000 Omaha event, for $43,076. All of Farha's WSOP bracelets have come in Omaha events. Farha has finished in the money in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, once for $75,000 and the other time for $125,000, he has three cashes in World Poker Tour events, for a little over $100,000. Farha co-authored a book Farha on a detailed guide on Omaha poker strategy.
Farha intersperses basic strategies with his own personal strategies, so players can learn not only the game but the style of Farha himself. Farha is working on a book, tentatively titled Luck is Far More Than Enough, a reality TV poker series, a video game. Farha is a spokesman for Harrah's casino in Las Vegas. Farha has appeared on the GSN series High Stakes Poker, in seasons 1-4. Farha made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film Lucky You; as of 2017, his total winnings exceed $2,800,000 in live tournament poker, although he tends to play in high-stakes Omaha cash games. His eleven cashes at the WSOP account for $2,586,105 of those winnings. PokerPlayerProfiles.com profile
John Joseph Bonetti was an American professional poker player from Houston, Texas. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Bonetti began playing poker at the age of 54, won three bracelets at the World Series of Poker in the 1990s. Bonetti made several notable finishes in the No Limit Texas hold'em WSOP Main Event: 1987 23rd place - $10,000 1989 16th place - $12,500 1990 8th place - $33,400 1992 12th place - $10,100 1993 3rd place - $210,000 1996 3rd place - $341,250Bonetti finished on the television bubble, 7th place, of the World Poker Tour Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, winning $86,377. Between May 1987 and February 2003, Bonetti won more than 40 poker tournaments. On June 27, 2008, Bonetti died at the age of 80. Bonetti's total live tournament winnings were $4,188,332, his 32 cashes at the WSOP accounted for $1,743,993 of those winnings
Texas hold 'em
Texas hold'em is a variation of the card game of poker. Two cards, known as hole cards, are dealt face down to each player, five community cards are dealt face up in three stages; the stages consist of a series of three cards an additional single card, a final card. Each player seeks the best five card poker hand from any combination of the seven cards of the five community cards and their two hole cards. Players have betting options to check, raise, or fold. Rounds of betting take place before the flop is dealt and after each subsequent deal; the player who has the best hand and has not folded by the end of all betting rounds wins all of the money bet for the hand, known as the pot. Texas hold'em is the H game featured in HORSE and in HOSE. In Texas hold'em, as in all variants of poker, individuals compete for an amount of money or chips contributed by the players themselves; because the cards are dealt randomly and outside the control of the players, each player attempts to control the amount of money in the pot based either on the hand they are holding, or on their prediction as to what their opponents may be holding and how they might behave.
The game is divided into a series of hands. A hand may end at the showdown, in which case the remaining players compare their hands and the highest hand is awarded the pot; the other possibility for the conclusion of a hand occurs when all but one player have folded and have thereby abandoned any claim to the pot, in which case the pot is awarded to the player who has not folded. The objective of winning players is not to win every individual hand, but rather to make mathematically and psychologically better decisions regarding when and how much to bet, call—or fold. By making such decisions to place influential bets, one can non-verbally represent or suggest holding or not-holding a certain or possible hand by either betting or not-betting pre-flop, by venturing smaller or larger bets or raises at more advantageous times, throughout the stages of the hand being dealt. One's pattern of betting may encourage opponents to bet or to fold, without verbalizing a discouraging or dishonest word; the winning poker players know how to enhance their opponents' betting and maximize their own expected gain on each round of betting, to thereby increase their long-term winnings.
Although little is known about the invention of Texas hold'em, the Texas Legislature recognizes Robstown, Texas, as the game's birthplace, dating it to the early 1900s. After the game spread throughout Texas, hold'em was introduced to Las Vegas in 1963 at the California Club by Corky McCorquodale; the game became popular and spread to the Golden Nugget and Dunes. In 1967, a group of Texan gamblers and card players, including Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim were playing in Las Vegas; this is. Addington said the first time he saw the game was in 1959. "They didn't call it Texas hold'em at the time, they just called it hold'em.… I thought that if it were to catch on, it would become the game. Draw poker, you bet only twice; that meant. This was more of a thinking man's game."For several years the Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Las Vegas was the only casino in Las Vegas to offer the game. At that time, the Golden Nugget's poker room was "truly a'sawdust joint,' with…oiled sawdust covering the floors."
Because of its location and decor, this poker room did not receive many rich drop-in clients, as a result, professional players sought a more prominent location. In 1969, the Las Vegas professionals were invited to play Texas hold'em at the entrance of the now-demolished Dunes Casino on the Las Vegas Strip; this prominent location, the relative inexperience of poker players with Texas hold'em, resulted in a remunerative game for professional players. After a failed attempt to establish a "Gambling Fraternity Convention", Tom Moore added the first poker tournament to the Second Annual Gambling Fraternity Convention held in 1969; this tournament featured. In 1970, Benny and Jack Binion acquired the rights to this convention, renamed it the World Series of Poker, moved it to their casino, Binion's Horseshoe, in Las Vegas. After its first year, a journalist, Tom Thackrey, suggested that the main event of this tournament should be no-limit Texas hold'em; the Binions agreed and since no-limit Texas hold'em has been played as the main event.
Interest in the main event continued to grow over the next two decades. After receiving only eight entrants in 1972, the numbers grew to over one hundred entrants in 1982, over two hundred in 1991. During this time, B & G Publishing Co. Inc. published Doyle Brunson's revolutionary poker strategy guide, Super/System. Despite being self-published and priced at $100 in 1978, the book revolutionized the way poker was played, it was one of the first books to discuss Texas hold'em, is today cited as one of the most important books on this game. In 1983, Al Alvarez published The Biggest Game in Town, a book detailing a 1981 World Series of Poker event; the first book of its kind, it described the world of professional poker players and the World Series of Poker. Alvarez's book is credited with begin