Burton A. Boutin is a professional poker player from Henderson, Nevada who has won two World Series of Poker bracelets, he finished in second place at the 2006 Mandalay Bay Poker Championship winning $604,765. Boutin is known for acting a little hyper between hands. During the final table of the 2007 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, WSOP commentator Norman Chad referred to him as "Red Bull Burt". During the 2001 World Series of Poker $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event, Boutin won his first bracelet after he had defeated Dave Ulliott heads-up; when he won his second bracelet in 2007, Ulliott was again at the final table, this time finishing third. Burt can be found in Las Vegas playing a variety of poker games from 200NL to 2000NL as well as mixed games; as of 2009, Boutin's total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000. His 15 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,308,253 of those winnings. Boutin has three children
Tony Ma is an American professional poker player. Born Hieu Ngoc Ma, an ethnic Hoa, he moved to Southern California in 1985 and became a regular fixture on the poker circuit. At the 1996 World Series of Poker, he collected a bracelet and $236,000 for winning the $5,000 limit hold'em event, he won a second bracelet in 2000 for the $2,000 limit hold'em event. In 1999, Ma won Card Players' Player of the Year Award. Ma made the final table of the World Poker Tour Season 1 Pro-Celebrity Invitational Tournament, finishing in 5th place; as of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,100,000. His 22 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,157,987 of those winnings. Ma now resides in South El Monte with two children. World Poker Tour Profile Hendon Mob tournament results
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
John Anthony Cernuto known as Miami, is an American professional poker player based in Las Vegas, specialising in Omaha hi-lo events. Cernuto has won over $5,500,000 in live tournament winnings, his largest score was for $259,150 from his $2,000 No Limit Hold'em bracelet victory in the 1997 World Series of Poker. Before embarking on his poker career, Cernuto graduated Florida State University as a finance major. After graduating, he worked as an air traffic controller; when President Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers during a 1981 strike, he turned to poker for his profession. He first cashed in the World Series of Poker after making the final table in the 1989 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Seven-card stud event, he finished fourth in the final table, which featured David Sklansky, Humberto Brenes, Gabe Kaplan, the tournament winner Don Holt. Five WSOP cashes followed before Cernuto won his first bracelet in the 1996 WSOP $1,500 seven card stud split tournament, he won the $2,000 no limit hold'em event in the 1997 World Series of Poker and the $1,500 limit Omaha event in the 2002 World Series of Poker.
Cernuto made an impressive three final tables in the 2006 World Series of Poker, two in Seven Card Stud and one in Razz. During the $2,500 Razz tournament of the 2009 WSOP, Cernuto collapsed and was taken to a hospital, where he spent the night after being diagnosed with internal bleeding. At the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, Cernuto finished in 345th place for his best career placement in the World Championship; as of the 2016 World Series of Poker, Cernuto has cashed in at least one event at the World Series of Poker every year since 1992. His 65 cashes place him in the top 15 of the all time WSOP tournament cashes list. In 1988, Cernuto won the $1,000 Seven Card Stud event at Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker tournament series, earning a cash prize of $58,000 in addition to the title; the victory at the SBOP was Cernuto's first career victory in a major poker tournament. In 2003, he won the third World Heads-Up Poker Championship in Vienna, outlasting a field including fellow professionals Ivo Donev, Ram Vaswani, Dave Colclough, Scotty Nguyen, Padraig Parkinson on the way to the €60,000 grand prize.
Cernuto has made one World Poker Tour final table at the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure event won by John Gale. As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,500,000, his 65 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,715,840 of those winnings. Cernuto has made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour, making a final table in the Elimination Blackjack event where he played in a tournament format of the game of blackjack. Cernuto is married, he has a son, a poker player and a daughter, Deborah. Official site Pokulator 10 Questions Interview
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
Howard Henry Lederer is an American professional poker player. He holds two World Poker Tour titles. Lederer has contributed to several books on poker strategy and has provided commentary for poker programming, he is known by poker fans and players as "The Professor" and is the older brother of professional poker player Annie Duke. Lederer is a founder and board member of Tiltware, the company that launched Full Tilt Poker in 2004. In 2011, the Full Tilt Poker website was shut down by the United States Department of Justice on charges of bank fraud and illegal gambling. In December 2012, Lederer settled a civil lawsuit with the Department of Justice relating to Full Tilt Poker. Lederer was born in 1964 in Concord, New Hampshire and was introduced to card games at a young age by his family; as a child, Lederer's father taught him to play chess. As a teenager, Lederer developed an interest in playing the game competitively. Lederer's sister, Annie Duke, is a professional poker player, his father, Richard Lederer, is linguist and a former educator at St. Paul's School.
His other sister, Katy Lederer, is an author. Though overweight, Lederer was able to lose weight as a result of gastric bypass surgery. In an interview in 2006, Lederer stated. Lederer moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1993, where he lives with his wife and his son, Mattias. After graduating from high school, Lederer began playing chess in New York City before discovering and developing an interest in live poker games and becoming a member of the Mayfair Club. Though he attended Columbia University, Lederer decided to pursue a career in poker, it was during his time in New York City that Lederer began to mentor his sister, Annie Duke, playing poker in Billings, Montana at the time. Lederer was unsuccessful; the next year, he finished fifth in $10,000 no limit Hold'em. In 1993, Lederer moved to Las Vegas to focus on his poker career. Between 1993 and 1999, Lederer made eight final tables at WSOP events, before winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2000, in a $5,000 limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament. Lederer won his second WSOP bracelet in 2001 in a $5,000 no limit Deuce to Seven tournament.
Some of Lederer's other notable live poker wins in the early 2000s include World Poker Tour titles in 2002 and 2003, in addition to two first-place finishes at WPT events in 2004. In 2008, Lederer won more than $1 million Australian dollars at the Aussie Millions High-Roller event. Two years he won $250,000 and placed second in the WSOP's Tournament of Champions; as of 2013, Lederer's total live tournament winnings exceeded $6,500,000. His 44 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,587,702 of those winnings. Lederer is known as "The Professor", a nickname given to him by poker player and commentator Jesse May. According to Lederer, the nickname came "out of nowhere". More this nickname has been attributed to Lederer's strategic approach to poker as well as his instructional style. In addition to live poker tournaments, Lederer has been involved in a number of other poker related activities; as of 2011, Lederer had appeared on NBC's Poker After Dark, a late-night poker program, fourteen times. He provided commentary for poker programming, including the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, Learn from the Pros, as well as other Fox Sports Network poker programs.
He has released instructional videos on poker, contributed to several books on poker strategy, including The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide, hosted several poker fantasy camps in the mid-2000s. Additionally, from June 2006 to May 2011, Lederer was a member of the Poker Players Alliance's board of directors. Lederer was a founding member and onetime president of Tiltware LLC, the company that handled marketing and software development for Full Tilt Poker. Tiltware LLC launched Full Tilt Poker in 2004. Lederer served on the company's board of directors along with co-founders Rafe Furst, Chris Ferguson, Ray Bitar. Full Tilt Poker hosted online poker games and was a former sponsor of poker programming on ESPN and Poker After Dark, both in the United States and abroad. Following a United States Department of Justice-led investigation, based on suspicion of money laundering and gambling violations, Full Tilt Poker's website was closed to players in the United States on April 15, 2011; the company's license was suspended on June 30, 2011 and Full Tilt Poker stopped accepting international play.
In September 2011, along with two other members of the Full Tilt Poker board of directors, was named in an amended civil complaint filed by the Department of Justice, in which Full Tilt Poker was accused of defrauding poker players. The company's owners were accused of receiving around $443 million in player funds between 2007 and 2011. According to the Department of Justice, Lederer received $42 million in payments from Full Tilt Poker during that time period. In a statement issued by the Department of Justice, Full Tilt Poker was referred to as a Ponzi scheme, for paying out funds to Full Tilt Poker owners despite having insufficient funds to cover money owed to players. Full Tilt Poker denied the allegation. In 2012, a three-way settlement was reached between Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and the Department of Justice. Full Tilt Poker agreed to forfeit their assets to the Department of Justice and, on the same day, PokerStars agreed to acquire those assets from the Department of Justice; as part of the agreement, PokerStars paid $547 million to the Department of Justice in addition to $184 million to poker players outside the United States who
Steve Zolotow is an American businessman and professional poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker, he was one of the regulars at the famed Mayfair Club. Zolotow lived in New York City for many years before becoming a professional poker player and moving to Las Vegas, he worked as a businessman, owns several bars and restaurants in New York City. He discovered poker while living in New York and became a regular player at the Mayfair club along with now well-known poker professionals like Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington, Jay Heimowitz, Erik Seidel, among others. Zolotow has been on the poker circuit since 1988, when he finished in 5th place in that year's World Series of Poker $2500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. In the years to come, he would earn bracelets for winning the 1995 Chinese Poker tournament, for winning the 2001 $3000 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament Apart from his successes at the World Series, his biggest cash win to date came for a 4th place on the World Poker Tour's Season 2 PartyPoker.com Million Cruise, which saw him sharing a final table with Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu and eventual winner Erick Lindgren.
Zolotow won $259,684 from the tournament's prize pool. In 2008, Zolotow competed on NBC's Poker After Dark show which reunited six players from the Mayfair Club; the tournament included Zolotow and fellow professional poker players Howard Lederer, Mickey Appleman, Dan Harrington, Jay Heimowitz, former Mayfair club owner, Mike Shichtman. Zolotow finished in fourth place, Heimowitz won the tournament and winner-take-all prize of $120,000; as of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000. His 49 cashes at the WSOP account for over $1,100,000 of those winnings