Kathleen H. Liebert is an American professional poker player. Liebert started her professional poker career as a prop player in Colorado, she would go on to enter tournaments and she won the first Party Poker Million event in 2002, the first limit poker tournament with a $1 million prize. She has made six World Poker Tour final tables, including a third-place finish in the 2005 Borgata Poker Open, making her the highest finishing woman on the WPT until a runner-up finish by J. J. Liu in the 2007 Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament. Liebert went on to tie the record at the 2009 Shooting Stars tournament, placing second to Steve Brecher in the longest final table in WPT history, her record was broken on March 5, 2008, when Van Nguyen became the first woman to win a televised WPT mixed event at the WPT Invitational in Commerce, California. At the 2004 World Series of Poker, Liebert won a gold bracelet in a $1,500 Limit Texas hold'em Shootout event, she was one of three women to win an open event in that year's WSOP.
Liebert appeared on and won the series 2005 Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes. After being eliminated from the World Speed Poker Open in London in September 2005, Kathy provided commentary on the final table alongside Gary Jones. On June 1, 2008, Liebert made the final table of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker and finished in 3rd place, earning $306,064; as of 2017, she has one World Series of Poker bracelet and her total live tournament winnings exceed $6,175,000. Liebert now resides in Las Vegas and Downey, California. Official site
Anthony Grant Bloom is a football club chairman and professional poker player. Bloom has been a sports property investor, nicknamed The Lizard. Bloom appeared in the Late Night Poker television series and has a final table appearance on the World Poker Tour, he made back-to-back final table appearances in the first two Poker Million events. His first major win came in January 2004 when he won the Australasian Poker Championship in Melbourne, collecting a first prize of around A$420,000. Bloom won the £5,000 No Limit Hold'em VC Poker Cup Final in London on 5 August 2005 and won the £200,000 first prize, he had a fourth-place finish in the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. He was a member of the winning British team in the Poker Nations Cup; as of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,500,000. Bloom won A$600,000 for his second-place finish in the High Rollers Challenge, event 8 of the Australian Poker Millions tournament held in Melbourne in Jan 2009. Bloom fell short of the million pound grand prize in the Poker Million IX event held in London on 10 December 2010.
He finished second behind Gus Hansen. Since 2009, Bloom has been the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, who are a Premier League club, having gained promotion in the 2016–17 season after 34 years out of the top flight of English football, he succeeded Dick Knight after securing a 75% shareholding in the club and investing £93 million in the development of the club's new ground, the American Express Community Stadium at Falmer. Since the stadium has been built, it has received numerous extensions in spectator capacity and has received funding to ensure that it is "Premier League ready" by installing floodlights, amongst other minor features. Upon taking over the club, Bloom declared his love of the game, "I've been a football fan and a gambler since the age of about seven or eight. My interest in both developed at the same time." Bloom is a longtime fan of Brighton and his family has had a long association with the club: his uncle Ray is a director and his grandfather, was vice-chairman during the 1970s.
On becoming chairman, Bloom appointed former Uruguay international Gus Poyet as manager, together they led the team to promotion from Football League One as champions in 2011, the season before Brighton moved into their new home - the Falmer Stadium. Poyet left the club in 2013 after losing in a play-off semi-final to Crystal Palace. In June 2013, Bloom appointed Óscar García as the new head coach of the club; the next manager was former Liverpool player Sami Hyypiä, who only lasted a few months in the managerial role after a poor start to the 2014–15 season left Brighton in the relegation zone. Chris Hughton became manager towards the end of 2014, the club have been successful since. Hughton steered Albion to safety in their 2014–15 campaign, guided the club to an impressive third-place position in the Championship in the following season, narrowly missing out on promotion to Middlesbrough on goal difference; the club would again taste defeat in a play-off semi final, for the third time in four years - this time to Sheffield Wednesday.
Brighton went one step further in the 2016–17 season under Hughton's guidance and Bloom's ownership, finishing second in the Championship and gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history. Bloom backed Hughton in the following transfer window, breaking several record transfer fees to improve the squad, ready for Brighton's first Premier League season. In 2018, Bloom completed the takeover of Belgian second division club Union SG. Bloom is Jewish, has contributed to the development of a synagogue project in Hove, he stepped in with the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation suffering financial problems, the funding for the development will come from his Bloom Foundation, of which he is the chairman. Hendon Mob tournament results World Poker Tour Profile Jewish Chronicle feature
Tiffany Williamson is an American corporate lawyer who qualified for the 2005 World Series of Poker in the Gutshot Poker Club. She went on to finish in 15th place, earning $400,000, after having spent just one year learning the game; the finish was the highest by a female in the WSOP Main Event since Annie Duke's 10th-place finish in 2000. Williamson received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1992 and a master's degree from the University of South Carolina in 1996, she received her juris doctor from Columbia Law School in New York City in 1999 and went on to work for Davis Polk & Wardwell, a New York law firm. After working there for two years, Tiffany moved to their London, England office in 2001. Tiffany has attended National Chengchi University in Taipei and University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2005, Williamson appeared on the celebrity poker chat show Heads Up with Richard Herring to discuss her love for the game.
That same year, she was ranked 99th on the 2005 Money List and 10th on the Women's "All-Time" Money List. She was universally ridiculed for her play, despite her eventual result, her win made her the 15th-highest money finisher for a female in the United Kingdom. As of 2008, her total live tournament winnings exceed $490,000. A Dream Come True Tiffany Williamson profile
Robert Varkonyi is an American poker player, best known for winning the Main Event of the 2002 World Series of Poker. Varkonyi was born in and raised in NYC, he first started playing poker as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his graduation in 1983, he was an investment banker in Brooklyn, New York for a number of years before beginning to play tournament poker. Varkonyi is most well known for winning the 2002 World Series of Poker Main Event, taking the $2 million prize. In the final hand, Varkonyi's Q♦ 10♠ defeated Julian Gardner's J♣ 8♣ on a board of Q♣ 4♣ 4♠ 10♦ 10♣, resulting in Varkonyi's full house defeating Gardner's flush. In the WSOP Main Event the following year, Varkonyi was at the televised feature table, playing in defense of his championship. Two-time world champion Doyle Brunson was featured at the table for a while. In the broadcast, 1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen was at the feature table and they played several hands together. In the 2003 World Series of Poker, Varkonyi's chance of a repeat championship was dashed when his K♥ K♦ met Nguyen's A♦ A♠.
He cashed in the main event in 2007, finishing in 177th place in a field of over six thousand players, winning $51,398. In the 2009 WSOP, Varkonyi competed with 19 other former WSOP main event world champions in the first Champions Invitational tournament, he finished the tournament in second place, being defeated in heads-up play by 1983 world champion Tom McEvoy. At the 2011 WSOP, Varkonyi cashed in the Main Event for the third time in his poker career, he finished in 514th place in a field of 6,865 players, earning $23,876. As of 2011, Varkonyi's lifetime live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000, his three cashes at the WSOP total $2,075,274. Varkonyi resides in Great Neck, New York, with his wife Olga, who plays poker, two daughters, he named his first daughter Victoria after his World Series win. His second daughter is named Valerie. Olga made an appearance at the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, finishing in the money in 238th place. Interview Hendon Mob tournament results
Jennifer C. Harman is an American professional poker player, she has won two World Series of Poker bracelets in open events, one of only three women to have done so. Harman won her first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 at the No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Event, she had never played that game prior to the event, but received a five-minute tutoring session from Howard Lederer before playing. She won her second WSOP bracelet in 2002 at the $5K Limit Texas hold'em event, she was the first woman to hold two bracelets in WSOP open events, joined by Vanessa Selbst in 2012 and Loni Harwood in 2015. In 2004, Harman took a year away from poker to have her second kidney transplant. Problems with her kidneys – shared by her sister and mother, who died from the same illness when Harman was 17 – had plagued her since her childhood. Since her return to the poker tournament circuit, Harman has finished 4th at the World Poker Tour Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 5th in the inaugural Professional Poker Tour event, 2nd in the WSOP Circuit Championship Event at the Rio.
Harman authored the limit hold'em chapter for Super System II. Harman is the only woman, a regular player in the "Big Game" at Bobby's Room, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio, she was an active participant in "The Corporation", a group of high-stakes poker players who played Andy Beal for limits of up to $100,000/$200,000. Harman has appeared on the GSN series High Stakes Poker and on the NBC series Poker After Dark, where she won Week 8's tournament. In 2007, Harman finished as runner-up in the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe, where she lost in the HORSE event to Thomas Bihl. Harman was a member of "Team Full Tilt" at Full Tilt Poker; as of 2016, her total live tournament winnings exceed $2,700,000. $1,022,174 of her total winnings have come from cashes at the WSOP. Although Harman has had success in tournament poker, most of her wealth and prestige has come from playing in high stakes cash games. Harman starred in the American reality television series Sin City Rules on TLC, she appeared in the 2007 Warner Bros. film Lucky You.
In 2015, she was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. In 2004, Harman took a year off from poker to have her second kidney transplant, she founded Creating Organ Donation Awareness, a non-profit organization to raise money for the cause. Harman is a frequent charity poker tournament host. In March 2009, she organized a number of poker celebrities including ESPN analyst Lon McEachern and Howard Lederer in a two-day event that raised $111,000 for the National Kidney Foundation with the help of Curtis and Co Watches and Dream Team Poker. Harman is an active fundraiser for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through live tournaments and online tournaments at Full Tilt. In April 2009, she hosted the 3rd annual Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament at the Venetian poker room in Las Vegas; the tournament has raised over half a million dollars and, in the past, has featured prizes such as a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event, dinner with Jennifer and Pete Rose.
Harman was married to stylist Marco Traniello. They have twin boys. Traniello and Harman have since divorced. PokerListings.com Player Profile
Christopher Philip Ferguson is an American professional poker player. He has won six World Series of Poker events, including the 2000 WSOP Main Event, the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. On September 20, 2011, the U. S. Justice Department filed a motion to amend a civil complaint, complaining that Ferguson and three other directors of the poker website Full Tilt Poker were running a Ponzi scheme that paid out $444 million of customer money to themselves and the firm's owners. Ferguson was born in California. Both Ferguson's parents have doctoral degrees in mathematics and his father, Thomas Ferguson, teaches game theory and theoretical probability at UCLA. Ferguson attended UCLA, where he earned a Ph. D. in computer science in 1999 after five years as an undergraduate and 13 years as a graduate student. His Ph. D. advisor was Leonard Kleinrock. While at UCLA Ferguson appeared on the Ricky Jay Television Special "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" as an assistant. Ferguson began playing poker at the age of 10.
In college, he honed his skill on IRC poker playing online for play money in chat rooms. In 1994, he began playing in tournaments in California and in 1995, he entered his first World Series of Poker, he is a quiet player who adopts a characteristic motionless pose to avoid providing information to his opponents. He adopted his trademark wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses consciously, to point towards a table image that does not display outright the fact that he was a college student. Ferguson is beard, his style is mathematical, using a strong knowledge of game theory and developing computer simulations to improve his understanding of the game. In the 2000 WSOP Ferguson won his first bracelet in the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud event for $151,000, he followed this up by defeating T. J. Cloutier heads-up at the Main Event to win the $1.5 million prize. In 2004, he earned $120,000 in the Main Event for his 26th-place finish. Ferguson finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth in the 2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
He made the finals again in 2006, but again finished second, this time to Ted Forrest. In 2008, he made the finals for the third time, this time defeating Andy Bloch and winning the title. At the 2017 WSOP, Ferguson set a record with 23 cashes, he won his sixth bracelet, first in 14 years, at the WSOP Europe in the €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event. With these results Ferguson won the WSOP Player of the Year award; as of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,900,000. His 90 WSOP cashes account for over $6,000,000 of those winnings. In addition to his six bracelets, Ferguson was the first player to have won three World Series of Poker Circuit rings. In 2004, Ferguson was one of the founders of the online poker site Full Tilt Poker. On September 20, 2011, the United States Department of Justice amended an existing civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker, an online poker company of which Chris Ferguson was a director; the amended complaint alleged that Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Rafe Furst "lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited.”
A lawyer for Ferguson denied the allegations, suggesting that the issues may have been the result of mismanagement not malice. The case was dismissed February 19, 2013 yielding insofar that money be paid out by Ferguson and limitations placed on his website and the legality of online poker, his interests include his presidency of a swing dancing club at UCLA, as well as his ability to throw playing cards fast enough to cut through bananas and melons. His card throwing ability was showcased on a side cutaway, called "The Nuts", on the ESPN broadcast of the World Series of Poker
David E. Colclough was a Welsh professional poker player. Colclough was born in Carmarthen. Prior to becoming a poker professional, he worked as a computer programmer, he left computing after the 2000 World Series of Poker. His tournament results include a second at the 2000 World Series of Poker $2,000 pot limit hold'em event and a final table appearance at the World Poker Tour's third season Grand Prix de Paris event, where he won €84,890. In 2005, he reached the semi-finals of the World Heads-Up Poker Championship, earning €20,000. In 2003, he was voted European Poker Player of the Year. Colclough was inducted into the European Poker Players Hall of Fame during 2005, at the age of 41 was the youngest inductee at that time, his total live poker tournament winnings exceeded $2,600,000. He died on 18 October 2016 Official site Cardschat interview Gentleman's Club article