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Former Boxing Champ Winky Wright Takes a Shot at Poker

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by mikewebb82

The World Series of Poker Main Event attracts all poker players with a dream, and celebrities who want to dip their toes in the proverbial poker waters. On Saturday former middleweight champion Winky Wright spoke to the media just before he busted out of Day 1b.

How long have you been playing poker?

Winky Wright

Winky Wright

Well, I’ve known how to play for a while, I just don’t play in tournaments. I’m friends with Phil Ivey and I’ve been watching him play, so I though I’d get in here and try my luck.

Is this your first WSOP tournament?

This is my first poker tournament. But I like it, there’s a lot of game going on.

Did you win a qualifier for this event?

No. I bought straight in.

What similarities do you see between boxing and poker?

No similarities. There’s no bluffing in boxing, either you got it or you don’t. In poker you can bluff, check-raise, there’s things you can’t do in boxing. Poker’s a lot easier on your body than boxing.

Can you tell me a little bit about your charity work?

I’m involved with the Winky Wright Foundation. We try to help educate our youth and community to learn how to live healthier lives. The urban community has a lot of people suffering from diabetes, so we’re trying to educate our kids how to eat right.

What other boxers do you think would make good poker players?

My man Antonio Carver is playing Day 1c, he’s a good poker player. It’s just that you can’t be scared. Phil (Ivey) told me one day when I first started watching him play “You can’t count the money, you just have to play your hand. The chips are what they are.” So I think anyone without fear would be a good poker player.

Should your opponents be scared of your jab if they beat you in a big pot?

They better be scared of my jab. (Laughing) No, I’m playing with some great poker players, I’m sitting right beside Doyle Brunson. It’s ridiculous.

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Top Poker Players You Want To Watch At the WSOP 09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by mikewebb82
Phillip J. Hellmuth AKA “Poker Brat”

Phillip J. Hellmuth AKA “Poker Brat”

Phillip J. Hellmuth, Jr. (born July 16, 1964) is an American professional poker player. He is best known for holding a record 11 World Series of Poker bracelets, for winning the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker and for his temperamental, “poker brat” personality. He is also a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event. Hellmuth also holds the records for most WSOP cashes (68) and most WSOP final tables (41), recently overtaking TJ Cloutier. At the Main Event of the 2008 World Series of Poker Hellmuth made a deep run finishing in 45th place out of a field of 6,844. He was the last former champion standing at the event when he was knocked out. Hellmuth took home $154,400.

Nike Name: Phillip J. Hellmuth AKA “Poker Brat
Home town: Palo Alto, California
Bracelet(s): 11

Phillip D. Ivey AKA “Tiger Woods of Poker”

Phillip D. Ivey AKA “Tiger Woods of Poker”

Phillip D. Ivey (born February 1, 1976) is an American professional poker player who has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and has a World Poker Tour title, making the final table there a record eight times.

In 2006, Ivey was enticed to London to participate in The London All Star Challenge of the inaugural European Poker Masters. Not only Europe’s first-ever independent poker tour, the EPM boasted the best lineup of players ever seen in Europe. As one of the favorites, Ivey made it to the final table to finish seventh, and collected £6,700 ($12,534). In November 2005, Ivey won the $1,000,000 first prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament. Just one day after, Ivey took home another $600,000 for finishing first at “The FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational Live from Monte Carlo”. His six opponents were (in reverse finishing order) Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Dave Ulliott, and John Juanda. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $10,000,000. $3,104,014 of his total winnings have come from cashes as the WSOP.

Nick Name: Phillip D. Ivey AKA “Tiger Woods of Poker
Home town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Bracelet(s) : 5

Daniel Negreanu AKA “Kid Poker”

Daniel Negreanu AKA “Kid Poker”

Daniel Negreanu (born July 26, 1974) is a Canadian professional poker player with four World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour Championship titles and won the poker Player of the Year award for 2004.

In 1997, he won two events at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, earning $55,064 as well as being named the tournament’s best all-around player. Negreanu followed this triumph by winning $169,460 at the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event in the 1998 World Series of Poker and becoming the youngest WSOP bracelet winner in history — a record he held until 2004. In June 2007 Negreanu signed with PokerStars, joining Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and many other professional poker players as a member of Team PokerStars. November 2008, Negreanu won the fourth-annual British Columbia Poker Championships main event, topping a field of 690 players (a personal high for Daniel), and earning $371,910 CAD ($299,951 USD).

Nick Name: Daniel Negreanu AKA “Kid  Poker
Home town: Toronto
Bracelet(s) : 4

Michael Matusow AKA “The Mouth”

Michael Matusow AKA “The Mouth”

Michael Matusow (born April 30, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional poker player, residing in Henderson, Nevada. Matusow’s nickname of “The Mouth” reflects his reputation for trash-talking at the poker table. He is also known for sometimes ruining hours or days of good play with a single spectacular misjudgment, (known as a “Mike Matusow Blow-up” or “Mike Matusow Meltdown”). Matusow began playing poker seriously in the early 1990s, first while working as a poker dealer, then as a professional player. His successes include being a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and the winner of the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. He has played in many tournaments around the world and his winnings (as of 2008) total over $6,800,000.

At the 1998 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Matusow paid half of Scotty Nguyen’s entrance fee into a satellite event for the $10,000 no limit Texas hold ’em main event. Nguyen went on to win, and gave $333,333 to Matusow in return for his partial stake. In 2001, he finished 6th place in the WSOP $10,000 no limit Hold ’em main event. Matusow says that the decisive hand was when he was bluffed by eventual champion Juan Carlos Mortensen, but did not trust his instincts to call. At the 2004 WSOP main event, Matusow was a focal point of ESPN’s coverage, as he verbally attacked eventual champion Greg Raymer. In the 2005 WSOP, Matusow finished 9th out of 5,619 players in the main event, winning $1,000,000. Several months later, he won the WSOP Tournament of Champions in a heads-up battle against Hoyt Corkins, earning another $1,000,000 in the process, making him the first player to win two million dollar prizes in the same year. He also placed third in the Tournament of Champions the following year, winning $250,000. At the 2008 WSOP, Matusow won a third bracelet in the $5000 No Limit 2-7 Draw with rebuys event defeating Jeff Lisandro heads up for the $537,862 first prize.

Nick Name: Michael Matusow AKA “The Mouth
Home town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Bracelet(s) : 4

Gustav Hansen AKA “The Great Dane”

Gustav Hansen AKA “The Great Dane”

Gustav Hansen (born February 13, 1974 outside Copenhagen, Denmark) is a professional Danish poker player who lives in Monaco. In his poker career Hansen has won a record three World Poker Tour open titles, the 2007 Aussie Millions main event and was the season one winner of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. Before turning to playing poker professionally in 1997, Hansen was a world class backgammon player and a youth tennis champion.

Hansen started playing poker at the Ocean View Card Room in Santa Cruz, California while he was an exchange student at UC Santa Cruz in 1993. He is notorious for his extremely loose, aggressive play. He has a reputation for raising or bluffing with almost any two cards, which leads to opponents calling (or raising) his bets when he has a legitimate hand. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,200,000. Hansen finished in the money in 150th place in the 2004 Main Event. In the 2006 Tournament of Champions, Gus made a World Series of Poker final table, but lost on the very first hand with Ace King against a pair of 9s. In 2007 Hansen cashed in the money in the $10,000 no limit Texas hold ’em championship, coming in 61st place out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $154,194. In 2008 he came in 160th place out of a field of 6,844 players to win a prize of $41,816.

Nick Name: Gustav Hansen AKA “The Great Dane
Home town: Copenhagen, Denmark
Bracelet(s) : 0 

Doyle F. Brunson AKA “Texas Dolly”

Doyle F. Brunson AKA “Texas Dolly”

Doyle F. Brunson (born August 10, 1933) is an iconic American professional poker player who has played professionally for over 50 years. He is the first two-time World Series of Poker main event champion to win consecutively, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and the author of several highly influential books on poker.

Brunson is the first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments and has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets throughout his career, tied with Johnny Chan for second all-time, one behind Phil Hellmuth’s eleven. He is also one of only four players to have won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker multiple times, which he did in 1976 and 1977. In addition, he is the first of five players to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title. In January 2006, Bluff Magazine voted Brunson the #1 most influential force in the world of poker
Brunson continues to play in the biggest poker games in the world, including a $4000/$8000 limit mixed poker game in “Bobby’s Room” at the Bellagio. He also plays in many of the biggest poker tournaments around the world. He won his ninth gold bracelet in a mixed games event in 2003, and in 2004 he finished 53rd (in a field of 2,576) in the No Limit Texas hold ’em Championship event. He won the Legends of Poker World Poker Tour event in 2004 (garnering him a $1.1 million prize) and finished fourth in the WPT’s first championship event. Early in the morning on July 1, 2005, less than a week after Chan had won his 10th gold bracelet – setting a new record – Brunson tied the record at the 2005 WSOP. He is currently one bracelet behind Phil Hellmuth, who earned his 11th bracelet at the WSOP on June 11, 2007.

Nick Name: Doyle F. Brunson AKA “Texas Dolly
Home town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Bracelet(s) : 10

Gregory Raymer AKA “Fossilman”

Gregory Raymer AKA “Fossilman”

Gregory Raymer (born June 25, 1964 in Minot, North Dakota), nicknamed “Fossilman”, is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, and for the opaque holographic sunglasses that he sometimes wears during hands.

In 2005 Raymer also entered the inaugural British Poker Open which was filmed in London and was the UK’s biggest live poker event in history. As a firm favorite Raymer made the final table to come third in a live final and collect around £20,000. In March 2006, Raymer (as “Fossilman”) took second place in the first quarterly $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament on PokerStars, winning over $180,000 in a field of over 1500 tournament players. On September 17th, 2007, Raymer won the $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys Event on PokerStars, winning $168,362. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,000,000. The majority of that figure, $5,712,585, have come from his 12 cashes at the WSOP.

Nick Name: Gregory Raymer AKA “Fossilman
Home town: Raleigh, North Carolina
Bracelet(s) : 1

Scotty Nguyen  AKA “The Train” / “The Prince of Poker”

Scotty Nguyen AKA “The Train” / “The Prince of Poker”

Thuan “Scotty” Nguyen (born October 28, 1962 in Nha Trang, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese American professional poker player who is a five time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. This win also made him the first and currently only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. events. He also stated that the only type of World Series of Poker event he has yet to win is 2-7 lowball. Nguyen is one of the most active players in professional poker today, and from 2000 to 2004 he finished in the money in more than 100 events.

Scotty nearly made the final table of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 11th place out of a field of 6,358 and earning $476,926. At the 2008 $50,000 World Series of Poker H.O.R.S.E. event, Nguyen exhibited what many have considered objectionable and even rule-breaking behavior. In 2009, Nguyen won the inaugural LA Poker Classic $10,000 H.O.R.S.E World Championship at the Commerce Casino’s annual LA Poker Classic Series. This 1st place finish earned him $339,743, and further cemented Nguyen’s reputation as one of the greatest masters of all variations of fixed limit poker. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $10,300,000. Of those winnings, $4,694,049 have come at the WSOP. Nguyen has also made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour playing Elimination Blackjack.

Nick Name: Scotty Nguyen  AKA “The Train” / “The Prince of Poker
Bracelet(s) : 5

Phil Laak AKA “The Unabomber”

Phil Laak AKA “The Unabomber”

Philip “Phil” Laak (pronounced “lock”; born September 8, 1972, in Dublin, Ireland) is a professional poker player, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Laak was the winner of a World Poker Tour (WPT) title in 2004 and has appeared on numerous nationally-aired television shows.

His first major tournament victory was at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Celebrity Invitational in February 2004. He has made two other WPT final tables since: sixth place in both the season two Battle of Champions and the 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic. At the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Laak finished second to Johnny Chan in the $2,500 pot limit hold ’em event. Laak defeated Ram Vaswani to win the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix, taking home the £150,000 first prize. At the 2007 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Laak and fellow professional player Ali Eslami competed against, and beat, Polaris, a poker playing computer program developed at the University of Alberta, in two of the four rounds with the remaining rounds being a loss and a draw. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,750,000. Laak has written a monthly column called “Being Phil Laak” in the poker-themed Bluff Magazine since late 2005. Laak co-hosted a show called “I Bet You” on the (MOJO network) with his friend Antonio Esfandiari where they can be found betting on any and all things. Laak also played in the 2009 Aussie Millions cash game Invitational.

Nick Name: Phil Laak AKA “The Unabomber
Home town: San Francisco, California