Many poker characters have gone on to become legends of the game.
Doyle Brunson (AKA – Texas Dolly)
Brunson is one of the poker players in the biggest winners category. Respected by all, he is considered a legend. He is the first to earn a million dollars in a poker tournament. In 2005, he became the most successful WSOP player by winning his tenth bracelet. In addition, he wrote a book, Super System, and Super System 2, seen to be the bible of poker that has influenced the way several generations of players approach the game.
Stu Ungar (Alias – The Kid)
At 14, Stu Ungar was playing and regularly beating the best players in New York. A perfect style of play that countered the tight and passive play of his opponents and an innate sense of the cards have undoubtedly made him the best player of all time. Winnings at the poker tables were estimated at $30 million. November 22, 1998, at the age of 45, Stu Ungar was found dead in his hotel room, alone and broke.
Johnny Moss (AKA – The Grand Old Man)
He began his playing career by learning the various techniques of cheating. He was engaged in casinos to identify cheaters. He was the manager of the poker room of the casino “The Dunes”. While watching parties, he learned to play poker. Very soon the passion of poker reached a climax. He won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker in 1971, 1972 and 1974. Having participated in the WSOP from 1970 to 1995, he won eight bracelets and $680,000 in prize money.
Benny Binion (Alias – The Cowboy)
Founder of the World Series of Poker, Binion revolutionized the game and played a big role in making it popular among the masses. His pioneering vision propelled Las Vegas to the status of world class gaming. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of the city.
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