Thursday, May 28, 2009

Billy Baxter

Billy Baxter is one of those professional casino poker player. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Baxter started his gambling career like many others of his age by gambling in the pool halls. When he was 14 he discovered he had a talent for hustling pool games. At the age of 16 he had socked away several thousand dollars from playing pool, and it wasn't always just because he was better than his opponent. When he turned 18 he was old enough to head to the taverns, where he discovered his next big love - poker.

In 1970’s, Billy begun playing in Las Vegas, and, by 1975, he entered the World Series of Poker (WSOP). He won that year’s $5000 deuce-to-seven tournament, and, in 1978, again won that event.

Baxter is a very successful 63-year-old professional poker player. And now, a sports-betting expert and well-known high-stakes poker player who has seven World Series of Poker bracelets to his credit, trailing only Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Hellmuth in that category. Many recognized him as the guy who staked Stu Ungar when he captured his third world championship in 1997.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

My Poker Professor.

Howard Lederer was born in 1964 in Concord, New Hampshire. Howard Lederer's family is a professional player. Howard spent much of his childhood on the family room floor engrossed in card games.

His sister is Annie Duke, also a porfessional poker player. Their father is Richard Lederer, a well known American linguist.

After high school he moved to New York to attend Colombia University and pursue chess. While there Howard Lederer discovered the many underground gambling rooms where one could play games such as backgammon, chess, bridge, gin rummy, and poker. Before long, Lederer had given up playing chess to pursue his new love, poker. He did not do well for the first few years, consistently losing until he had to run errands for the other players just to make enough money for his nightly buy-ins. At one point he was putting in 70 to 80 hours a week playing poker. Like so many other pros, he eventually dropped out of college to play poker.

Howard is a calm and outgoing person. When playing he is very self-confident, quiet and unfaltering. He was called "The Professor", because of his demeanor, analytical style and long history of wins.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stuart Ungal . The Kid

Stuart Errol Ungar, aka Stu Ungar. A professional poker player who was born on September 8, 1953, in New York City. He is also a grin rummy player. He lived in Manhattan’s Lower East Side with his Jewish parents.

At an early age of 10 he had won the first grin rummy tournament . At the age of 14 he began to play poker ( as a professional poker player). He became the youngest WSoP champion and was quickly nicknamed “The Kid.” By the age of 25, he had two World Series of Poker championships. Stu made a mark in poker too by winning the World Series of Poker (WSOP) a record three times.

Stu never cared about the money. It is better to loose the money for him than to waste. He only need money for his gambling including horses, races, poker and other sports betting.

"Easy to earn , Easy to burn. " this is the way Stu thought about it.


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