Famous Online Gamblers


Many of todays big-time poker giants got there start online, learning the ropes of the game and making the money needed for the nig tournament buy-ins. Some of these players even qualified for the major tournaments, like the World Series of Poker, by playing online. Some of those players were even sponsored by online gambling sites and had their buy-in costs covered by the site sponsoring them.


Chris Moneymaker turned the poker world upside down with his win at the 2003 World Series of Poker. The one-time accountant from Tennessee won the PokerStars World Series of Poker satellite tournament and then went on to win the World Series of Poker's main event. In many ways, his win was the beginning of the online poker revolution. Chris first had to win a $39 World Series of Poker satellite touranment, to advance to a larger satellite match. Chris then defeated a field of 60 players to win the $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker's main event, the No Limits Texas Hold 'em Tournament.


Greg Raymer became the 2004 World Series of Poker champion after competing in the 2001 event and placing 12th in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament, and the 2002 tournament where he placed 80th in the main event. Called "Fossilman" for his trademark fossils he uses as card protectors, his other trademark are the holographic glasses he wears to the tournaments. What started out as a joke during a big hand in the 2002 World Series of Poker has become his trademark. Greg has gone from being an attorney to become one of poker's biggest ambassadors.


The 2005 World Series of Poker finished after a marathon final round, the winner taking the runner up out in the sixth hand of one on one play. The 2005 World Series of Poker winner that day was Joseph Hachem. Joe Hachem began his career in poker after 13 years as a chiropractor in Australia. Born in Lebanon, Hachem left a lucrative chiropractic practice to pursue becoming a professional poker player.


David Williams, the 26 year old Texan broke into the poker spotlight with his memorable runner-up finish in the 2004 World Series of Poker. Since then, David has become the leader and spokesman for a major online gambling site. David beat out a field of 478 players to win the top prize in the 10th Event at the World Series of Poker in 2006, the Seven Card Stud tournament, earning himself $163,118 in the process.


Johnny Chan is one of the giants of poker. Known as the "Great Wall of China" and "The Orient Express", Johnny made his name in poker by winning two consecutive World Series of Poker titles in 1987 and 1988. Inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002, Chan has become a mainstay at the tournaments. He placed second in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in 2005, coming back from having $20,000 in chips left out of $3,200,000.


Phil Hellmuth is ranked among the best of the best. Having won his 10th gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker tournament, Phil has never been better. He beat out 754 other players to take the No Limit Hold 'em Rebuy Tournament prize. Phil is known as "the Brat" because of his age and his attitude when he began to play and win tournaments. His style of play has won him both fame and disdain. Many players have commented on his lack of respect for the game and his skill at cards in general. Some have speculated, however, that his behavior is part of his image and largely purposeful.


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