World Series of Poker 2004 Champion


If you are a professional poker player looking across the table at your opponent only to be peered at through opaque, holographic glasses, you might just be sitting across the table from World Series of Poker 2004 Champion, Greg Raymer.  Nicknamed “Fossilman”, Greg Raymer’s talent for the game combined with a jovial personality has earned Raymer fans across the globe. 

A patent lawyer for a pharmaceutical company, Raymer began playing poker at Foxwoods Resort Casino in 1999.  It wasn’t until 2001 when he really became recognizable, when he finished in the money in the Omaha hi-lo split 8 or better event.  The following year, he finished respectably in the 2002 World Series of Poker.  Little did anyone know that, two years later, Greg Raymer would be named World Series of Poker 2004 Champion. 

For Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, 2004 was his year to shine.  Defeating David Williams at the final table, Raymer pocketed five million dollars.  Like his 2003 champ Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer also got his big break from PokerStars. He won a $160 satellite tournament that earned him entry into the WSOP where he was named World Series of Poker 2004 Champion.

The final hand of the 2004 World Series of poker ended with Raymer defeating David Williams A 4 with an 8 8 of his own.  Now, Raymer is a representative for PokerStars just like Moneymaker and the 2005 champion Joseph Hachem. 

After Raymer earned the title of 2004 World Series of Poker champion, there were some people that claimed it was sheer luck.  A lot of criticism was made toward Raymer’s skills and abilities.  In 2005, he proved he deserved to be respected as a great poker player when he placed 25th out of 5,619 entrants, pocketing over three hundred thousand dollars. 

In 2006, PokerStars launched their first quarterly $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament.  Raymer claimed the second place win earning $180,000 as he won out over 1500 tournament players.  Time and again, he reminds us why he earned the title of 2004 World Series of Poker champion. 

If you aren’t a big fan of poker, you might be curious why he earned the nickname “Fossilman”.  A fossil collector, Raymer uses a small fossil to protect his cards while playing poker. 

When he is not playing in the WSOP, Raymer rarely enters other tournaments.  He is a self-proclaimed family man, not allowing himself to live a life on the poker circuit.  Instead, he spends lots of time with the two special women in his life… his wife Cheryl and his daughter Sophie. 

Today, if you hear a professional poker player talking about the World Series of Poker 2004 Champion, you will hear people speaking very highly of the man not just for his intelligence, skill, and talent for the game of poker.  He is also described as having a wonderful personality, a great attitude, and a genuine devotion to his family. 

The World Series of Poker 2004 champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer has secured his place in poker history as one of the true greats… a poker force to be reckoned with.  The fact that he manages to fare so well in the big-money tournaments while leading a life that isn’t centered only on poker has brought him much admiration and respect.

Now, Raymer resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.  Although he doesn’t enter a multitude of tournaments, he makes his mark when he does enter.  We can only predict that we will see more great things from the World Series of Poker 2004 champion in the future.  Raymer fans can’t get enough of the quirky glasses, the jovial personality, and the raw talent of this poker great!


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