Profiles of professional poker players including World Series of Poker champions, famous cash game names as well as less known but still successful online poker
players. Includes news stories on each player and their online high stakes poker
results if available.
24-year-old CardRunners instructor from New York, USA
Online poker phenomenon, Brian Hastings, has enjoyed lucrative success at the online poker rooms since making his first deposit in 2005. Team CardRunners joined Full Tilt Poker in March of 2008, where the young poker instructor earned more than $3 million by March 15, 2010 – an impressive two-year salary.
31-year-old CardRunners instructor from California, USA
Brian Townsend has experienced great success – and a couple of controversies – since he began playing poker professionally in September of 2006. One of the head instructors at poker coaching site CardRunners, Brian Townsend frequents $200/$400 No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha online ring games.
25-year-old math wizard from Washington DC, USA
Cole South has become one of the most dedicated and consistent high stakes, online poker players in the world. Cole's tremendous success has enabled the CardRunners instructor to take three years off from college to travel the world, before returning to Georgetown to major in economics.
39-year-old Full Tilt Poker star from Copenhagen, Denmark
With a frightfully loose and aggressive playing style that comes off as impetuously erratic and haphazard, Gus Hansen insists there is method to his madness. $7,205,743 in live tournament earnings between June 2002 and January 2010 - in 25 cashes with 8 first place finishes – suggest that there may be some validity to Hansen's “play the players, not the cards,” approach to poker.
30-year-old Omaha expert from Helsinki, Finland
The Finnish professional poker player, Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies, has become widely known for his aggressive and erratic playing style. One of the toughest Pot Limit Omaha players around, when he maintains his composure, a series of losses to any single opponent – history has shown – can send Sahamies into tilts of legendary proportions. When 'Ziigmund' logs into Full Tilt Poker, railbirds flock to his tables, assured that there will be a good show no matter how the hands play out.
Tournament prodigy from Florida
Gaining international attention when he won the 2008 EPT No Limit Hold'em Championship in San Remo, Jason Mercier went on a year long heater that has only cooled slightly in the years that followed. With over $5M in live tournament cashes between April 2008 and January 2011, Jason Mercier has turned an enviable profit in his first few years as a professional poker player.
45-year-old outspoken triple bracelet winner from Nevada, USA
As notorious for his brash tongue as his aggressive playing style, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow has earned a reputation for verbally leading opponents in or out of the pot as he sees fit. Widely considered a specialist at Omaha Hi/Lo, the three-time WSOP bracelet winner has also proven himself masterful at No Limit Hold'em. With 59 cashes, 6 first place finishes, and over $6 million in live tournament winnings since 1997, Mike Matusow's greatest strength in poker appears to be his ability to read his opponents.
32-year-old Finnish superstar from Vantaa, Finland
His imperturbable demeanor and formidable game play have earned Patrik Antonius the utmost respect among his piers. Numbered among the greatest cash game players in the field, Patrik is assiduous in his efforts to continuously adapt and refine his poker strategy. One of the Finnish poker pro's most impressive attributes is his ability to maintain his composure, even in the face of a bad beat.
28-year-old prodigious high stakes grinder from New York, USA
Playing under the moniker OMGClayAiken at Full Tilt Poker, Phil Galfond steadily climbed his way up to the nosebleed stakes, earning over $8 million at Full Tilt between January 2007 and January 2010. In 2008, Galfond proved to be an adept live tournament player as well, with a World Series of Poker win that resulted in $800k and what is likely to be the first of more WSOP bracelets.
37-year-old all-round expert from Las Vegas, USA
Intensely silent as he launches his fiercely challenging glare on every opponent who dares to contest his bid for the pot - a gaze that can drive all but the most disciplined of players to question every decision that led to this excruciating moment - 8-time WSOP bracelet winner and constant contender for the top position on the career tournament winnings list, Phil Ivey, may well be the most confidently intimidating and nerve-wracking professional poker player one could ever face-off against at the felt.
41-year-old Omaha high roller from London, United Kingdom
Frequenting the high stakes Pot Limit Omaha games at Full Tilt Poker, UK poker pro Richard Ashby has preferred to maintain a low profile. Playing under the moniker 'CHUFTY', Ashby was offered Red Pro status at Full Tilt Poker in August of 2008, when his online profits for that year peaked at $2.75 million in July. One year later, playing under his real name, Richard Ashby made poker news headlines as the biggest winner of July 2009, with $1.8 million in online poker winnings for the month.
Online rising star from Maryland
Known to PokerStars high stakes players and fans as "urnotindangr", and Full Tilt Poker railbirds and nosebleed patron as "URnotINdanger2" (a twist on Di Dang's screen name, "Urindanger"), Scott Palmer has been shaking things up at the highest limits available in online poker. Palmer's bankroll has incurred dramatic ups and downs since emerging on the scene as a high stakes contender in near-legendary heads up matches against such players as Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
26-year-old online sensation from New Jersey, USA
Online poker phenomenon Tom 'durrrr' Dwan made an exceptional career for himself at the virtual felt before making the transition to live poker. Dwan continues to spend a remarkable amount of time playing online poker, in addition to many live and televised poker events. Favoring the high and ultra-high stakes, Tom Dwan is perhaps best known for his Million Dollar Challenge.
21-year-old online phenomenon from Sweden
Emerging onto the Full Tilt Poker scene in September of 2009, the mysterious online poker player - then known only as "Isildur1" - lambasted the high stakes elite with his hyper-aggressive playing style. Forcing opponents to call or fold at every turn threw even the most disciplined players off their game.
38-year-old high stakes specialist from New York
36-year-old Full Tilt Poker pro from California
24-year-old poker queen from Norway
34-year-old card playing magician from California
43-year-old gambling legend from Antypata, Greece
23-year-old prolific poker coach from Minnesota, USA
32-year-old tournament phenomenon from France
57-year-old all-round cash game expert from Las Vegas
45-year-old Full Tilt legend from Los Angeles
67-year-old living legend from Massachusetts
23-year-old online prodigy from Maryland
30-year-old triple WSOP bracelet winner from California
38-year-old PokerStars icon from Toronto
28-year-old Team PokerStars pro
40-year-old high stakes legend from Nevada
Nosebleed limit specialist from California
43-year-old Team PokerStars veteran from St. Louis
28-year-old dangerman from Virginia, USA
30-year-old allround high roller from Sweden
36-year-old Team Full Tilt pro from California
57-year-old two-time WSOP bracelet winner from Las Vegas
44-year-old WSOP bracelet winner from Ontario
48-year-old 2004 WSOP Main Event winner from North Dakota
53-year-old millionaire extraordinaire from Quebec
29-year-old famed Full Tilt Poker regular from Virginia, USA
49-year-old Full Tilt Poker co-founder from Las Vegas
Finnish PLO expert from Poorvo, Finland
48-year-old female poker legend from Reno, Nevada
54-year-old former Hollywood actress from California
26-year-old MTT expert from Illinois
47-year-old Aussie WSOP Champion
36-year-old UB icon from San Francisco
41-year-old Team Full Tilt legend from California
43-year-old back-to-back WSOP Main event winner from Las Vegas
29-year-old steaming loudmouth from London, United Kingdom
32-year-old live tournament pro from California
32-year-old 2006 WSOP Main Event runner-up from Texas
48-year-old all-time bracelet winner from Wisconsin
40-year-old WSOP bracelet winner from Los Angeles
35-year-old UB Poker pro from Los Angeles
26-year-old high stakes grinder from Monaco
43-year-old triple WSOP bracelet winner from Las Vegas
Anonymous Omaha expert from Hillerød, Denmark
48-year-old cash game expert from Las Vegas
43-year-old high stakes cash game specialist from Las Vegas
35-year-old WPT title holder from California
45-year-old WPT title holder from New York