A force to be reckoned with at the No Limit cash tables, Prahlad Friedman has also proven himself a worthy tournament player, earning both a World Series of Poker bracelet and a World Poker Tour title. With a playing style that can shift from wildly loose to ultra tight without warning, Prahlad Friedman has made a respectable fortune by adapting to his opponents.
Taking an interest in poker after his father won $11,000 in a lowball tournament, Prahlad Friedman put all of his energy into learning how to play. Starting with Limit Hold'em, Prahlad read all of the books he could get his hands on, and was soon on his way to beating the cash tables in No Limit Hold'em.
In 2003, Prahlad Friedman won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP, earning the coveted bracelet, and just over $100K. He also placed 12th in a Limit Hold'em event the same year for an additional $10K.
Prahlad Friedman has also gained the distinction of a WPT title, which he won in 2009 at the Legends of Poker No Limit Hold'em Championship. The event marked Prahlad's first WPT final table - which included Kevin Shaffel, Todd Terry, Toto Leonidas and Samuel Stein - and earned Friedman just over $1M.
In January of 2011, Prahlad Friedman agreed to a sponsorship deal with online poker room
, UB. The announcement drew mixed emotions from the online poker
community due to the fact that Prahlad Friedman was one of the victims of the UltimateBet superuser incident.
Friedman was cheated out of millions of dollars by Russ Hamilton, who was utilizing software that allowed him to view his opponent's hole cards between 2005 and 2007. UltimateBet has since refunded over $22M to players who were cheated, and Prahlad Friedman has indicated that he is more than satisfied with the way in which UB has handled the situation.
Living in Los Angeles, California, Prahlad Friedman is married to fellow poker pro