Holdem Poker Legends

by Gaige on July 7th, 2010

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Stu Ungar is regarded by many to the greatest NL Texas hold’em Poker player ever.

The three time World Poker Champion was born in New York in 1953 and started betting poker before reaching his teens.

The young gambler started out playing gin and at the age of 10 had won his initial gin rummy tournament, while on vacation with his parents. By the age of 14 the small poker maestro had turned pro and stopped going to school.

In ‘54 Stu Ungar entered the record books by succeeding 10,000 dollars in a gin rummy tournament without dropping a single hand, a record which still stands in New York these days.

The fast talking wiz kid has been likened, in poker terms, to sporting greats such as Joe Namath and Kobe Bryant. Stu Ungar had a true ability for betting poker but in spite of his successes in Holdem poker, he favored betting gin.

Stu once said that there might several day be a greater No Limit Texas hold em gambler than him except he couldn’t see how anyone could ever be a greater gin gambler.

In ‘80 Stu Ungar was put on the global map as one of the finest Texas hold em Poker gamblers in the planet when he was crowned World Poker Champion for the 1st time. Astonishingly it was the 1st time he had played in the tournament.

The subsequent year he put aside any thoughts that it had been luck, by successfully defending his title. And in ‘97 Stu set the record by succeeding his 3rd World poker championship.

Except this poker legend also fought with drug abuse and a year right after winning his third title Stu died in his hotel room. According to physicians, he had died from a cardiac event which was brought on by his lifestyle.

Stu Ungar had started out with absolutely nothing except his ability and expertise for the casino game which made this poker great a millionaire many times over.

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