Hey High Rollers,
One of the best things about the world of professional poker/gambling is the varied characters you come across. I mean Characters! Legends are born in the most fascinating of ways and below we’ve compiled some interesting info – we certainly hope you enjoy. We call it…”DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know? Dominic ‘The Dominator”LoRiggio teamed up with Frank Scoblete, another professional craps shooter whose authored severalbooks on the subject, including Golden Touch Craps, and over the years the pair made hundreds of thousands of dollars together. While Scoblete is one of the world’s leading authorities on dice throwing, he admits it was LoRiggio who had the golden arm and The Golden Touch. Think about this; the odds of rolling a seven are 1 in 6. LoRiggio once went on a 53 minute roll without crapping out, earning him $27,000 in the process.
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Did you Know? Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar have won the World Championship twice. Two-time champs Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan each won the event in back-to-back years. Jack Strauss won his championship in dramatic fashion, coming back from a single chip; coining the phrase, “a chip and a chair.” Phil Hellmuth is the only player to win both the main event of the WSOP (1989) and the main event of the WSOPE (2012).
Did you know?
Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, took home the biggest first place purse in poker history – $18 million – after capturing the Big One for One Drop charity event at the 2012 WSOP in Las Vegas. Jamie Gold captured the largest prize in WSOP Main Event history in 2006 – $12 million.
Did you know? In 2004, the World Poker Tour created a Walk of Fame, inducting poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.
Did you know? In 2008, the WPT copied the WSOP in offering bracelets to its event champions. Players who won a title prior to that were given a WPT Bracelet retroactively.
Did you know? In November 2009, PartyGaming announced its acquisition of the World Poker Tour from WPTE for a whopping $12,300,000.
Did you know? Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who sit in a booth near WPT main event final tables, providing commentary and occasionally interacting with the players, record their specific comments about hole cards after the tournament takes place. They are required to do so because gaming regulations prohibit them from observing a ‘live’ feed of the “hole card cameras” while on the set.
Did you know? Legendary poker player and gambler Billy Baxter was married in 1975 and took his new bride to Hawaii for the honeymoon. They never returned home! On the way back, they ended up in Las Vegas where they stayed for nine months, living in a motel, while he played poker.
Did you know? Billy Baxter fought the government and won, in a judgement that classified poker winnings as ‘earned income’. It was a huge legal victory for poker players all over the country because now they could play for a living.
Did you know? Sam O’Connor, AKA ‘Silver Dollar Sam’, dealt the first ever game of Hold’em played in Las Vegas. True story, happened back in 1960, O’Connor was a dealer at the Golden Nugget. O’Connor has written a couple of books, Tales of Old Las Vegas and How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold’em.
Did you know? Actor Eric Bruskotter, star of the movies Major League 2 & 3 and Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, is an avid poker player and a regular at the Commerce Casino in Las Vegas. Bruskotter doesn’t play in any Hollywood home games because he thinks they’re “lame”.
Did you know? Canadian Brian Zembic had a pair of 36C breasts implanted in order to win a $100,000 prop bet. He had to wear his big pair for one year in order to collect. Here’s the kicker; when the year was up Zembic kept the implants in stating they were a good way to get on talk shows to promote his book and that it helped him meet women.
Did you know? After winning his bracelet in 2010, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois posed for the winner’s photo topless. It was the result of a dare from friends and he kept his word and removed his shirt for the bracelet photo – what had to be a WSOP first!
Did you know? Chris Tryba defeated Eric Cajaleis heads-up during a WSOP event in 2011 and captured hi first ever bracelet thanks to a straight flush on the final hand – what was a WSOP first!
Did you know? Paul Simmons and John Carter crunched the numbers, studied a ton of historical data, and calculated the odds of a hole-in-one at the British Open to be roughly 50/50. Several unsuspecting bookies offered considerably higher odds than the evens, or less. So, when Brian Marchbank scored an ace during the Major Championship the two friends cleaned up – winning between £600,000 to £1 million.
Did you know? During the television broadcast of the 2002 World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth was quoted as saying, “If Robert Varkonyi wins I’ll shave my head.” Hellmuth was suggesting the amateur wasn’t very good. Well, you guessed it! Varkonyi went on to win the championship and the $2 million first prize. During the bracelet presentation a pair of clippers was brought out and Varkonyi played barber on the ‘Poker Brat’s’ head. His critics suggest it was simply another marketing ploy, more shameless self-promotion, on Hellmuth’s part to steal the spotlight.
There you go…a sweet helping of gaming goodness right there. Be sure to visit our site www.highrollerradio.net for more great poker/gambling anecdotes. 2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it!
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