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Sarge Ferris – Legend of the Game

Hey High Rollers, heartbreaker today in the Arizona game, Cardinals (-3 1/2) was up by 10 late but gave up a touchdown….so, we go 1-and-2 on the weekend after we were perfect last weekend at 3-and-0…we are still up money, listening to our friends at VegasTopDogs.com.  Tony K and Chip Chirimbes a tad unlucky this weekend…but, we’ll make a strong comeback, next week, NFL Week #11.

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Legend of the Game – Sarge Ferris

Intro: He was destitute as a child…the son of a Lebanese Immigrant…who grew up in Waterville, Maine during the Great Depression…his brother became a very successful watchmaker…but he, well, he became one of the greatest poker players of All-Time…a Hall of Famer…who never forgot where he came from…and his play, certainly reflected that.  The man they call “Sarge” today on HRR.

Hall of Famer, Poker Legend

Hall of Famer, Poker Legend

Body:  You could hardly call what Sarge Ferris did gambling.  He was the classic grinder…if his money was in, he had the goods.  Except, unlike, most…he grinding was for 6-figure scores…Read an article once where the legendary Jay Heimowitz, was quoted as saying, “he didn’t give away one crumb” That is a strong compliment from a six-time bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker.  Heimowitz adding Ferris never showed his cards, never gave away info…he was the consummate pro.”

Ferris played primarily cash games…a specialist they’d call him today…he only won one WSOP bracelet…did that at the 1980 series…beat Doyle Brunson, the games Godfather, heads-up to capture the $10,000 world championship od Deuce to 7 lowball.   After collecting his winnings, a cool $150,000, he decided to stake a young, brash, cocky kid….a guy nobody had ever heard of…oh, the poker world would eventually come to know this kid…very well…Sarge must have had a inkling…good players can spot other good players, right?  Right.  So, he ponied up the 10k for one Stu Ungar…and guess what?  Ungar won the world championship…also bettering Texas Dolly Doyle Brunson for the crown as world champ….good investment by Ferris…Ungar was a 100-1 longshot.  100-to-1…they weren’t that long the next year, I guarantee you that.  Ferris nearly died at the poker table…suffered a massive heart attack…his headstone is a poker table….Not everyone loved him, his funeral was well attended but one of those on hand was ‘Suitcase’ Sam Angel…Doyle Brunson said, “Why are you here? Everyone knows you and Sarge hated each other.”

“Yeah, I hated him, all right,” Angel replied, “I just want to make sure that c—sucker is dead.”

Later that year, 1989, he was posthumously inducted into Poker’s Hall of Fame…he was tight, but the way he played tight was right!  True Grinder… Legend of the game….Sarge Ferris…on High Roller Radio.

…speaking of the legendary Stu Ungar:

High Roller Radio Quote of the Day:

“Identify your opponents weaknesses.  Take advantage of every weakness they have, and exploit them every chance you get.”
Stu Ungar, from the book Poker Samadhi by Danielle Striker.

(Danielle will be a guest of the show next week.)

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Did you know?  Dan Lubin, a former computer analyst, moved to Las Vegas to enjoy his retirement as a dealer when he invented the game EZ Pai Gow Poker, which was an instant hit with both players and casino management.  He is no longer retired; he was hired as Manager of Table Games Development by Galaxy Gaming.  Listen to interview at www.highrollerradio.net under INTERVIEWS tab.

Invented by Dan Lubin, table games designer

Invented by Dan Lubin, table games designer



Did you know?  Gus Hansen, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, is the worst loser in the history of online poker.  He is down $10 million dollars on Full Tilt Poker alone.

Did you know? The Poker Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 by Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.   When Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame.  As of 2012, 44 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, 21 of whom are still living.

Did you know?  Felton McCorquodal, who was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979, is

credited with introducing the game of Texas Hold’em to Las Vegas in 1963.


Did you know?  Poker Hall of Famer Tom Abdo died while playing poker.  According to legend, after suffering a heart attack, he asked another player to count his chips and to save his seat.

Did you know?  The legendary Puggy Pearson is credited for developing the concept of a freeze-out tournament, of course the freeze-out style is incorporated at tournaments worldwide, including the WSOP main event.

Did you know?  Jack ‘Tree Top’ Strauss’ world championship victory in 1982 is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in poker history.  At one point, Straus had one chip remaining and somehow managed to win the title, coining the phrase “A chip and a chair”, meaning that as long as a player has not been eliminated from the tournament, he or she still has a chance.   Straus is one of three Hall of Famers to die while playing poker.

Did yiou know?  Fred ‘Sarge’ Ferris, a poker Hall of Famer, gained notoriety when the IRS seized $46,000 from him on April 22, 1983 while he was playing high stakes poker at the Horseshoe Casino.

Did you know?  Barry Johnston holds the record for consecutive years cashing at the World Series of Poker – 29.  He cashed in at least one event every year from 1982-2010.

Did you know?  While Ladies’ Events have been offered before at WSOP Europe and elsewhere, until 2013 there has never been one that offered a bracelet outside of Las Vegas. That changed Friday afternoon as WSOP Europe kicked off its 2013 series with a €1,100 Ladies Event, won by Aussie Jackie Glazier for $29,613.

Below is the first ladies event in Vegas…some history for you:

1977 World Series of Poker – Event 9  Buy-in: $100  Game: Seven Card Stud  Entries: ~62  Prizepool: $5,580  Winner: Jackie McDaniels – $5,580

2013 Poker Player of the Year
1. Daniel Negreanu 1,014.16 pts 2. Vanessa Selbst 849.58 pts 3. Mike Watson 833.44 pts … 4. David (dpeters) Peters 773.90 pts 5. Ole Schemion 762.62 pts 6. Blair Hinkle 750.97 pts 7. Steve O’Dwyer 742.62 pts
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2013 Poker Player of the Year</p>
<p>1. Daniel Negreanu 1,014.16 pts<br />
2. Vanessa Selbst 849.58 pts<br />
3. Mike Watson 833.44 pts<br />
4. David (dpeters) Peters 773.90 pts<br />
5. Ole Schemion 762.62 pts<br />
6. Blair Hinkle 750.97 pts<br />
7. Steve O'Dwyer 742.62 pts </p>
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