Hold’em Poker Legends

Monday, 20. December 2010

Stu Ungar is regarded by many to the greatest No Limit Texas hold em Poker player ever.

The 3 time World Poker Champion was born in New York in ‘53 and started betting poker before reaching his teens.

The young bettor started out betting gin and at the age of ten had won his first gin tournament, while on vacation with his parents. By the age of 14 the small poker genius had become a professional and dropped out of school.

In ‘54 Stu Ungar entered the record books by winning ten thousand dollars in a gin rummy tournament without dropping a single hand, a record which still stands in New York today.

The quick speaking wiz kid has been likened, in poker terms, to sporting greats such as Joe Namath and Kobe Bryant. Stu had a real skill for wagering poker except in spite of his successes in Texas hold’em poker, he preferred playing gin.

Stu once said that there may several day be a greater NL Hold’em gambler than him but he couldn’t see how anyone could ever be a far better gin player.

In ‘80 Stu was put on the global map as one of the very best Holdem Poker gamblers in the earth when he was crowned World Poker Champion for the 1st time. Amazingly it was the first time he had played in the tournament.

The subsequent year he put aside any suggestions that it had been luck, by successfully protecting his crown. And in ‘97 Stu set the record by winning his third World poker championship.

Except this poker legend also struggled with substance abuse and a year right after succeeding his third title Stu Ungar past away in his hotel room. According to doctors, he had died from cardiac arrest which was brought on by his lifestyle.

Stu had started with practically nothing except his ability and natural talent for the casino game which made this poker wonderful a millionaire numerous times over.

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