Famous Poker Players And How Did They Get Their Nicknames
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari - At the age of 19, Esfandiari became a professional magician. His poker career started when he was invited to a game of Texas Hold'em. In 2004, he won his first WSOP bracelet and first WPT title. In 2010, “The Magician” won his second WPT title at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World for over $870,000.
Barry “Robin Hood of Poker” Greenstein – Barry Greenstein won a number of major events, including 2 WPT titles and 3 WSOP bracelets. He earned his “Robin Hood of Poker” nickname thanks to his incredible generosity. He donated his profit from tournament winnings to charities, being a dedicated sponsor for many children through the Children Incorporated.
Howard "The Professor" Lederer – Lederer is a professional poker player and brother of Annie Duke. He was nicknamed “The Professor” because of his long history of wins. He is the author of an instructional poker video called “Secrets of No Limit Hold'em” and runs the “Howard Lederer Poker Fantasy Camp”, despite the fact that he had never been to college.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow – Matusow's nickname reflects his reputation of being one of the most aggressive and trash-talking players at the poker table.
Phil “The Unabomber” Laak – Phil Laak is known for wearing hooded sweatshirts and sunglasses at the table, that make him look like the Ted Kaczynski - The Unabomber. He holds a WPT title and one WSOP bracelet.
Tom “durrrr” Dwan – Tom Dwan is an American poker player who regularly plays online in the highest-stakes No-Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha games. He said he adopted this nickname to annoy and throw his opponents off. As of 2010, Dwan's winnings exceed $1,550,000.
Stu “The Kid” Ungar – Stu Ungar was the greatest Texas Hold'em player and a gin rummy legend. He won his first rummy tournament at the age of 10 and he became known as “The Kid”. He was one of the greatest card players of all time, who won the World Series of Poker three times: in 1980, 1981 and 1997.
Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen – Because he is a Danish player.
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