Chapters: Stu Ungar, Doyle Brunson, Larry Fine, Chip Reese, John Scarne, Oswald Jacoby, Billy Baxter, Puggy Pearson, Ray Ryan, Dan Robison, Elwood Thomas Baker. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 58. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Stuart Errol "Stu" Ungar (September 8, 1953 November 22, 1998) was a professional poker and gin rummy player, considered by some to have been the greatest Texas hold 'em and gin rummy player of all time. He is one of only two people to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event three times (Johnny Moss also has three WSOP titles but his first was obtained by a vote of the players, not by winning a tournament). He is also the only person to win Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker three times, the world's second most prestigious poker title during its time. Ungar was born to Jewish parents and raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side. His father, Isadore ("Ido") Ungar, was a bookmaker and loan shark who ran a bar/social club called Foxes Corner that doubled as a gambling establishment, exposing Stu to gambling at a young age. Despite Ido's attempts to keep his son from gambling after seeing the effects of it on his regular customers, Stu began playing underground gin and quickly made a name for himself. Ungar was gifted at school and skipped seventh grade, but then dropped out of school in tenth grade. Ido died of a heart attack in 1966. Following his father's death, and with his mother virtually incapacitated by an illness as well, Ungar drifted around the New York gambling scene until age 18, when he was befriended by alleged organized crime figure Victor Romano. Romano, the legends around whom include the ability to recite the spelling and definition of all of the words in the dictionary (a skill purported to have been acquired in prison), was regarded a...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=78877
American Gin Players: Stu Ungar, Doyle Brunson, Larry Fine, Chip Reese, John Scarne, Oswald Jacoby, Billy Baxter, Puggy Pearson, Ray Ryan
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