Mike Matusow, born in Los Angeles in 1968, is a well known poker player with a reputation for trash talk, hence his nickname “The Mouth”. His temper often gets the better of him and he is known to blow up during a game, spewing off chips and losing a strong stack which he may have caerfully built up over many hours.
Johnson Juanda, is an Indonesian poker professional, born in 1971 who now lives in California. John’s parents are Chinese and the family moved to the US in 1990 where John enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He was quite an athlete at school, competing in track events from 200m to 5000m. After graduating from Seattle university with an MBA he became a bible salesman, but it wasn’t long before he realised that poker was his true vocation.
Jennifer C Harman-Traniello, better known simply as Jennifer Harman, was born in 1964 in Reno, Nevada. She is a 2 times WSOP bracelet winner, the only female player to win 2 WSOP titles to date.
Thomas James Cloutier, better known as T.J. Cloutier, was born in Albany, California in 1936. He has won 6 WSOP gold bracelets and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006.
Annie Duke,known as The Duchess of Poker, was born in 1965. She is a WSOP bracelet winner, and brother of other top professional player Howard Lederer.
Joe Cada, known as The Kid, is best known for being the winner of the 2009 WSOP no limit main event, and being the youngest player ever to win the world championship at the age of just 21.
Jonathan Little, also known by his nickname “Fiery Justice”, was born in 1884 in Penascola, Florida. He was studying psychology at the University of West Florida when ge started playing poker with his friends. As he began to take more of an interest in poker he began studying the classic poker books such as Sklansky’s Theory Of Poker and Brunson’s Super System. He was playing regularly online, and built up a bankroll of $35,000 in just six months, at which point he dropped out of university to play poker full time.
Doyle Brunson, known as Texas Dolly, is one of the best known poker players of all time. Born in Longworth, Texas in 1933, Doyle was quite an athlete in his younger years. A member of the All-State Texas basketball team and a keen runner, he managed a mile in 4:43 in the 1950 Texas Interscholastic Track Meet. He was offered several college offers, but decided to attend university in Abeline since it was close to home. The Minneapolis Lakersbasketball team were interested in him as a player, but unfortunately a knee injury forced him to stop playing.
Gus Hansen, nicknamed “The Great Dane” is a very exciting Danish poker player who lives in Monaco. Before turning to poker, Hansen was a world class backgammon player, and a youth tennis champion. He is a true gambler, and takes private bets on a wide range of sporting activities and challenges outside of poker.
David Sklansky, known as “The Mathematician” is a great poker player, and an even better poker author. Born in New Jersey in 1947, Sklansky graduated from high school and then attended the University of Pensylvania, but never graduated. Instead he returned home and got a job as as actuary, and started on the road to being a professional gambler.