Johnny Moss

May 11, 2021 at 3:23 am

Johnny Moss Johnny Moss was born in Marshall, Texas in 1907. He had the nickname “The Grand Old Man of Poker “ and was the first winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Today he is still regarded as one of the greatest poker players to have ever played the game and won nine WSOP Poker events and eight bracelets. Johnny Moss was one of the indictees into the Prestigious Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

His Career

During Johnny Moss’s initial Poker career, there was no access to resources when it came to Poker, and he learnt about the game by being an overseer. Johnny started off his career in the field of Poker long before the launch of legal casinos, poker rooms and major tournaments. He would travel from one casino to the next to play at their tables. In a nutshell, he was a travelling gambler who earned his living on the road.

Moss did not tolerate cheaters, and during one of his card games in a backroom, he noticed a peephole in the ceiling which allowed the house to spy on the cards that the players were holding. Moss always carried a pistol with him, and he told the house that if the spy did not come down and cover the hole, he would not hesitate to open fire on the ceiling. The house tried to call his bluff and Johnny let off a few rounds, and the man in the ceiling was injured. He also played against Nick the Greek in a five-month-long Heads up poker marathon where Moss won $4 million at the end of the game. The game between these two poker legends is said to be the one that birthed the World Series of Poker.

This Poker legend died at the age of 88 in 1995.

Brynn Kenney

February 20, 2021 at 3:22 am

Brynn Kenney This American professional poker player from Long Beach New York has no problem putting half of his net worth on the line. He has gone from having millions of dollars to being broke 4 or 5 times in his gambling career.

No other poker player has ever accumulated winnings like Brynn Kenney and he is the #1 all-time ranked player in earnings, with a current net worth of $56 million. Brynn has always had a passion for games which started at a young age, in particular, the more cerebral games. He was also a bit of an outsider due to him dressing and acting differently to other children. He had a photographic memory which became useful when playing cards.

Professional Poker Career

Brynn crushed opponents in Magic, and by the age of 12, he was ranked #1 in the world for his age group. Playing Magic was where he met Justin Bonomo, Jose Barbero and Tong Gregg, all of whom would become outstanding Poker Pros.

Brynn had a craving for bigger prizes and decided to try his hand at Poker. In 2007 at the tender age of 23 he attended his first live cash tournament, and that’s where it all took off. In the years after 2007, Kenney continued to participate in live and online tournaments and continued to improve his skills and wins.

In 2014 he won his first WSOP bracelet and took home $150 000. A few years later Kenney beat Joe McKeehan the winner of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event with a victory of $1687 800. By 2017 he was a household name in the Poker Industry.

Wrapping it Up

Brynn Kenney had a slow and gradual rise to fame. His 2019 win at the Trinity Million FOR Charity Event pushed him to #1 on the all-time winnings list cementing his status in a competitive world.

Oswald Jacoby

December 1, 2020 at 3:14 am

Oswald Jacoby About Oswald Jacoby

Oswald “Ozzie” “Jake” Jacoby was one of Americas most remarkable and most renowned card players in the 20th century. He was born in 1902 in Brooklyn New York and was a mathematical genius by all accounts. When he was 15, he lied about his age to join the army during WW1. Luckily he never saw much action and spent the last two months of the war playing poker.

After the war he enrolled at the Columbia University which he funded with his poker winnings. He became known for his genius in games when he beat the US champion, Frank Marshall, in a chess match. Once he earned his actuary license, he dropped out of University and started working as one of the youngest actuaries in New York History.

Jacoby’s Career

Oswald Jacoby was not only an expert in Bridge and Chess but also in Poker, Gin, Rummy, Canasta, Backgammon and Checkers. Furthermore, he wrote books about all of these games. He won multiple national titles during the 1930s and wrote a nationally syndicated bridge column for 34 years writing over 10 000 newspaper articles purely about Bridge. He also invented bidding conventions which are still popular today, and they are the Jacoby transfer and Jacoby 2NT bids.

In 1970 and 1971 he captained the North American and US teams that won the Bermuda Bowl. During his long career, he won many tournaments with various partners, including his son and wife of more than 50 years, His final tournament victory was at the ACBL late in 1983. He died from cancer in 1984, but Jacoby was posthumously made one of the founding members of the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1995. It is in this Hall of Fame that his masterful, and genius legacy lives on.

John Montagu

October 15, 2020 at 3:15 am

John Montagu Accomplished Gambler and Nobleman

John Montagu was not your usual professional gambler. He accomplished many great things as the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He negotiated treaties, sponsored a voyage through the Pacific and served as a captain of a regiment.

This extraordinary man was born in Cheswick in November 1718 and lost his father at the early age of 4. His mother got remarried, leaving him to be raised by his Grandmother and rarely seeing his mother. As a way to deal with the stress of his duties, he turned to gambling for comfort. His love for cards saw him spend endless hours around card tables, winning and losing thousands of pounds regularly.

The Impact of Gambling

Montagu first started gambling when in College. He was encouraged by his friends to join them at Horse Races, and when it came to this form of gambling, Montagu was too cautious.

As the years passed, he stopped betting on horses and started focusing on card games instead. He would spend hour’s playing cards, and his longest stint lasted 24 hours. He enjoyed convenience when eating during card games and would often ask his servants for pieces of meat between two slices of bread. He wanted this so he could hold the sandwich in one hand while holding cards in the other. Hence the birth of the sandwich because those who played against him started asking for “the same as sandwich.”

Know when to Quit

Once Montagu started playing cards, he did not know when to quit and would often lose thousands of pounds in one night. He, however, did enjoy a winning streak that paid for Captain Cook’s voyage through the Pacific Ocean where he discovered Australia and small islands, which he named The Sandwich Islands which are today known as the islands of Hawaii.

Montagu eventually depleted his savings due to his gambling habits, and when he passed away in April 1792 he was broke.