The Card Throwing Jesus Of Poker

Friday, January 14, 2011

With a hat and sunglasses- he's known for came about in the early days as a way to disguise the fact that he was a college student when he was playing in card rooms and casinos. And though he's never been known to walk on water, poker player Chris Ferguson has been known to perform miracles sitting at a poker table.

With a background in game theory and a Ph.D. in computer science, Chris Ferguson made the decision to really apply himself and concentrate only on tournament play. He started off playing in the small tournaments in and around Los Angeles. In 1996 he won a satellite World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament, placing him in the main event.

 Chris Ferguson is one of the most recognizable top poker players around. Given the nickname “Jesus” for his long hair and beard, he also has the ability to cut up vegetables just by throwing cards at them. He won several major poker tournaments, including the World Series of Poker Main Event, and is currently a member of the Full Tilt Poker team of professionals.

Chris Ferguson has played poker all of his life. He once lost all of his money playing in fourth grade. He hasn't been broke since, devoting time to becoming a better poker player, and now he is one of the best players in the world. When he was studying computer science at UCLA, the college decided that it would be best for him to leave, and kicked him out of college after 18 years, giving him a Ph.d. in the process.

During college, Chris Ferguson continued to play poker, frequently heading to Las Vegas and participating in the games there. He started playing in small poker tournaments in 1994, and in 1995 he participated in his first World Series of Poker. While he was still in school he didn’t play in a lot of tournaments, but he did quite well.

All of his work paid off, as in the year 2000 he beat T.J. Cloutier to become the champion of the 2000 World Series of Poker Main Event, and earn a spot on the wall of fame. He had won a bracelet in Seven Card Stud earlier in the year, and followed his strong 2000 with a bracelet in Omaha Hi/Lo the following year. Chris has won two more WSOP events since, and now has a jewelry collection of 5 bracelets.

Poker pro Chris Ferguson racked up a record of seven WSOP final tables and finished in the money in 12 events. His first WSOP bracelet came in 2000 in the $2.5K Seven-Card Stud event and that same year he took down the Main Event for $1.5 million. Another WSOP bracelet followed in 2001 in the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split event. In 2003, he earned 2 more in the $2K Omaha Hi/Lo Split event, followed by the $2K Limit Hold ‘em & Seven-Card Stud event.

Chris Ferguson works alongside several other poker pros on Full Tilt Poker’s professional team, and is constantly giving advice to Full Tilt Poker members. You can play against him at Full Tilt Poker, you just need to look for his red name, as all professionals have red names at Full Tilt Poker.

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