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Chris Ferguson

Christopher Philip Ferguson, popularly known as Chris Ferguson, is a professional poker player from California. The quiet and contained player has won five bracelets in the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments. He has had 63 money finishes from WSOP and earnings of more than $4 million from it. He has had six cashes and more than $1 million in earnings from circuits. He is well-known for being the World Series of Poker Champion of 2000. Chris is one of the first players to have been a champion in the online poker world.

Early Career in Poker

Chris’ first experience with poker was a game he played on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as a student. He continued playing the game online, gained experience and went on to become one of the highest ranked poker tournament players on this platform. He used his understanding of game theory when he played poker live in 1994 at tournaments held in California.

In 1995, Chris participated in the WSOP for the first time. He played in the Limit Razz event with a $1,500 buy-in and came in at the fifth spot. Between 1995 and 2000, Chris played very few tournaments; nevertheless, he reached seven finals and had twelve cashes.

Chris’ World Series of Poker Bracelets

Chris’ first victory at the WSOP was in 2000, when he played in the Limit 7 Card Stud Event with a $2,500 by-in. Chris won $151,000 in this event. The same year, he won another bracelet at the WSOP when he participated in and won the World Championship, beating T.J Cloutier. This was a game of No Limit Hold’em with a buy-in of $10,000, which brought him $1,500,000.

In the third event of the 2001 WSOP, Chris won the first place in a Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event which had a buy-in of $1,500. He won two events in the 2003 WSOP – the Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and Limit Hold’em & 7 Card Stud. Both events had a $2,000 buy-in, and Chris won $123,680 and $66,220 respectively in them.

World Series of Poker Circuit Event Wins

Chris is currently the only poker player in the world to have three WSOP Circuit Event wins. At the 2004/2005 WSOP Circuit Event held at Harrah’s Rincon, he won $655,220. This was the No-Limit Holdem Championship with a $10,000 buy-in. A year later he won the 2005/2006 WSOP Circuit Event held at Harrahs, Las Vegas. This was followed by a win at the 2007/2008 WSOP Circuit Event at Harvey’s Table, which was a $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Championship.

The 2008 victory earned him $677,905, an amount that exceeded his winnings from the 2007 WSOP event. Chris’ total winnings from live tournaments are estimated to be $8 million. Of this, more than $4 million is accounted for by the 63 cashes he has had at the WSOP. This also puts him third on the list of poker players who have made the most cashes at the WSOP. He follows close on the heels of Men Nguyen and Phil Hellmuth.

Other Important Matches and Challenges in Chris’ Career

Chris was the runner up in the National Heads-up Poker Championship held in 2006. In this, he played against Phil Hellmuth, one of the top poker players in the world with the most number of WSOP bracelets. In 2006, Chris reached the final table, but came in second when he lost to Ted Forrest, a skilled poker professional. 2008 saw Chris take home the title of the National Heads-up Poker Championship, when he beat Andy Bloch.

As part of a personal challenge he set out to make $1 into $20,000. Chris accomplished this feat in six months. He undertook a similar challenge, to make $10,000 from $0. He achieved this by playing in freeroll tournaments on Full Tilt Poker. He pushed himself further and went on to earn $20,000 at the site.

Chris has also played in the World Poker Tour (WPT) and made it to the final table twice. He has had eleven money finishes in the WPT tournaments.

Launch of Full Tilt Poker

Chris had a crucial role to play in the launch of the second largest site for poker in the world, Full Tilt Poker. With his knowledge of computer skills, Chris has worked on the software for the site. This online poker room offers some great gaming experience to players, and it has been immensely successful.

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