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Poker Star: Chip Reese

Poker Star: Chip Reese
Today's poker star is the American legend Chip Reese.
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David Edward Reese, known as Chip Reese, was born on March 28, 1951, in Centerville, Ohio, USA, and was one of the biggest players in professional poker. Reese has been cited many times as one of poker's biggest players.

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Life


Despite becoming a poker legend, Reese didn't have an easy life. In his early years, Reese suffered from rheumatic fever. Because of this, her period in elementary school was quite complicated, as Reese needed to stay at home and this lasted about a year. During this time, his mother taught him to play some board and card games. Reese described this phase of his as "a product of that year". So by age six, Reese already had some sense of how poker worked.

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Through his childhood baggage, during high school Reese also served as a football player and had the opportunity to play in an Ohio State Championship, even making it to the National Finals.
 
After that, Reese studied at Dartmouth, after turning down an offer from Harvard. In Darmouth, Reese joined as a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he played football as a freshman. During this time, Reese majored in economics and further piqued his interest in poker by playing several times with his peers, professors, and other college folks. In addition, Reese taught his fraternity colleagues to play various types of card games, including bridge and other poker variants.
 
At that time, Reese was ahead in the bridge game at the Grafton Country Grange. The feat resulted in his frat brothers designating his room as "David E. Reese Memorial Card Room" in his honor. Reese was later admitted to Stanford Law School, but ended up choosing to play poker professionally after winning $60,000 in Las Vegas. By the time he entered Stanford, Reese had already made $100,000 in profits on his first trip to Las Vegas, and that changed his life forever.

Career in Poker


In his historic achievements, legend Doyle Brunson called Reese "one of the two best young poker players in the world", confirming that Reese was the best seven-card player in the world he had ever played with. Reese also managed to win the $1,000 Seven Card Stud Split tournament at the 1978 World Series of Poker and 1982 Seven Card Stud for $5,000 buy-in. For all his accomplishments, Reese was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame as the youngest pro ever to be named at the ceremony.
 
Back in 2006, Reese inaugurated the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E at the World Series of Poker and took home the first prize of $1,716.00. This achievement also made WSOP history as the longest tournament in all of its editions, with over seven hours and 286 hands played.
 
2008 saw the inauguration of the "David 'Chip' Reese Memorial Trophy", which was intended for the grand champion of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E World Series of Poker.

End of life


Reese ended up passing away on December 4, 2007 at his own home in Las Vegas. At the time, it was speculated that Reese had died of pneumonia, but close friends commented that his cause of death was a blood clot.
 
During this period, Doyle Brunson commented that "He is certainly the best poker player who ever lived." WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollak stated that "he was a legend of the World Series of Poker". Reese's earnings reportedly exceeded the $3.5 million margin, and his home had been offered for sale in 2008 for $5,699,500.


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