Poker Player: Stu Unger

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The basic reason why Stu Ungar changed from gin to poker was that Stu was a bit too skilled at it. So skilled was he, that no one was able stand up to him. Even the commonly called professionals who were supposed to be the most favorable at gin were beat when they played against Mr. Ungar. One such gin rummy masters was Harry Stein, called, "Yonkie". Mr. Stein was handed such a belittling blow at the hands of stu that he evidently quit competing in it as a pro and never resurfaced at a gin tournament.

Certainly, with a image like that it was not long before everyone became weary of betting against Stu Ungar. He couldn’t find any matches and in his agony he began doing something no one had performed prior. Stu provided beginning handicaps to potential competitors with the wish that they may play opposed to him if they thought they held an advantage. He at will started from a bad position and one tale has it that stu even played against a consistent absconder. During the contest, he received advice that the absconder was at it again but mr. ungar assured that he was aware of the cheating and he would still win, which of course, he did.

The same problem followed Stu Ungar into vegas. He won so often that the poker rooms began asking him not to bet on their casinos anymore. The reason was that other casino visitors would not be seated at the table if he were seated.

Stu Ungar is remembered better for his achievements in texas hold’em poker but he always maintained that he was far more skilled at gin rummy.

He defeated Doyle Brunson in the World Series of Poker in Nineteen Eighty and became the youngest world camp. Because of his features that made him seem far younger than he really was, he got the nickname, "The Kid".

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