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Serena McClain
4 years Ago

IfOnly is thrilled to announce our latest group of incredible talent: poker champions. We’ve partnered with six of the most successful players in poker history to offer you a plethora of amazing experiences. Today, we are going behind-the-scenes with these poker stars to get the inside scoop on their infamous poker nicknames. From a love of heavy metal to dropping out of high school, the stories might surprise you.


Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth

Phil shot into poker stardom in 1989 when he became the youngest person ever to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. At just 24, his young age, competitive personality, and occasional temper tantrum led to the nickname “Poker Brat.” Today, Phil is older and wiser yet just as colorful and entertaining as he was 25 years ago.


Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu 

Daniel’s decision to drop out of high school just one credit short of graduating so that he could pursue a professional career in poker was met with mixed reviews, but it paid off – by the time Daniel was 24, he was the youngest winner in poker history to win a WSOP bracelet. His impressive poker achievements at such a young age earned him the nickname “Kid Poker,” and though Daniel is no longer a kid, he’s still one of the most accomplished poker players in the world.


Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari

Before he became a poker pro, Antonio was bringing in close to $400 an hour as a professional magician. Often wowing crowds with his repertoire of magic tricks at the poker table, it’s no surprise that his nickname is “The Magician.” Though Antonio might be just as good at magic as he is at poker, one thing is for sure: it was skill – not magic – that led him to his $18,346,673 record-breaking win, the biggest cash prize in poker history.


Liv “The Iron Maiden” Boeree

Many people think that Liv’s “Iron Maiden” nickname is due to her hard demeanor and stone cold poker face, but it actually stems from the model-turned-professional-poker-player’s love of heavy metal music. A dedicated metalhead, Liv’s impressive poker winnings – over $2.5 million – are often spent expanding her electric guitar collection.


Phil “The Unabomber” Laak

It’s easy to recognize when Phil’s at the poker table: his signature hooded sweatshirt (hood up) and sunglasses earned him almost $3 million in winnings, and the nickname “The Unabomber.” However, comparisons to Ted Kaczynski stop there – Phil’s friendly, boisterous, and over-the-top personality is known to turn even the most mundane event into a party.


Jamie “The Philanthropist” Gold

Jamie may have won over $12 million in tournament winnings, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $300 million he has helped raise for charitable causes worldwide. After winning the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, Jamie decided to put his poker energy into helping others. Using his celebrity status to affect positive change globally, Jamie might be even more passionate about philanthropy than he is poker. 


With these poker pros around, bluffing is more than just a skill – it’s an art form. From private poker lessons to inside access at the World Series of Poker Tournament, get ready to take a seat with the high rollers and learn how to play like a pro with no limits. 


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