Poker Player: Stu Unger

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The main reason for why Stu Ungar changed from gin to poker was that Stu was a little too skilled at it. So good was he, that no one was able stand up to him. Even the apparently champions who were meant to be the most favorable at gin rummy were crushed when they faced Stu Ungar. One of these gin rummy masters was Harry Stein, called, "Yonkie". Harry Stein suffered such a debilitating defeat at the hands of Stu Ungar that he evidently quit playing it as a pro and never resurfaced at a gin rummy tournament.

Accordingly, with a reputation like that it was not too long before people became shy of playing against Stu Ungar. He couldn’t find any matches and in his bleakness he began doing something no one had attempted prior. He provided starting handicaps to likely adversaries with the high hopes that they might play opposed to him if they believed they held an edge. He at will played from a negative arrangement and one account has it that stu even competed with a constant bad egg. Amid the game, he received warnings that the cheater was at it again but Stu Ungar assured that he deduced of the fraudulent activity and he would still actually win, which of course, he did.

The same problem followed Stu Ungar into Las Vegas. He won so frequently that the poker rooms began requesting that he not to compete on their poker rooms anymore. The explanation why was that other poker room clients refused to sit at the table if he were seated.

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

He defeated Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in Nineteen Eighty to become the youngest world champion. Because of his features that made him seem far younger than he actually was, he was nicknamed, "The Kid".

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