In gambling as well as in business, a person has to face difficult decisions. Both initiatives require decisiveness and full commitment from the player. The history of poker knows many examples when a person who was not striving to become a poker professional, eventually climbed to Olympus. Bright and extraordinary, today they are the heroes of our ranking of nerds who have succeeded in gambling.
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At first, this American was in no hurry to link life with gambling and for a long time worked as a broker on the New York Stock Exchange. Soon he wanted to establish his exchange. His SHK Asset Management, specializing in gold futures, has existed since 2002 and until recently owned 10% of all US gold futures (according to the results of the deal concluded in 2011, Dan make $850,000,000)
Mr. Shak was seriously into poker in 2004, when he first made money on the World Series, earning $45,000. He participated in many different WSOP tournaments, gaining invaluable experience to get to the top. Soon, Dan even managed to get closer to his first bracelet, but second place in the $5000 Omaha Hi-Low tournament did not allow the dream to come true. Shak played a little in the World Poker Tour tournaments, but he didn’t have big stakes on them. Then the businessman tried himself in the $100,000 AussieMillions super high-roller tournament. As a result, Dan managed to take first place and take with him more than a million dollars.
In 2012, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure traditionally hosted a super high-roller tournament. Dan played, keeping to the course of playing expensive tournaments. He failed to repeat the Australian success, but this did not prevent him from adding $850,000 to his substantial bankroll.
To date, Shak has won over $7 million in tournaments.
Billionaire Phil Ruffin, whose fortune is currently valued at $2.5 billion by Forbes, specializes in the gambling business.
Businessman started in his native Kansas, opening a small petrol station there in 1972. At the same time, Ruffin began to transport fuel and manufacture trucks for this purpose. Then, when he managed to make a decent fortune, Ruffin switched to hotels. Just as ordinary people playing in “Monopoly,” build hotels on their gaming streets, Ruffin managed to achieve this in real life. And where there are luxury hotels, there are no less luxurious casinos. Phil bought them in large quantities and built new ones, not only in the USA but also in the Bahamas.
As befits a casino owner, Ruffin is not averse to playing poker. Even though he does not play tournaments at the WSOP or any other well-known series, the businessman takes part in expensive games. One can recall his appearance in the seventh season of the show High Stakes Poker known to the general public. In 2012, at the invitation of Guy Laliberté, Phil participated in the Big One For One Drop tournament with $ 1,000,000 but did not succeed in it.
Known for his infamous antics, the American has long been interested in poker. Thanks to his activity on social networks, he became “The King of Instagram,” in which he posts photos of his fabulous everyday life. Girls in a bikini and with no, mountains of money, luxury cars, and weapons – that’s what his life consists of. But we should not forget about poker, in which Dan plays regularly. Expensive cash with people in business, in which Bilzerian plays mostly solid but unknown to no one plus (according to his tweeter), profit from assets and the rich heritage of his father (convicted of trader’s tricks) are the main components of Dan’s success. Well, you can’t forbid to live beautifully, and Dan Bilzerian becomes an honorary member of our rank of reach nerds-gamblers.
Ole Kristian Nergard
A couple of years ago, this guy from Norway blew up the poker world. Burst into it when his family sold the half-century business of their ancestors. As a result, Ole Christian inherited $30 million, which allowed him to participate in the most expensive games and tournaments. A teenager nerd has already managed to play the Main Event of the EPT Grand Final in 2012 and earn 40,000 euros. However, his successes are not limited to this. If you believe Hendon Mob, then Ole’s profit online reached $400,000. Besides, for a long time, there was news that the Norwegian is involved in an expensive cash game in Macau and high stakes fight with businesspeople and pro-players. Unfortunately, Ole updates his twitter exceptionally rarely, and his account does not appear online. Who knows, maybe the strict parents decided to cool their son’s ambitions, caring about his well-being? In any case, the “second Isildur” (as Ole was nicknamed in his native Norway) can still declare herself.
The name of this native of Quebec most associated primarily with the famous Cirque du Soleil. In 1984, with the support of the Canadian government, Guy founded the company, which now employs about 4,000 employees from 40 countries. Thanks to this successfully implemented idea, a Canadian managed to earn more than a billion dollars.
Guy also appeared in 4 seasons of the show PokerAfterDark and HighStakesPoker. In 2007, the Canadian was just a bit short of his first high-profile title: he finished fourth in the WPT tournament at the Bellagio casino and earned $696,220. In addition to his success in offline competitions, Guy tried his hand at online poker. Here he was not welcomed cordially and was ripped off on $25,000,000. According to rumors, it was Guy who became the springboard for many professionals at the very top of poker Olympus.