Stu Ungar

The main reason for why Stu Ungar switched from gin to poker was that he was a tiny bit too skilled at it. So skilled was he, that no player possibly could equal him. Even the so-called experts who were meant to be the most favorable at gin were crushed when they competed with Stu. One of these gin rummy professionals was Harry Stein, called, "Yonkie". Harry was handed such a debilitating beating at the hands of mr. ungar that he evidently quit playing it as a pro and never showed up at a gin rummy tournament.

Of course, with a distinction like that it wasn’t very long before people became afraid of gambling against stu. He could not find any matches and in his desperation he began doing something no one had attempted before. Stu offered beginning handicaps to likely competitors in the wish that they might compete opposed to him if they thought they had an advantage. He deliberately started from a disadvantageous arrangement and one story has it that he even played against a consistent absconder. Amid the game, he received advice that the bad egg was at it once more but mr. ungar assured that he knew of the chicanery and he would still acquire a win, which he did, of course.

The same trend followed Stu Ungar into vegas. He won so frequently that the casinos started requesting that he not to wager in their poker rooms anymore. The explanation why was that other poker room players refused to be seated at the poker table if he were playing.

Stu Ungar is recollected more for his abilities in texas holdem poker but he himself always maintained that he was a whole lot more skilled at gin rummy.

He defeated Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in 1980 and became the youngest world camp. Because of his features that made him appear far younger than he really was, he was nicknamed, "The Kid".

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.