Poker Player: Stu Unger

The main reason why Mr. Ungar switched from gin to poker was that Stu was a bit too skilled at it. So skilled in fact, that no one could stand up to him. Even the apparently champions who were meant to be the best at gin were crushed when they competed with Mr. Ungar. One such gin player was Harry Stein, called, "Yonkie". Harry Stein suffered such a humiliating blow at the hands of mr. ungar that he evidently quit competing in it as a pro and never showed up at a gin tournament.

Certainly, with a honor like that it was not too long before people became weary of competing against mr. ungar. He could not find any games and in his bleakness he started doing something no one had attempted prior. He presented beginning handicaps to potential adversaries in the high hopes that they may play with him if they thought they had an edge. He at will played from a disadvantageous position and one story has it that he even competed with a consistent cheater. Mid contest, he received advice that the bad egg was at it once again but stu stated that he was aware of the cheating and he would still acquire a win, which of course, he did.

The same trend followed Stu Ungar to Las Vegas. He won so frequently that the casinos started asking him not to play in their casinos anymore. The explanation why was that other casino visitors would not sit at the table if he were playing.

Stu Ungar is remembered more for his abilities in holdem poker but he himself always insisted that he was much better at gin rummy.

He beat Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in 1980 and became the youngest world champion. Due to his features that made him appear far younger than he was, he got the nickname, "The Kid".

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