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This site was created as a portal to Dr. John A. Gilbert. Professor Emeritus at UAHuntsville.

About the WSOP

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas; and, elsewhere across the country in circuit events. 

The origin of the WSOP can be traced back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas for a single tournament with a set start and stop time. The winner was determined by secret ballot 

Nowadays, the winner of each event receives a monetary prize based on the number of entrants and buy-in amounts.

Further information on the WSOP can be found here

Other Interests

In addition to my formal training and academic involvement, I do have other interests. I like to travel, paddle, fish, camp, ski, and roller blade; and, enjoy playing guitar, golf, racquetball, and poker.

It took me fifty years to develop sufficient analytical and money management skills to became a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Champion in 2009 after winning an Omaha Hi Lo Split Pot Limit event in Tunica, MI. In 2015, I won a Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) event in Biloxi held as part of World Poker Tour (WPT).

Nowadays, I play on both the WSOP and World Poker Tour (WPT) circuits. So far in 2017, I've cashed in two Senior no limit HoldEm events at the WSOP circuit in Cherokee, NC; cashed in $50k guaranteed, $75k guaranteed, and $100k guaranteed no limit HoldEm events in Tunica; and, placed forth in the Monster Stack no limit HoldEm event held as part of the WSOP circuit in Biloxi, MI.

I won the PLO event at the WPT in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 24, 2015 and finished 93/2937 players in Event #4 NLHE (see above photo) Cherokee, North Carolina April 17, 2015

I really enjoyed playing in the Colossus (Event No. 5) which was held in May 2015 at Las Vegas as part of the WSOP. It was, by far, the largest live poker tournament in history. I made it through 11 levels before my pocket Qs were taken down by AK off suit in an all-in pre-flop battle.

I'm also an active member of the Senior Poker Tour (SPT) where I finished third in the 2015 PLO event held in Tunica, MI. At our inaugural event  in January 2014, I made the final table and finished in the money. That's me in the blue hat and sweater standing just to the right of the dealer.

Event #1 Final Table NLHE Tunica, Mississippi January 15, 2014

I also had a blast playing with some big-time pros in the main event. In the photo below, I'm seated at the right rear of the table playing with Dennis Phillips (red hat, left foreground) and Mark Kroon (black hat with orange decal, rear center).

SPT Main Event - Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi January 16, 2014

Mark crippled my chip stack later in the tournament  when he made a lucky buy on the river to win against my dominant pair of kings. I had slightly more chips than him at that time and we were all-in after the flop.

In 2011, after winning several online tournaments on PokerStars, I was placed in the casting pool as the "Loose Cannon" in their high stakes poker series called "The Big Game.

Here is a photo from a clip from my audition for The Big Game.

Although slated to play against the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Tony G, my hopes were dashed after the site was closed to U.S. players for allegedly violating federal bank fraud and money laundering laws. 

I gave up my plans for playing in Vegas that year and headed for Tunica where I ended up playing with Tennessee resident and WSOP champion, Chris Moneymaker.  His 2003 win is said to have "revolutionized poker" because he was the "first person to become a world champion by qualifying" at an online poker site. We've played many times since them.

About the SPT

Only in poker can you find a 90 year old player competing next to another player who has just become legal to be in a card room. But  there is overwhelming evidence that seniors want to play in a field of their peers and the Senior Poker Tour (SPT) is the hottest new poker craze to hit the industry!

With the increase in population of poker players over 50, it only makes sense to cater to this segment of the poker world. SPT provides a venue to feature senior players with a traveling series filled with a wide variety of games that many grew up on.

Further information on the SPT can be found here.