Stu is thought to be by many to the greatest No Limit Texas hold’em Poker player ever.
The three time World Poker Champ was born in New York in ‘53 and began wagering poker before reaching his teens.
The young bettor started out betting gin and at the age of ten had won his very first gin tournament, while on vacation with his parents. By the age of fourteen the small poker maestro had become a pro and stopped going to school.
In 1954 Stu Ungar entered the history books by winning $10,000 in a gin rummy tournament without dropping a single hand, a record which still appears in New York these days.
The quick speaking wiz kid has been likened, in poker terms, to sporting superstars like Joe Namath and Kobe Bryant. Stu had a true ability for betting poker but in spite of his achievements in Hold em poker, he favored playing gin.
Stu once said that there may some day be a far better NL Hold em gambler than him except he couldn’t see how anyone could ever be a far better gin player.
In ‘80 Stu Ungar was put on the global map as one of the ideal Texas hold em Poker players in the world when he was crowned World Poker Champion for the very first time. Astonishingly it was the very first time he had entered the tournament.
The right after year he dismissed any thoughts that it had been a fluke, by successfully defending his title. And in 1997 Stu set the record by winning his third World poker championship.
Except this poker legend also struggled with substance abuse and a year following succeeding his 3rd title Stu Ungar past away in his hotel room. According to doctors, he had passed away from cardiac arrest which was triggered by his lifestyle.
Stu Ungar had started with practically nothing except his skill and talent for the casino game which made this poker great a millionaire numerous times over.