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WSOP H.O.R.S.E. Champion Chip Reese

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Born on March 28, 1951, and originally hailing from Centerville, OH, David Edward Reese (better known as poker pro Chip Reese) was well on his way to life as a professional poker player by the time he reached the age of 6. Reese contracted rheumatic fever and was forced to stay home during his early elementary years, and during that time his mother helped him pass the time by playing board games and card games; little did she know that she was laying a foundation that Chip would build upon to become a professional poker playing millionaire.

Reese was a true student of the poker varieties and began his WSOP winning in 1979 when he took the championship in the $1,000 Seven Card Stud-Split, earning him a whopping 20 grand. His most recent win came in 2006 in the all-encompassing event known as H.O.R.S.E. – a rotation of Hold’em, Omaha 8 or better, Razz, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud 8 or better. They games are played in such an order, and Reese was the first to take the prize in the unprecedented $50,000 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. competition. In 2007 the $50,000 buy-in will make its second showing for those bold enough to put their skill to the test.

As a young man, Reese recovered fully from his childhood illness and became quite the standout during high school and college. He was a superb high school football player and was also involved in debate; that led him to Dartmouth College after he turned down the opportunity to attend another Ivy League school by the name of Harvard. He continued to excel in the world of debate and played football for one year in college, all the while enjoying card games of every variety with his fraternity buddies.

After moving to Arizona, Reese applied and was admitted to the prestigious Stanford School of Business, but around that same time he had enjoyed a first visit to Las Vegas, NV, where he made several thousand dollars in a very short amount of time. He decided that anything else could wait as he continued to ride his prosperous wave in the desert. After hitting the 6 figure mark before he would have even completed his first semester of business studies, he was sold. He considered Las Vegas home since that time, and continued to stay active in high-stakes action as well as prestigious tournament play (WSOP and WPT events).

In addition to being one of the most well-rounded players in the world of poker he also commanded the respect of all of his peers. He was part of the original Super System by Doyle Brunson, contributing his knowledge on 7 Card Stud to the best selling poker book of all time.

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