Five Big Poker Winners Who Call Kansas Home

These are five of the biggest live poker tournament players from the state of Kansas

Kansas City Chiefs take on Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl this weekend so what better way to prepare than by looking at the five biggest live poker tournament players who call Kansas home.

Kansas has that many tornadoes some call the state Tornado Alley. It’s top poker players know how to tear up the felt!

The top five winners from Kansas have $12,135,541 in earnings between them. They have four WSOP bracelets among their many achievements, too. Who are those five poker stars? Keep reading and find out.

Brandon Steven is Number One in Kansas

Kansas businessman Brandon Steven

Brandon Steven hails from Wichita, Kansas and is the number one in the Sunflower State courtesy of $3,217,155 in winnings. Steven’s biggest results stem from playing at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Steven banked a massive $621,180 in 2013 for a seventh-place finish in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. He finished 10th in the same event three years later and locked up an additional $384,425.

His biggest score weighs in at $648,000, Steven’s reward for winning a $51,000 Super High Roller at Aria, Las Vegas.

Steven hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2019. The Kansas businessman avoided a custodial sentence for his part in an illegal gambling ring. Steven paid the US Marshal’s Office almost $1.1 million, the proceeds from the crimes committed.

Kirk Morrison the Kansas Captain

Kirk Morrison has the largest single score of anyone from Kansas

Kirk “Captain” Morrison of Wichita, Kansas has live cashes dating back to 1994. A third-place finish in a $1,500 Limit Hold’em event at the 1994 WSOP is Morrison’s first recorded cash.

Morrison won his one and only bracelet in 1998 in a $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event. It is a massive haul in 2007 that put Morrison on the poker map, however. He and 638 others bought into the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic for $25,500. Morrison eventually finished second for $2,011,135!

A third-place in the £2,650 H.O.R.S.E. event at the WSOP Europe is the closes Morrison has come to winning a bracelet.

He doesn’t play as regularly as he once did and he last cashed in May 2019. Morrison now has $3,171,075 in live tournament winnings.

Brett Shaffer the Two-Time WSOP Champion

Brett Shaffer has two WSOP bracelets

Brett Shaffer of Beloit, Kansas is third in the state’s all-time money list with $2,447,407 in winnings. Shaffer is a regular at the WSOP each summer and he’s enjoyed plenty of success in Las Vegas.

Bracelet number one came in 2013 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. Shaffer banked $665,397 that day, which is still his largest live score. Shaffer didn’t have long to wait for his second bracelet; it came 12 months later. He won another $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament and scooped $418,435.

Shaffer almost became a WPT champion in December 2014. He had to make do with a third-place finish that weighed in at $562,736 in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Ray Dehkharghani Denied Jason Mercier Back-to-Back Bracelets

Ray Dehkharghani won the $10K HORSE at the 2016 WSOP

Ray Dehkharghani live in Las Vegas but used to call Kansas home. Most of his 31 live results come from grinding at the WSOP. All come from playing poker in the United States.

He famously won a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP. Dehkharghani took down the $10,000 Razz tournament and collected $273,338. He defeated Jason Mercier heads-up and denied Mercier back-to-back victories. Mericer won the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball a couple of days earlier and won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E a couple of days later.

Maxx Coleman is a WSOPC Ring Winner

Maxx Coleman has a WSOPC ring to his name

Maxx Coleman has $1,677,760 in winnings with $750,000 of that total coming from one event. The man from Derby, Kansas, won that massive prize in Thackerville in 2015. He topped a field of 1,164 in a $2,500 buy-in tournament.

Coleman became a WSOPC ring winner in 2017 at WSOPC Choctaw, Durant. Coleman triumphed in a $1,125 Pot-Limit Omaha event and scooped $43,471 in the process.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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