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Who Are The Biggest Winning Poker Players From Ohio?
There are some American states that have a knock of producing excellent poker players. Ohio is one of them.
The Buckeye State of Ohio is the seventh most populous in the U.S. and thousands of its population love nothing more than grinding out some poker. The five biggest winning Ohio live tournament players have $63,769,286 in winnings. Several bracelet winners are found in the top 20 winners too.
Let us check out which legitimate poker stars hail from Ohio.
David Peters is the Biggest Winner From Ohio
David Peters hails from Toledo, Ohio, but he’s rarely there these days. Peters lives in Costa Rica for large periods of the year where he grinds online poker. He has more than $6.2 million in online MTT winnings and a ridiculous earning total live. Peters’ live winnings weigh in at $33,737,539, enough for seventh on the all-time money listing.
Watching Peters in action is like watching a master craftsman. He is methodical, rarely shows emotion, and wins pot after pot. Peters has 10 results worth at least $1 million! A massive $2,699,752 is the largest of these seven-figure scores. This was his reward for a runner-up finish in the Triton Super High Roller in the Philippines in 2016.
That year was great for Peters because he won his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 NLHE event. Bracelet number two came online in the 2020 WSOP at GGPoker. You can bet your bottom dollar more gold bracelets are heading Peters’ way.
Byron Kaverman Lives in California But Ohio is His Home
Byron Kaverman was born in Fort Jennings, Ohio, but now resides in San Diego, California. Kaverman forged a poker career in the online world before focussing on live poker. He still competes online, but only on rare occasions.
It must be something in the Ohio waters because, like Peters, Kaverman is a methodical player. Sometimes a little too methodical because he takes a long time to act. It works for him because he has $15,433,686 in winnings, including a $2,000,000 score. That came from his fifth-place finish in the 2018 Big One For One Drop, which he paid $1,000,000 to enter!
Kaverman’s last live tournament before COVID-19 destroyed the live circuit, came at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. He won the $25,500 High Roller for $225,955.
Keven Stammen’s Online Poker Career Ended When He Stayed in Ohio
Keven Stammen, affectionately known as “Stamdogg” was one of online poker’s stars. The PocketFives website ranked him third in the world in 2011. Stammen tends to focus on live poker these days as he stayed in Ohio after Black Friday hit.
His $6,117,465 in winnings place him third in the Ohio all-time money list. The $1,350,000 Stammen collected for his WPT Borgata Spring Poker Open victory is still his largest-ever prize.
Stammen is one of a handful of Ohio residents with a WSOP bracelet on his resume. His came in 2009 when he triumphed in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event and netted $506,786.
Jacob Bazeley is Cincinnati’s Superstar
Jacob Bazeley burst onto the scene in 2011 and put Cincinnati, Ohio on the poker map. Bazeley became a regular in the WSOP Circuit events and everyone knew of his talent. He won two WSOP-C rings and came close to bagging several more. He also finished as a runner-up in a $1,500 NL Hold’em event, narrowly missing out on a bracelet.
2015 was Bazeley’s best year thanks to winning $1,156,772. The bulk of that prize money came from winning a $3,500 Main Event at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open ($568,687) and a third-place finish in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main Event.
Bazeley is still active on the WSOP circuit and will win more titles, that is for sure.
David “Chip” Reese is a True Poker Legend
The late David “Chip” Reese was born and raised in Centerville, Ohio and is a legitimate legend. Reese is widely regarded as being the greatest cash game player ever.
He excelled in tournaments despite his cash game prowess. Three WSOP bracelets are highlights of a long and illustrious career. One of those bracelets was for winning the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. That tournament evolved into the Poker Players Championship and its trophy is named after Reese.
Reese passed away in December 2007 and is immortalized in the Poker Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1991, becoming the youngest-ever inductee. Nobody under the age of 40 is eligible for induction these days, something known as the Chip Reese Rule.