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Who Are The Five Biggest Poker Winners From Oklahoma?
The state of Oklahoma may be best known for its NBA franchise Oklahoma City Thunder but it also has a serious pedigree when it comes to poker players. The five biggest live poker tournament players from Oklahoma have almost $22.3 million in winnings between them. They have nine World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets to brag about too.
Ben Lamb: The Biggest Live MTT Winner From Oklahoma
Ben Lamb was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but he has a Las Vegas home also. Lamb turned professional in 2004 and has racked up more than $13 million in live tournament winnings. The 35-year old has an additional $1.2 million in online poker tournament earnings.
Lamb prefers high stakes cash games to tournaments despite his success in the latter. A 14th place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event netted Lamb $633,022. This was his first six-figure haul and remained his largest cash for two years.
A stellar 2011 WSOP put Lamb and Oklahoma onto the poker map. He cashed five times with four of those cashes being final table appearances. He won the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for a career-best $814,436. His third-place finish in the Main Event blew that prize out of the water as it awarded Lamb $4,021,138.
Lamb still grinds today, mixing travelling the world with crushing at poker. What a life!
Berry Johnston: The Oklahoma Legend
Berry Johnston is another poker grinder who swapped Oklahoma for Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnston is a living legend who aged 85-years-old is unlikely to add to his $3.5 million in live cashes.
Johnston is best known for winning the 1986 WSOP Main Event but he has four other bracelets. He won one in the $2,500 Match Play event in 1983 and another in a $2,500 Limit Hold’em tournament in 1990. Johnston triumphed in the $1,500 Limit Omaha event in 1995 and in the $1,500 Razz in 2001.
The legend last cashes at the WSOP in Vegas in 2016. He holds the record of cashing in at least one event for 29 consecutive years! The Poker Hall of Fame inducted Johnston in 2004 and rightly so.
Calvin Anderson: The Online Superstar From Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma is where Calvin Anderson grew up but he’s now a Las Vegas resident. You’ll often find Anderson located in Mexico as he is one of online poker’s biggest crushers.
Anderson has almost $2.4 million in live tournament cashes, a figure helped by securing two bracelets. His first came in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event in 2004 for $190,538. Bracelet #2 came four years later in the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220.
Live prowess aside, Anderson is best known for his online poker dominance. PocketFives ranked Anderson, who plays as “Cal42688”, number one in the world in 2013. He has racked up more than $7.7 million in cashes thanks to excelling in all formats. Anderson is into double victories when it comes to PokerStars SCOOP festival titles. The man is incredible.
Jordan Morgan: Will He Stay Retired?
Jordan Morgan of Muldrow, Oklahoma was one of online poker earliest stars. Everyone knew his “iMsoLucky0” alias which he used to win more than $1.2 million from tournaments.
Morgan shone in online and live cash games before racking up some impressive live MTT scores. He locked up $405,072 for a runner-up finish in a $10,000 tournament in 2006. He secured a WSOPC ring in 2007 in Tunica, which came with $216,852 in prize money. Morgan’s career highlight, however, is his bracelet win in 2014. Morgan won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for a career-best $478,102.
He referred to himself as being semi-retired from poker when he won his bracelet. Morgan cashed again in 2015 but hasn’t been seen playing poker since. Will he remain retired?
William Berry: A True MTT Grinder
Norman, Oklahoma is where William Berry calls home although he’s hardly there judging by his list of results. Berry has racked up 163 recorded live cashes from August 2013 to March 2020, an average of two per month for 6.5 years!
Money earned from those cashes equates to $1,654,995 with four of them weighing at six-figures. The largest of those prizes is worth $243,330. This was berry’s reward for a runner-up finish at the 2019 WPT Choctaw Main Event. Berry has two WSOPC rings, the latest coming in 2017 and awarding a $180,806. Making that victory sweeter was it took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.