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Who Are The Five Biggest Poker Winners From Oregon?
Oregon is the home to four of the United States’ ultra-prominent summits. The Beaver State is where dozens of poker’s best players call home, too. There must be something in the Oregon air that makes the state’s players so good at this game.
Everyone in the top 10 all-time money listing has over $1 million in winnings. The top five players, who you’re about to discover, have combined winnings of $22,277,539, which is most impressive.
Who are Oregon’s biggest live poker tournament winners? This quintet of stars.
Seth Davies, the $8.6 Million Man From Oregon
Seth Davies hails from Bend, Oregon and is the state’s biggest winner by far. Davies has accumulated $8,616,516 in winnings and is showing now signs of slowing down.
Davies’ first recorded live cash came in June 2010 at The Venetian. He finished 20th in a $550 No-Limit Hold’em event for $1,847. Davies is more accustomed to playing in tournaments costing 100-times that buy-in these days.
2016 was Davies breakout year thanks to netting $973,247. That huge year spurred him on to bigger and better things and he soon became a regular in the Super High Roller events around the world.
Davies won $1,671,401 in 2018 thanks, in part, to a $352,500 score at the Poker Masters. The following year was even more spectacular with the Oregon man winning $4,175,684. His fifth-place in the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas resulted in a $1,020,000 score. Nine other six-figure scores, including an $827,285 prize for a third-place exit in the $10,400 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic helped put Davis on the poker map.
James Romero of Portland, Oregon
James Romero was a relatively unknown quantity when he made the trip from Portland, Oregon to Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2016. Romero bought into the $10,400 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic alongside 790-opponents. Fast-forward a few days and Romero was the last man standing, the newest WPT champion. The victory came with a $1,938,118 payout, which is, unsurprisingly, still Romero’s biggest haul.
Romero struggled to reproduce that incredible form during 2017 but he’s won at least $750,000 every year since. Last year could have been the best on record for Romero because he started fast out of the block before COVID-19 put paid to any live poker plans.
He finished third the partypoker MILLIONS UK Main Event for $420,000 in January 2020. He won the $25,500 partypoker MILLIONS South America Super High Roller for $325,000 in February. We wish 2020 could have continued as normal because Romero looked unstoppable. He now has $4,767,508 in live cashes.
Annie Duke Ranks Third Despite Not Cashing For a Decade
Annie Duke was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire but resides in Portland, Oregon. She has an impressive $4,270,548 in live poker tournament winnings, placing her third in Oregon and fourth in the women’s all-time chart. This is extremely impressive considering Duke last cashed in an event in 2011.
Duke won a WSOP bracelet in 2004 in the $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event. Winning that tournament gifted Duke entry to the Tournament of Champions. She won that, too, for a cool $2,000,000!
The later part of Duke’s poker career was shrouded in controversy. People didn’t like the fact she is Howard Lederer’s sister. Nor were they happy about her defending the now-defunct Ultimate Bet during its cheating scandal. Regardless, you cannot argue with Duke’s impressive poker resume.
George Wolff Enjoys Recent Success
George Wolff occupies fourth-place in the Oregon all-time money listing thanks to his recent successes. Wolff has $2,677,460 in winnings with almost $2.3 million of that total coming in the past two years.
The man from Portland, Oregon won $168,936 for a runner-up finish in a $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw event at the 2019 WSOP. Two more six-figure prizes followed Wolff’s trip to the United Kingdom for the British Poker Open.
Wolff secured the largest live cash of his career in Australia at the 2020 Aussie Millions. He finished second in the AU$25K Challenge for the equivalent of $566,744.
Five-Time WSOPC Ring Winner Maxwell Young
Maxwell Young hails from Charleston, South Carolina but it is Seaside, Oregon where he calls home. Young is a regular on the WSOP Circuit and it is easy to see why when you look at his results. Much of his $1,945,509 in earnings stem from these events.
Young has five WSOPC rings to his name, including two from winning Main Events. Young shines in low-to-mid stakes tournaments and it will be interesting to see if he takes any shots in higher stakes games when live poker returns to normal.