Pokercast Episode 50 - Stu Ungar Special
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week on Pokercast Mike and Adam mark the ten year anniversary of the passing of Stu "The Kid" Ungar with a special program honoring the memory of this poker legend. Billy Baxter, Mike Sexton and Nolan Dalla are all featured on the program and share some great stories about their old friend Stuey. Also talked about on the program was the 60 Minutes coverage of the online cheating scandals which recently aired after weeks of delays. Mason Malmuth and Serge Ravitch are featured on the program sharing their thoughts on this hot topic. Mike and Adam also talk some tournament news, forum static and of course give away the password for the December 7th Poker Stars VIP Club freeroll. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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William E. Baxteris a professional poker player from Augusta Georgia. Baxteris was born in 1940. On the return trip of his 1975 honeymoon, Baxter landed in Las Vegas where he lived with his new bride for the better part of a year as a professional poker player. It was during this era that he met other legends of the game Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson and Stu Ungar.
Baxter’s career highlights include 7 WSOP bracelets, 28 WSOP cashes, 1 WPT final table and 8 WPT cashes. Baxter is perhaps most well known for staking Stu Ungar in his victory of the 1997 WSOP and the landmark case of “William E. Baxter vs. the United States” that saw poker income classified as “earned income.”
Baxter’s bracelets are entirely in the lowball games of Razz, 2-7 and California Lowball.
According to the Hendon Mob Poker Database, Baxter’s live tournament winnings exceed $2.3 million. Learn more about Billy Baxter
Nolan Dalla is poker and gambling author from Dallas TX. A reported gambler “since childhood”, he worked his way through a political science degree at the University of Texas, followed by a Masters degree in Public Policy administration at University of Texas – Arlington before working on a US Senate Committee in Washington, DC.
Dalla is the media relations director of the World Series of Poker and a respected poker author. In addition to a long list of poker and gambling articles published in Gambling Times, Card Player, Poker Digest, Poker Pages, Poker Player, and The Intelligent Gambler, Dalla is the author of One of a Kind, Stu Ungar’s biography. Learn more about Nolan Dalla
Mason Malmuth received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1973 from Virginia Tech and completed a master’s from the same program in 1975. While working for the United States Census Bureau in 1979, Mason stopped overnight in Las Vegas while driving to his new assignment in California. He was immediately fascinated by the games and gambling immediately became his major interest. After arriving in California he discovered that poker was legal and began playing in some of the public card rooms as well as taking periodic trips to Las Vegas where he would play both poker and blackjack. In 1981 he relocated to Los Angeles for The Northrop Corporation where he was employed as a mathematician, at which time he pursued his interest in poker in the public card rooms in Gardena, Bell Gardens, and Commerce.
His company, Two Plus Two Publishing has sold over 1.5 million books and currently has 35 titles to its credit with more on the way. These books are recognized as the best in their field and are thoroughly studied by those who take gambling seriously. Mason's latest book "Real Poker Psychology" is available now! Learn more about Mason Malmuth
Serge Ravitch is a lawyer from New York City, NY turned professional poker player. Primarily an online tournament specialist, Serge (along with Michel Josem) helped to uncover the Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet cheating scandals in 2007.
Serge posts on 2+2 under the handle “adanthar” and is a video instructor with CardRunners.com Learn more about Serge Ravitch
Mike Sexton, born September 22, 1947, is a professional poker player and commentator from Shelby, IN. Sexton attended Ohio State University where he was a gymnast and earned a degree in public recreation after switching from a business major. Sexton served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1970, followed by a short career as a salesman, which he end when he realized he was making more playing poker. He has concentrated fulltime on poker since 1977.
Sexton is most visible as the host of the World Poker Tour. He has a founding role and works as a spokesperson for PartyPoker.com. He’s commonly referred to as the “ambassador of poker” for his contributions to poker and for raising the profile of the game.
Sexton earned a WSOP bracelet in 1989 at the 7-Card Stud Split event, has 46 WSOP final tables, and finished 12th in the WSOP Main Event in 2000. Hendon Mob lists $3.8 million in live tournament earnings for Sexton. Learn more about Mike Sexton