Legendary Poker Player Chip Reese Dead At 56

6 Dec

One of the best poker players of the past 30 years passed away:

Reese was found by his son early Tuesday at his Las Vegas home after suffering from symptoms of pneumonia, said poker great Doyle Brunson, his longtime friend

“I knew him for 35 years, I never saw him get mad or raise his voice,” Brunson said. “He had the most even disposition of anyone I’ve ever met. He’s certainly the best poker player that ever lived.”

After attending Dartmouth College, Reese was on his way to Stanford in the early 1970s when he stopped by a Las Vegas poker room and won big, said World Series of Poker media director Nolan Dalla.

“He just accidentally stumbled into Las Vegas and never left,” Dalla said.

His immediate success at cash games and low-key persona won him friends, even among those who wound up passing him their chips.

Despite winning three World Series champion’s bracelets over the last four decades, including a $1.8 million HORSE event in 2005 that combines five poker disciplines, Reese focused on high-stakes cash games away from the limelight.

Perhaps the HORSE event should be named after Reese. Thoughts?



3 Responses to “Legendary Poker Player Chip Reese Dead At 56”

  1. The Red Tornado December 10, 2007 at 11:19 am #

    wouldnt be such a bad idea to name the HORSE event after Chip, altho, I think Doyle needs an event named after him after he passes.

  2. Michael Poker March 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Dead At 56 … too fast

  3. Books March 11, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    So sad with his dead

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