Stu Ungar is considered by most to the greatest No Limit Texas Holdem Poker player ever.
The three times World Poker Champion was born in New York in 1953 and started playing poker before reaching his teens.
The young gambler started out playing gin and at age 10 had won his first gin rummy tournament, while on vacation with his parents. By age 14 the small poker maestro had turned professional and dropped out of college.
In 1954 Stu Ungar entered the record books by winning $10,000 in a gin rummy tournament without losing one hand, a record which still stands in New York today.
The fast talking wiz kid was compared, in poker terms, to sporting greats like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Stu Ungar had a real knack for playing poker but despite his successes in Texas holdem poker, he preferred playing gin.
Stu once said that there might some day be a better No Limit Texas Holdem player than him but he couldn’t see how anybody could ever be a better gin player.
In 1980 Stu Ungar was set on the world map as one of the finest Texas Holdem Poker players in the world when he was crowned World Poker Champion for the first time. Extraordinarily it had been the first time he’d entered the tournament.
The next year he dismissed any suggestions that it was a fluke, by successfully defending his crown. And in 1997 Stu set the record by winning his third World poker tournament.
However, this poker legend fought with drug abuse and a year after winning his third title Stu Ungar past away in his hotel room. According to doctors, he had died from a heart attack that was caused by his lifestyle.
Stu Ungar had started with nothing but his skill and talent for the sport that made this poker great a millionaire many times over.