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Stu Ungar

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The main reason why Stu changed from gin rummy to poker was that he was a little too skilled at it. So good was he, that no one was able stand up to him. Even the so-called champions who were meant to be the greatest at gin were crushed when they competed with Stu. One of these gin rummy player was Harry Stein, nicknamed, "Yonkie". Harry Stein suffered such a crushing beating at the hands of mr. ungar that he evidently stopped competing in it as a pro and never showed up at a gin rummy tournament.

Certainly, with a reputation like that it was not too long before people became afraid of gambling against stu. He couldn't find any games and in his agony he started doing something no one had done before. He provided beginning handicaps to potential opponents with the high hopes that they may compete against him if they thought they had an edge. He deliberately started from a negative position and one tale has it that stu even competed against a regular absconder. Mid game, he get a few words of wisdom that the bad egg was at it once more but stu stated that he knew of the dishonestly and he would still come away with a win, which of course, he did.

The same trend followed Stu Ungar to Las Vegas. He won so frequently that the poker rooms started requesting that he not to wager in their casinos anymore. The reason was that other poker room clients would not sit at the poker table if he were playing.

Stu Ungar is recalled better for his abilities in texas holdem poker but he himself always insisted that he was far more accomplished at gin rummy.

He beat Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in Nineteen Eighty to become the youngest world champion. Because of his features that made him appear far younger than he was, he got the nickname, "The Kid".

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