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Stu Ungar

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The main reason why Mr. Ungar changed from gin to poker was that he was a little too skilled at it. So good was he, that no one possibly could stand up to him. Even the commonly called champions who were supposed to be the best at gin were blow away when they played with Stu. One such gin rummy masters was Harry Stein, called, "Yonkie". Mr. Stein suffered such a debilitating beating at the hands of mr. ungar that he evidently quit participating in it professionally and never showed up at a gin tournament.

Accordingly, with a image like that it was not too long before players became shy of competing against Stu Ungar. He could find no matches and in his boredom he started doing something no one had done before. Stu offered beginning handicaps to likely opposing players in the wish that they might compete against him if they thought they held an advantage. He deliberately began from a disadvantageous position and one story has it that stu even competed against a consistent absconder. Mid contest, he received advice that the cheater was at it once again but stu guaranteed that he deduced of the cheating and he would still win, which he did, of course.

The same trend followed Stu Ungar to sin city. He won so frequently that the casinos began asking him not to gamble in their casinos anymore. The reasoning behind it was that other poker room players would not sit at the table if he were seated.

Stu Ungar is recalled more for his achievements in texas holdem poker but he himself always insisted that he was much more skilled at gin rummy.

He beat Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in 1980 to become the youngest world camp. Due to his looks that made him appear far younger than he really was, he was nicknamed, "The Kid".

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