Stu Unger: Poker Player

The basic basis for why Mr. Ungar changed from gin rummy to poker was that he was a tiny bit too good at it. So good in fact, that no player possibly could equal him. Even the so-called professionals who were supposed to be the best at gin rummy were decimated when they faced Stu. One of these gin rummy professionals was Harry Stein, nicknamed, "Yonkie". Harry Stein suffered such a humiliating beating at the hands of stu that he evidently quit playing it professionally and never resurfaced at a gin rummy tournament.

Of course, with a distinction like that it wasn’t very long before gamblers became afraid of playing against stu. He couldn’t find any matches and in his desperation he started doing something no one had attempted prior. Stu provided beginning handicaps to potential competitors with the high hopes that they might just play against him if they believed they had an edge. He at will began from a disadvantageous position and one account has it that stu even played against a regular absconder. During the match, he received a few words of wisdom that the bad egg was at it once again but stu assured that he deduced of the fraudulent activity and he would still win, which of course, he did.

The same problem followed Stu Ungar into sin city. He won so often that the poker rooms started asking him not to gamble in their casinos anymore. The explanation why was that other poker room visitors would not sit at the poker table if Stu was playing.

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

He defeated Doyle Brunson in the WSOP in Nineteen Eighty to become the youngest world champion. Due to his features that made him seem far younger than he really was, he got the nickname, "The Kid".

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