Bobby Baldwin

One of the earliest celebrity professional poker players, Baldwin was the first youngest every winner of WSOP, which he achieved in 1977. The 1970s were his heyday and he was only in his 20s at the time. He decided to retire playing professionally ...

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Tiger Woods

Born in California in 1975, Eldrick Tont Woods was nicknamed ‘Tiger’ by his US Army Officer father – who gave him the moniker in honour of one of his own fallen comrades. His father was also the man who taught him to play ...

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Wayne Rooney

Now the captain for both Manchester United, and the England international football squad, Wayne Rooney had outstanding talent from a very young age. At just 9 years old he caught the attention of Everton football club’s scouts when he scored 99 goals in ...

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Don Johnson

Recessions provide many people with an opportunity to break through into a successful career – though it’s not particularly easy, it requires a canny attitude. It is arguable that professional gambling experienced a golden age in 2008 and it led to the rise ...

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Ray Romano

Best known for his semi-autobiographical sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano was born and raised in New York – and formed a comedy troupe with his friends at the age of just 16. But the real start of his comedy career didn’t come ...

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Cathy Hulbert

The world’s greatest female professional gambler is not a title given out lightly – but Hulbert has earned it. She began playing blackjack while at university but it remained a hobby after she graduated and entered into the world of work. Feeling uninspired ...

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Akio Kashiwagi

Known as “The Warrior”, he was one of gambling’s most colourful characters; Kashiwagi was an incredibly rich yet secretive man. Owner of a real estate company in Tokyo, it seemed unlikely to many people that he had made his fortune from that simply ...

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