Stu Ungar
December 17th, 2012 by Miranda

The primary reason why Stu Ungar switched from gin rummy to poker was that Stu was a bit too good at it. So good in fact, that no one was able equal him. Even the so-called experts who were supposed to be the greatest at gin were beat when they faced Mr. Ungar. One of these gin rummy masters was Harry Stein, nicknamed, "Yonkie". Mr. Stein was handed such a crushing beating at the hands of stu that he allegedly quit playing it as a pro and never showed up at a gin tournament.

Accordingly, with a honor like that it wasn’t long before everyone became weary of betting against Stu Ungar. He couldn’t find any matches and in his agony he began doing something no one had done prior. Stu issued starting handicaps to potential competitors in the wish that they might compete opposed to him if they thought they had an advantage. He at will started from a bad position and one account has it that stu even played with a constant cheater. Amid the contest, he get warnings that the cheater was at it one more time but Stu Ungar guaranteed that he deduced of the dishonestly and he would still come away with a win, which he did, of course.

The same trend followed Stu Ungar to sin city. He won so much that the casinos started asking him not to compete in their respective premises anymore. The reason was that other casino visitors refused to be seated at the poker table if he were seated.

Stu Ungar is recalled more for his abilities in texas hold’em poker but he always said that he was much more skilled at gin rummy.

He defeated Doyle Brunson in the World Series of Poker in 1980 and became the youngest world champion. Because of his features that made him appear far younger than he was, he was nicknamed, "The Kid".

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