Brandon Adams Brandon Adams is the author of Broke: A Poker Novel and the coauthor (with Brian Finn) of The Story of Behavioral Finance. He's a regular in high-stakes cash games. He made the final table of the 2005 Tournament of Champions and the 2006 $10k Circuit Event in Tunica.
Brandon is a doctoral student at Harvard. He teaches a popular course in behavioral finance to Harvard undergraduates. He's a regular columnist for Bluff Magazine.
Bob Bright Bob Bright earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and then spent several years as an executive for Johns-Manville Corporation. In 1974 he quit his job, packed up family, and moved to Las Vegas. His dream was to become a Professional Blackjack Card Counter. In the next 3-4 years he earned significant amounts from the casinos which resulted in him being “barred” from many venues. He then joined the Pacific Stock Exchange and began trading computer modeled option strategies (many of which he designed himself from his blackjack math models).
Today, Bob is a well respected man of the finance world. He owns a very profitable trading company and employs several well known poker pros. He considers himself a student of the game of poker and loves to play against the best players in the world.
Chad Brown Chad Brown began his poker career at the age of 15, playing in Italian cafes in the Bronx, New York. In 1990, he moved to L.A. with dreams of becoming an actor. Fully prepared to find employment as a bartender or waiter, Chad was pleased to discover the various legal poker rooms in southern California. He was quickly making a very comfortable living playing cash games and discovering a knack for tournaments. His various poker successes to lead him down an unexpected path to fame and fortune.
Chad has proven himself a top player among poker professionals. His cashes in tournaments alone exceed $1.6 million. In 2002 he won the Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic stud eight-or-better event. In 2004 he won the L.A. Poker Classic stud tournament, and later that year placed second in the World Series of Poker seven-card stud event.
Todd Brunson Todd Brunson is the son of poker legend Doyle Brunson. After spending three years studying law at Texas Tech, Todd announced to his family that he was dropping out to become a poker player. At 21 Todd won his first big tournament, proving that he had the skills to play on a professional level. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2005
Todd's dominance in stud eight-or-better led his legendary father to select him to write that section of his book Super System II. He lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife
Hoyt Corkins Hoyt learned to play poker during after school session with his father. Hoyt’s credits his father’s "no fear" style as the single thing that helped him win a 1992 World Series of Poker Championship in Pot-Limit Omaha. After his win, Hoyt left the game of poker. He returned to his native Alabama and raised cattle. He remained absent from the tables until the early 2000’s, when he finally resurfaced and quickly re-established himself as an elite professional.
Hoyt’s passions are poker and his cattle. He lives his life between his home in Vegas and his ranch in Alabama. He also enjoys public speaking at Corporate Events.
Dan Harrington Dan Harrington is a legend. He was born in Cambridge, Mass and went to law school at Suffolk University. Dan first broke into the poker scene in 1987 when he entered the WSOP Main Event and came in 6th place. In 1995 he won the WSOP Main Event and made the final table in 2003 and 2004.
Dan is a bankruptcy attorney, a poker player, a master chess and domino champion, and a writer. His “Harrington on Hold’em” tournament books are absolutely essential to anyone who takes poker seriously. Dan has earned over $4.8 Million Dollars in tournament wins.
Tony Korfman Mr. Korfman has held executive posts at various hotel and casinos including Gold Strike Inn & Casino in Boulder City, Western Village in Mesquite, Nevada, the Hilton Hotel, the Dunes Hotel, and the Flamingo Hilton. He has written numerous books on the subject of gambling including “Poker: Playing to Win” and “Tournaments, Cash Games and Embarrassing Social Gas”.
Jeff Lipton Jeff is a private investor and real estate agent. He is the co-founder of Anchor Loans with business partner “Action” Dan Harrington. Dan taught him how to play Texas Hold’em and the lessons have certainly paid off! Jeff lives in Southern California with his wife and children.
Danny Pugliese Danny Pugliese was born in Brooklyn NY. He has been playing poker since his teens. Now a resident of NoHo, Danny spends time at the tables in Los Angeles’ Commerce Casino and playing in Las Vegas tournaments.
Adam Richardson Adam was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up California. He made a name for himself in the poker world with a final table finish at the 2005 WPT Legends of Poker playing in a field of 839 entrants.
In addition to playing poker, Richardson owns three technology startup companies and invests in real estate.
Vanessa Rousso In 2001, Vanessa graduated Valedictorian of her high school in Wellington, Florida, She accepted a scholarship to attend Duke University and graduated with honors after only two and a half years. She earned a bachelors degree with a major in economics and a minor in political science. While at Duke, her studies in economics focused heavily on game theory, to which she attributes much of her poker playing success.
In one year of play on the WSOP and WPT circuits, Vanessa has risen through the ranks to become one of the top-five ranked women this year and one of the top-twenty female money earners of all time. She has made four final tables on the circuits, and at twenty-two she became the youngest woman to final table in a WSOP circuit event.
David Williams David finished second in the 2004 WSOP Main Event, winning 3.5 million dollars. He is an active World Poker Tour Professional "Young Guns" and has been featured in Playboy and ALL IN Magazines as the Future of Poker.