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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.


Tex Barch 
John "Tex" Barch is a businessman and professional poker player from McKinney, Texas. He finished third in the 2005 WSOP main event. Barch is also the owner of Big Johnson's Beer Garden Bar near his home in Texas. He has a business degree from the University of Montana, and is married with two children.


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


Eric Cloutier 
Eric is a professional poker player. He resides in Lafayette LA.


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.


Dustin Dirksen 
Dustin is a huge player in the online community. He plays high stakes poker against big name players.


Layne Flack 
Layne is a professional poker player who has made several noticeable finishes at the WSOP, including winning 5 bracelets. He got the nickname "Back to Back Flack" after winning two consecutive WSOP events in 2002.


Phil Galfond 
Professional poker player from Gaithersburg, MD.


Matt Gianetti 
Matt Gianetti dropped out of UT where he was studying electrical engineering to play professional poker. Gianetti first started playing poker in January of 2004 after reading many books and studying the odds and strategies of playing poker. Matt takes his career very seriously, playing up to 70 hours each week either online or live in Las Vegas casinos.


Bill Gustafik 
Bill is a chiropractor turn poker pro. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.


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”.


Ralph Perry 
Ralph is a professional poker player from Russia. He has won 1 WSOP bracelet and 1 WPT bracelet. Ralph is usually seen playing is high stakes cash games all over the world. His wife, Merri, also plays.


Kido Pham 
Kido is a professional poker player from Viet Nam. Kido honed his skills playing in private games throughout Dallas, where he lives with his wife. When he isn't playing poker, Kido helps his wife run her dental office.


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.


Tom Schneider 
Tom is a business man and a poker player. He has recently published a book "Oops! I Won Too Much Money: Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table". Tom is from Pheonix AZ.


Kasey Thompson 
Kasey is a professional poker player and the publisher of "All In" magazine.

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