Bill Edler earned a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley and this is where he began playing poker. The game took Edler by storm and he never did make it to take his bar exam. Instead, Edler took to the poker road. He started working as a proposition player in a local casino and soon was promoted to the manager of the poker room.
As poker room manager, Edler hired a man by the name of Erick Lindgren to work as a proposition playing in the casino. The two became good friends along with Gavin Smith and Chris Bell.
Edler didn’t just boom onto the poker scene like some players have. It took him a while to build a reputation, but he worked hard at it. In 2005, he won two events at the Ultimate Poker Challenge in Las Vegas for over $90,000 combined. Just prior to that, he cashed in two WSOP events. At the WSOP Circuit in Indiana, Edler took sixth for over $70,000 and then placed third in another Ultimate Poker Challenge event for nearly $60,000.
Throughout 20096, Edler continued to grind things out and earned himself over $300,000. He still had yet to have the distinctive breakout that every poker player strives for.
The following year in 2007, Edler would break out and do so in a big way. He ran deep in some early events in the year and then took first place in a heads-up tournament for $215,000. This was followed by a seventh and a sixth in two WPT events, each worth six figures. At the WSOP that summer, Edler finally hit it big.
He found himself at the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event with Alex Bolotin, Erik Friberg, and Dutch Boyd. Edler came out on top for over $900,000, a huge score for him. In the same WSOP, Bill placed twenty-third in the Main Event for over $330,000. As if that’s not enough, he went on to win the Gulf Coast Poker Championship in Biloxi for just shy of $750,000. In total, he earned over $2.7 million in 2007.
Bill is one of the nicest guys around in poker and anyone will attest to that. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family and is a Full Tilt Pro. He has over $3.4 million in tournament earnings.