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Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson
Nationality: United States
Nickname: Jesus
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Biography

Chris Ferguson got the nickname “Jesus” because of his long brown hair and beard. A quiet player at the table, Chris often plays in such a way that makes his mannerisms almost unreadable by his opponents. Behind the sunglasses and underneath the cowboy hat and long hair lies one of the toughest competitors in the game.

Intro

Ferguson was born in Los Angeles, California in 1963. He started playing poker at the age of 10 and brought his game to the online felt as soon as it appeared on the IRC. He started playing live tournaments in 1993, and in 2000 he won his first WSOP bracelet. In fact he brought home two bracelets that year as he first took down the $2,500 7 Card Stud event and then ended up winning the 2000 WSOP Main Event for $1.5 million.

Background

He attended UCLA and earned a Ph.D. in computer science. After completing his schooling, Chris worked somewhat as a consultant while playing poker. A strong understanding of the mathematics of poker along with his knowledge of game theory allowed Chris to take a very analytical approach to the game and have much success in doing so.

World Series of Poker

Having cashed in multiple World Series events before winning his first bracelet, Chris’ first piece of WSOP gold came when he won a Seven-Card Stud Event in 2000. After doing so, he cashed in a couple more events that same year before besting T.J. Cloutier to win the Main Event for $1.5 million. In total, Ferguson holds five WSOP bracelets.

Chris Ferguson's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2000$2,500 7 Card Stud1st$151,000
2000$10,000 Main Event1st$1,500,000
2001$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better1st$164,735
2003$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split1st$123,680
2003$2,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em - 1/2 Seven Card Stud1st$66,220

World Poker Tour

Although Ferguson has been a regular on the WPT circuit for many years, he has yet to win the title. His best attempt to collect WPT honors was the sixth place finish at the L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Main Event in 2009. He has three more final tables to his record and a total of 11 WPT money finishes.

Chris Ferguson's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2005L.A. Poker Classic World Poker Tour Invitational4th$15,000
2009L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Main Event6th$240,538
2003Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event9th$23,175
2005Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Main Event9th$132,095
2005Festa Al Lago IV $10,000 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship11th$34,485

European Poker Tour

Despite his success at the WSOP, WPT and other American poker circuits, Ferguson didn't do as good on the European soil. He has only one EPT cash to his name which he scored in 2009 at the EPT London Main Event. Ferguson finished the tournament in 37th place for £14,200.

Other Achievements

Another tournament that has been good to Chris is the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. In 2005, he finished second to winner Phil Hellmuth. One year later, Ferguson placed second again. This time is was to Ted Forrest. Two years after that, in 2008, Chris made it back to the finals and this time made sure to win his final match against Andy Bloch and take home the title.

Chris has also found himself in the winners’ circle at WSOP Circuit events having won the Harrah’s Rincon WSOP-C event and the Harrah’s Las Vegas WSOP-C event both in 2005. In 2007, Chris also captured a Circuit ring for winning the Harvey’s Casino WSOP-C event.

Sponsorship

In 2004 Chris Ferguson along with a number of other poker players founded the Full Tilt Poker online poker site. Ferguson was the mastermind behind the site's online software which by many players was considered the best in the industry. Ferguson was also a director and a representative of the site as well as a member of Team Full Tilt.

Did you know?

  • Ferguson turned $1 into more than $20,000 playing poker online in just over six months as a personal challenge. He is also known to have turned $0 into $10,000 playing on Full Tilt Poker.
  • He has the skill of throwing playing cards fast enough to cut through fruit.

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Event Place Prize
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #80: People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]
9th $14404
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #78: $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
116th $2951
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD
21st $85446
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #68: $500 Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em
257th $1187
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event, $5M GTD
916th $1772
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
105th $3476
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #59: $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em
78th $6411
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #58: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
71st $12511
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #55: HK$8,000 No Limit Hold'em Asia Championship, HK$8M GTD
272nd $2855
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M GTD, $1M to 1st
619th $2459
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
102nd $2626
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
77th $1546
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #26: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Grande Finale
262nd $1013
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em
216th $825
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #16: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo
26th $3507
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #15: $1,000 PLO 8-Max HR
56th $2016
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout
65th $2867
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo
133rd $796
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em
23rd €6221
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #9: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix
9th €6893
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
70th €2115
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event
313th $2762
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #66: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
5th $33948
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #62: $10,000 Razz Championship
3rd $131194
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
343rd $1704
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
69th $3269
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
20th $4843
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
90th $4667
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
62nd $2337
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
312th $1026
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
591st $3713
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
41st $2262
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
92nd $2328
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
22nd €3518
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #6: €1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em
23rd €2878
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em
74th €1738
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
27th €1418
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #2: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Deepstack
17th €3726
2018 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em
150th €1515
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
137th $4021
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
53rd $8701
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #68: $1,000 + 111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
328th $2493
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
13th $25695
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
78th $2857
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
4th $161371
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
31st $3777
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
109th $2641
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
112th $2255
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
4th $29999
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
249th $927
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em
170th $2334
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
48th $3721
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
1st €39289
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha
29th €3215
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #4: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
26th €2771
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty Hunter
36th €1302
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #74: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em
96th $3997
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
2nd $151700
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
241st $2494
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
277th $3611
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
96th $3410
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
4th $150929
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
855th $2496
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
12th $22396
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
43rd $15516
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
49th $2795
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo BOUNTY
135th $1374
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
118th $4068
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
117th $4594
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #18: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
87th $2627
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
449th $4129
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #11: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
44th $2335
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $2,500 Mixed Event
48th $4573
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
75th $2847
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
30th $16607
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 43 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
50th $3341
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 28 - $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys
10th $69433
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 25 - $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em World Championship
51st $14438
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 5 - $2,500 Omaha/ 7 Card Stud Hi Lo
4th $50391

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