More recently in 2008 Chris Ferguson won the world heads up championship, an event he had made the final table in three times no less in just four years, chris also went on to finnish third in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em event and second in the $5K World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo event at the wsop.
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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (born April 11, 1963, in Los Angeles, California) is a professional poker player.
Chris Ferguson attended UCLA where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science (focusing on artificial intelligence) in 1999 after five years as an undergraduate and 13 years as a graduate student. His Ph.D. advisor was Leonard Kleinrock. Ferguson's parents have doctorate degrees in mathematics and his father, Thomas Ferguson, teaches game theory at UCLA.
Chris Ferguson was playing poker before age 10. In college he honed his skill on IRC playing poker for play money in chat rooms. In 1994 he began playing in tournaments in California and in 1995 entered his first World Series of Poker. Ferguson beat T. J. Cloutier at the main event of the 2000 WSOP to win the $1.5 million prize.
Chris Ferguson finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth Jr in the 2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He made the final again in 2006, but again finished second, this time to Ted Forrest.
Chris Ferguson is nicknamed "Jesus" because of his trademark long brown hair and beard. On television some interesting factlets about him have been revealed, including his presidency of a swing dancing club at UCLA as well as his ability to throw playing cards fast enough to cut through bananas, pickles, carrots and even watermelons.
Chris Ferguson is part of the design team for Full Tilt Poker, an online poker web site that opened in July 2004, Infact chris now plays an active part in helping produce the software players expect from a quality online poker room.
As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,800,000.