POKER PROFESSIONAL GREG RAYMER
GREG RAYMER POKER PRO
Greg Raymer Poker Professional
Gregory (Greg) P. “Fossilman” Raymer (born 1964 in Minot, North Dakota) is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, and for the opaque holographic sunglasses that he wears during hands.
Greg Raymer moved to Lansing, Michigan when he was a few months old, then moved to Clearwater, Florida at the age of 11. After graduating from high school in St. Louis, he majored in chemistry at the University of Missouri&ndashRolla, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992. He practiced as a patent attorney for more than a decade, but no longer works as a lawyer.
Greg Raymer Poker career
After moving to Stonington, Connecticut in 1999, Greg Raymer began playing poker at Foxwoods Resort Casino while he was working as a patent lawyer for a pharmaceutical company.Raymer first finished in the money of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event during 2001 in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo split 8 or better event won by Chris “Jesus” Ferguson. The next year he could be seen in the background as Robert Varkonyi celebrated after winning the main event at the 2002 World Series of Poker.
At the 2004 World Series, Raymer defeated David Williams to win the $5,000,000 first prize in the $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em WSOP main event. (In the final hand, Raymer's 8? 8? defeated Williams' A? 4?.) Raymer received the entry fee to the tournament by winning a $160 satellite event on PokerStars, just like the 2003 winner, Chris Moneymaker.
Greg Raymer is now a representative of PokerStars, alongside Moneymaker and the 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem.Greg Raymer went on to finish in 25th place (out of 5,619 entrants) in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, earning him $304,680. This has been described by his peers as one of the most incredible achievements in poker, considering the rapidly increasing field of players in the Main Event every year. On the second-to-last day of play, Raymer held K? K? when he trapped Aaron Kanter into calling his all-in bet with Q? J?. Even though Raymer was a 4:1 favorite before the flop, Kanter came from behind to hit running hearts and win, thus crippling Raymer and effectively ending his tournament.
Greg Raymer is nicknamed “Fossilman” because of his hobby of collecting fossils. He uses a small fossil as a card protector while he plays poker. Early in his poker career he would supplement his bankroll by selling fossils to other players at his table.Aside from the World Series, Raymer plays few tournaments, choosing to spend time with his wife Cheryl and daughter Sophie instead of immersing himself in the poker circuit and the constant travel it requires.Aside from quickly becoming one of the most feared no limit hold 'em players in the world, Greg Raymer has also gained a reputation for being extremely friendly and a good conversationalist.
Raymer stated that he was allergic to alcohol during his appearance on the European Poker Tour.In 2005 he appeared on the chat show Heads Up with Richard Herring to discuss his life, career and his love of poker.In November 2005, Raymer and his family relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina.
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