Birthdate: December 6, 1945 Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Resides: Santa Monica, California, USA
Nickname: Action Dan
Dan Harrington cut his teeth in poker circles as one of the members of the now-famous Mayfair Club, which during the mid- to late-1980s produced a host of top professional poker players including Howard Lederer and Erik Seidel.
Harrington is widely known to be a very conservative poker player and came up with his own nickname, “Action Dan”, which is an ironic reference to his playing style.
To date, Harrington has pocketed over $6.5 million in live tournament winnings, with over $3.5 million coming from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) alone.
World Series of Poker
“Action Dan” has to date placed in the money at the World Series of Poker a total of 9 times and is a two-time bracelet winner.
He is also a previous Main Event champion, having claimed the title of Poker World Champion and the first prize of $1 million at the 1995 World Series.
As well as his Main Event victory in 1995, Action Dan Harrington has reached the final table at the Main Event on no less than 3 other occasions, finishing 6th in 1987; 3rd at the 2003 WSOP and 4th at the 2004 WSOP, the latter result earning Harrington $1.5 million.
Harrington is one of only 5 players to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event as well as a title on the World Poker Tour (WPT), following his victory at the 2007 WPT Legends of Poker, worth over $1.6 million. The other players to have achieved this feat are: Doyle Brunson, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen and Joe Hachem.
Did You Know?
- Harrington always plays in a green Boston Red Sox baseball cap.
- Action Dan Harrington is also a state chess champion in both Massachusetts and New Jersey and a former backgammon pro (he quit the game after he won a $27 000 championship and the organiser failed to pay).