Poker Legend – Billy Baxter
Birthdate: 1940 Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA Resides: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Poker legend Billy Baxter was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in the second half of 2006.
Baxter famously staked fellow professional Stu Ungar in tournament play between 1990 and Ungar’s death in 1998.
Baxter’s ownership of a casino in Augusta led to several run-ins with the law, and he even served about 9 months in the early 1980s, following local government and FBI raids on the casino.
Baxter has raised his legendary status even further in recent years: having turned his attentions to Texas Hold’em events he continues to cash regularly at tournaments, despite being a Lowball specialist for so long.
Baxter also famously fought – and beat – the IRS, in an effort to have poker winnings reated as earned income.
World Series of Poker Billy Baxter
Baxter won the last of his 7 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in 2002, when he triumphed in the $1 500 Razz event.
All of Billy Baxter’s bracelets have come in Lowball events and 5 of these have come in Deuce to Seven Draw events: in the $1 000 buy-in event in 1975; the $10 000 buy-in event in 1978 and 1982; and the $5 000 buy-in event in 1987 and 1993.
Baxter’s other bracelet came at the 1982 World Series of Poker, in the $2 500 Ace to Five Draw Lowball event.
Billy Baxter has cashed a total of 25 times at the World Series of Poker and his highest finish at the WSOP Main Event came in 1997, when he placed 22nd.
This poker legend continues to play poker professionally despite rapidly approaching his 70th birthday.
Billy Baxter’s total live poker tournament earnings to date exceed $1 725 000.