Poker Legend – Crandell Addington

Birthdate: June 2, 1938 Birthplace: Graham, Texas, USA Resides: San Antonio, Texas, USA Nickname: Dandy

Poker legend Crandell Addington enjoyed an extremely successful high-stakes poker career spanning from 1963 to his retirement in the mid-1980s. His last tournament cash came in 1990.

Addington made his millions as an entrepreneur, playing poker for fun rather than money, but he still amassed over $160 000 in live poker tournament winnings.

Addington was one of seven Texan gamblers to introduce Texas Hold’em to the state of Nevada in the 1960s and went on to win the first professional gambling event in the town of Reno, which was the precursor to the first World Series of Poker, arranged by Benny Binion in Las Vegas, 1970.

Binion also asked Crandell Addington to act as the official poker ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1985, helping to significantly boost the game’s popularity in Great Britain.

Addington, who was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2005, has been called a “No-Limit Hold’em legend” by fellow Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson, who believes Addington to be one of the greatest poker players ever.

Addington’s company, Phoenix Biotechnology, is involved in Cancer drug research.

World Series of Poker

Crandell Addington made the final table at the World Series of Poker Main Event 7 times during the 1970s.

He was runner-up twice – to Johnny Moss in 1974 and Bobby Baldwin in 1978 – finished 3rd in 1975 and claimed 4th place in both 1972 and 1976.

In 1983, he finished 10th in his eighth World Series of Poker Main Event final table appearance – a record that cemented his place as a poker legend and still stands today.