Poker Legend – David “Chip” Reese

March 28, 1951 – December 4, 2007 Hometown: Centerville, Ohio, USA

Nickname: Chip

Poker legend David “Chip” Reese is widely regarded as the best all-around poker player to have ever lived.

Chip Reese was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1991. At just 40 years old he was the youngest person to be given this great honour, a record he held until 2006.

After moving to Las Vegas in 1974, Reese focused on cash games rather than live tournaments. Aged 28, he began work as the card room manager at The Dunes (now the Bellagio) in Vegas, a job he held for 5 years.

Despite all of this, he still managed to accumulate more than $3.4 million in career live tournament winnings.

World Series of Poker

Despite being known mainly as a cash game specialist, Chip Reese secured 3 World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets by winning the following events:

  • The 1978 WSOP $1 000 Seven-Card Stud Split event (first prize of $19 200)
  • The 1982 WSOP $5 000 Limit Seven-Card Stud event (first prize of $92 500)
  • The 2006 WSOP $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event (first prize of just under $1.8 million)

Chip Reese’s victory at the 2006 World Series of Poker was remarkable for several reasons.

Firstly, the $50 000 buy-in was the largest ever at the World Series. It also was the longest heads-up period of play ever at the WSOP, as Reese and Andy Bloch faced off against one another for a staggering 7 hours!

His win in the H.O.R.S.E. event backed up his reputation as the best all-around poker player in the world. He beat out a final table including poker greats like his best friend Doyle Brunson, T.J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey.

His children got him back into tournament poker in 2004 and in the last 3 years of his life he cashed in 11 major tournaments including 5 events on the World Poker Tour and 4 at the WSOP… a fitting finale for the quintessential poker legend.

David Reese Trivia

  • Reese wrote the Seven-Card Stud section for Doyle Brunson’s book, Super/System.
  • Starting at the 2008 World Series of Poker, the winner of the $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event will receive the David ‘Chip’ Reese Award to commemorate this all-round poker legend.