October 13, 1939
- Birthplace: Albany, Texas, USA
- Resides: Richardson, Texas, USA
TJ Cloutier Background Infortmation
Before his successes at the World
Series of Poker (WSOP), TJ Cloutier won an athletic scholarship to the
University of California, Berkeley, for American football and baseball, and
played in the Rose Bowl in 1959.
Following his US Army draft he played football for both
Toronto and Montreal in the Canadian Football League before suffering a
Cloutier quit his job working on oil rigs in Texas when he
realised that he was winning more money playing poker than he was earning.
Series of Poker
Cloutier has won 6 World Series of Poker bracelets and is the only person in WSOP history to win events in
all three types of Omaha
played at the World Series – (Pot
Limit High, Limit High and
Limit 8-or-Better High-low split).
phenomenal success at the WSOP, Cloutier has never won the WSOP Main Event. He has,
however, featured in the Top 5 on no less than four occasions, including
runner-up finishes in 1985 and 2000.
Cloutier is tied with Phil Hellmuth for the most
all-time WSOP final table finishes record, each with 39. He has cashed 54 times
and won over $4.3 million in prize money at the WSOP.
plays in World Poker Tour (WPT) events, where his highest finish to date was 3rd
place in the 2003 Legends of Poker event.
Other Poker Tournaments
featured in the Ultimate Poker Challenge, the National Heads-Up Poker
Championship, the televised
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages.
He specialises in
playing tournament poker and favours No-Limit and Pot Limit Hold’em. As of
2007, Cloutier’s total live tournament winnings come to over $9.25 million.
TJ Cloutier Trivia
was inducted into the Poker
Hall of Fame in 2006
is the co-author of four poker books with Tom McEvoy, and in May 2006
released How To Win The Championship: Hold’em Strategies For The Final
also writes for Card Player Magazine