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Jamie Gold: The Golden Boy Of Poker

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The history of poker hasn't seen a whole lot of Jamie Gold since he took down the biggest cash prize in the game's history, catapulting himself to the top of the all-time winner's list, but after taking a bit of time off he's back and ready to do some damage. 

From a Celebrity talent agent turned celebrity poker player, Jamie Gold is the world’s top earning poker player, with over $12 million in prize money banked thus far in his short career.





Like many other world's best poker players, Jamie Gold began his life as something entirely different - a talent agent. Through his work, he brought some of today’s big stars into the spotlight; big names such as Lucy Liu, Jimmy Fallon, and Kristin Davis once worked closely with the now-famous Gold. He began his move into the professional world by obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of New York, and continued on to begin his study of entertainment law.

At the age of 21 Jamie Gold had acquired a good reputation in the world of entertainment, and continued in his life of success by founding an entirely new talent agency, JMG Management. Through this organization’s involvement with the world of poker, Jamie Gold became acquainted with renowned poker pro Johnny Chan, who gave the young businessman a few tips about the business of professional poker.

Jamie Gold was exposed to card games from an early age. His mother was an avid poker player, while his grandfather was a top ranked gin rummy player. For many years Jamie Gold restricted his play to recreational poker, reading books on poker strategy and playing online. In 2004 Jamie Gold began participating in several poker tournament, achieving his first money finish in August of 2004. Seven months later Jamie Gold picked up his first tournament win, taking home $54,225 from the Stars and Stripes No Limit Hold ‘em Tournament


 
Jamie Gold finished in the money on another eight occasions during the course of 2005 and 2006, before landing the biggest prize in the history of professional poker. At the 2006 World Series of Poker main event, Jamie Gold easily outplayed his professional opponents and won the $12 million prize with a skillful bluff. Since taking his WSOP title, Jamie Gold has divided his time between playing poker tournament, poker charity events and running his talent agency.
 
Aside from his $12 million first place finish at the 2006 WSOP, Gold has a number of other in-the-money finishes under his belt, such as a fifth-place finish in the $300 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2006 Winnin' o' the Green at the Bicycle Casino; a seventh-place finish in the $100 No-Limit Hold'em event at Larry Flynt's Grand Slam of Poker IV at the Hustler Casino in 2005; and an eighth-place finish in the $500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 9th Annual National Championship of Poker at Hollywood Park Casino in 2005.

In the wake of his win, Jamie Gold signed a two-year endorsement and production contract with his WSOP 2006 sponsor, Bodog.com. The agreement included the standard tournament buy-ins and promotional appearances as well as a $1 million television production deal. In addition, Jamie was to host his own table on Bodog.com, where he was to play frequently with Bodog.com players. Unfortunately, the deal wasn't to last, however, as Bodog Poker dropped Jamie Gold as a spokesperson in January 2007.

Jamie Gold's style of play has sparked controversy on more than one occasion. His most famous tactic borders on illegality, and involves disclosing his hand strength to force stronger hands to fold. As a skillful bluffer with a strong, aggressive game, Jamie Gold is able to hold his own against more experienced professional poker players.

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