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Magic – The Gathering: David Williams

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Coming from a college background including Princeton and Southern Methodist University, David Williams an active World Poker Tour Professional, Professional Poker Tour Participant, and Card Player Magazine cover story. 

Before becoming a professional poker player, David, now 25 years old, was an avid "Magic" player, a game that is only played one-on-one.

Within the last year, David Williams has truly established himself as an important part of the professional poker tour landscape. With Two Second Place finishes in key tournaments, the Borgata Poker Open and the World Series of Poker No Limit Hold'em Poker Championship, David Williams proves his tournament mettle. David Williams is one of the World Poker Tour's "Young Guns" and has been featured in Playboy and ALL IN Magazines as the Future of Poker.

The young gun poker pro does a good job of concealing it with his good looks, stylish clothes, sunglasses and aggressive approach to card play. But he's the first to admit that he loves science and math, was a compulsive university student with a 4.0 GPA, and enjoys the Discovery Channel and playing the not-so-chic card game "Magic: The Gathering" – a fantasy-based strategy card game where players attack each other using tactics available in their deck of Magic cards, which include creatures and spells. He was a natural and eventually became a top-ranked Magic player competing in tournaments around the world. 


 

David Williams has had numerous big cashes since bursting onto the poker scene, but the $1.5 million firt-place prize-money, along with a WPT Championship, clearly reestablishes Williams as one of the best poker players in the world. In 2004, while playing at the Bodog.com poker room, Williams won a seat at the World Series of Poker. There the unknown player made it to the final table of the WSOP main event and caught the attention of the professional poker world by placing second to Greg "Fossilman" Raymer and winning $3.5 million. It was the best ever WSOP finish for an African-American player.

Just four months later, David Williams proved he was no fluke by placing second at the World Poker Tour Borgata Open, winning an almost $600,000 pot. That same year he earned his inaugural first-place tournament finish at the Limit Hold'em Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas where he picked up a $121,000 pot. He continued tournament play into 2005, but failed to make any final tables at the WSOP.

However, by 2006, Williams was a final-table fixture, regularly picking up six-figure pots. At the WPT No-Limit Hold'em main event at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars in San Jose, he earned $280,000 for his fourth-place finish. He claimed the H.O.R.S.E. event of the 2006 WSOP Circuit Series at Caesars Las Vegas for $91,250 and another fourth-place spot in a WPT main event that year handed him $221,958.

"I guess you could say I have this cool guy image, but deep inside, I'm a geek,” David Williams said. Like many who play both, he has asserted that the two are for different purposes:he plays Magic to have fun, and poker to make money.

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