This week marks the 25th anniversary of Stu Ungar’s third World Series of Poker championship.
Ungar was one of only two players in history to win poker’s world championship three times, a feat unlikely to ever happen again. Ungar’s 1997 victory against all odds was the crowning achievement of a legendary career as a professional card player and the final moment of glory in a deeply-troubled life that ended just 17 months later at age 45.
I took several photographs during that series, even though I’m a terrible photographer and we didn’t have smartphones back then (I later wrote a book on Ungar).
Most of my extensive collection of poker photos–and old programs–and WSOP stuff–and assorted poker memorabilia packed into boxes and file cabinets was trashed into a dumpster a few years ago, but the following photos surfaced inside a lost folder while I held a garage sale last weekend.
Most of these photos have never been published before:Read More
Noel Furlong died today at age 83.
Born J.J. Furlong on Christmas Day 1937, he took his unusual nickname from the holiday and then lived each day like he was opening new presents.