WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners, Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson approaches poker in a slightly different way to the masses – in a methodical and mathematical fashion and he has volumes of knowledge and expertise to draw on. He has a PhD in computer science, both his parents have doctorates in mathematics and his father currently teaches game theory at UCLA, what more could an aspirant World Poker Champion need or want!
He uses game theory to understand poker more fully whereas the rest of us mere mortals don’t have a clue as to the dynamics behind the theory – it must be quite intimidating facing him heads-up at any final table, let alone the WSOP Main Event final table!
Although Chris is clearly a formidable foe he is also one of the most popular players with both fans and fellow poker technicians. He is quietly spoken and one of his trademarks is his ability to sit absolutely motionless during tournaments, thus giving nothing away to his opponents.
Given the nickname ‘Jesus’ because of his long hair and beard, Ferguson has captured five WSOP titles including the 2000 Main Event where he stood toe to toe with another poker legend, T J Cloutier. That has not been his only accomplishment – although he has only claimed the title twice, he has effectively monopolised the National Heads- Up Poker Championship since its inception in 2005.
He was runner-up to leading bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth in 2005, came in second to Ted Forrest in 2006 and eventually claimed the title in 2008 but he has the most wins over the four year history of the event and his overall match record is a staggering 16-3!