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Nicknames of Professional Poker Players

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"Texas Dolly", "Amarillo Slim", and "Treetop" are just a few of the poker player nicknames that date back to the good old days of poker when the WSOP was young and professional respectability was just a dream. Even (and perhaps especially) in today's poker, earning a nickname is a sign of status and respect amongst peers. Other times, it's simply unavoidable based on a transparent personality (The Mouth, The Poker Brat). 


Poker is unique in that it is tough to name any other sport or game that features so many nicknames for its stars. Sure, other sports might have the occasional "Rocket" or "Golden Bear", but why does poker reign king of the aliases? One reason may be the extremely individual nature of poker as opposed to team activities. Perhaps it's simply the creative byproduct of long hours and late nights with the same characters at the table. Besides, doesn't "Amarillo Slim" sound much more like a hustlin' rounder than Thomas?


Keep in mind that poker players don't need to have a nickname to be recognized as great; notable exceptions include Phil Ivey, Chip Reese, and T.J. Cloutier. To accompany our list of poker hand nicknames, the following list contains most of the well-known poker player nicknames.


Actual Name Nickname
Bobby Baldwin The Owl
Chad Brown Downtown
Doyle Brunson Texas Dolly
John Cernuto Miami
Johnny Chan The Orient Express
Paul Clark Eskimo
Hoyt Corkins Cowboy
Darrell Dicken Gigabet
Antonio Esfandiari The Magician
Chris Ferguson Jesus
Barry Greenstein Robin Hood of Poker
Gus Hansen The Great Dane
Dan Harrington Action Dan
Phil Hellmuth The Poker Brat
John Hennigan Johnny World
Randy Jenson The Dream Crusher
Thomas Keller Thunder
Phil Laak Unabomber
Howard Lederer The Professor
Erick Lindgren E-Dog
Marcel Luske The Flying Dutchman
Paul Magriel X22
Mike Matusow The Mouth
Michael Mizrachi The Grinder
Carlos Mortensen The Matador
Johnny Moss The Grand Old Man
John Murphy MurphDog
Daniel Negreanu Kid Poker
Men Nguyen The Master
Paul Phillips Dot Com
Thomas Preston Amarillo Slim
Greg Raymer Fossilman
Brian Roberts Sailor
Kenny Smith Whatta Player
Jimmy Snyder The Greek
Jack Strauss Treetop
David Ulliott Devilfish
Stu Ungar The Kid





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