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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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