Have you watched young boys play with marbles on the street? Ever wondered if this is a real passion? We will be reading about Billy Baxter who not only won seven World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet but was also a marble champion from Augustus, Georgia. Within a decade, a lot changed in his life, and he took up poker when he was 19-years-old.
Talking about his first encounter with the skill game, Baxter mentioned in an interview, “There was a bar in my hometown, a place called the Alpine Lounge, where local businessmen, lawyers, bankers, real estate people, and the likes played gin up front and poker in the back. I’d come in with my winnings from pool, and they would break me. Then I’d go back to the poolroom, win some more money, and get broken again. But I knew that I wanted to be at the poker table. These guys had big money, and they gambled big. Within a year, I started winning.”
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Baxter took his love for poker so seriously that over the course of 44 years as a poker player, he cashed $2,739,628 million in live tournament earnings. Baxter has majorly won his WSOP bracelets from lowball events. There are five bracelets in Deuce to Seven Draw, one in Razz Poker, and one in Ace to Five Draw. This American poker pro clinched his first WSOP bracelet in 1975 after he crushed the $1,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event and pocketed $35,000 in winnings.
Here’s a video of the ever energetic Baxter talking about attending the BetBash event in 2022:
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Billy Baxter will be at BetBash! pic.twitter.com/8uT9CmExmJ
— BetBash (@bet_bash) February 28, 2022
The next two bracelets were also from Deuce to Seven events in 1978 and 1982. Baxter cashed $90,000 in the event hosted in 1978 and took home his second bracelet. He took a pay cheque of $95,000 in the 1982 event for his third WSOP bracelet. Baxter, like Phil Ivey, ranks second all-time in non-Hold’em bracelets (7) just behind Ivey (10).
All the stats in this article are updated as of 5th March 2022!
In 1982, Baxter aced at yet another $2,500 Ace to Five Draw event, taking home his fourth bracelet for $48,750. Although he crushed two major events in a single year, Baxter could not clinch a WSOP bracelet for the next five years. Baxter shipped the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event and pocketed $153,000 in 1987 WSOP.
The marble champion turned poker pro crushed an event on the WSOP felts in 1993. Times had changed, but Baxter was still acing Deuce to Seven Draw. He shipped the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event for a cool $130,500 for his sixth gold bracelet. Finally, he walked away with $64,860 after nailing the $1,500 Razz event and taking home his seventh WSOP bracelet. He was up against American poker pro Michael Flynn in this 2002 WSOP event.
Baxter might only have seven WSOP bracelets, but he has cashed in more than 35 WSOP events which gave $1,093,044 in winnings. In 2006, this player was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Through his journey as a poker player, he has seen several highs and lows but Baxter stood his ground. Despite cashing in major events in WSOP, his biggest live tournament cash was in 2010. Baxter finished at 5th in the $ 25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold’em – Championship event at the Eighth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic, Las Vegas hosted at Bellagio and received a pay cheque of $246,921.
Here’s a video of Baxter at the WSOP 2021 talking about thwta it would feel like to win a bracelet again:
Baxter has not only been a regular on the poker felts but has also contributed majorly to the industry. In 1986, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada ruled a case in favour of Baxter. This was against the US government in a tax refund case where it was decided that poker winnings can be declared as earned income. This ruling was a significant one for all poker players.
Baxter is still strong and marked his presence in the 2021 WSOP. We hope to see him shine in full glory in the 2022 WSOP events and in the years to come. For more such articles and daily news, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com. Follow us on our social handles Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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