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Check out which players appeared in both seasons of The PokerStars Big Game. Click on any player to read their bio.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is a genuine poker icon. He’s won four World Series bracelets, two WPT titles, and many more events that have made him the 2nd highest live tournament winner of all time - with over $14,000,000 in career earnings.

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Tony G

Tony G

Whether his opponents love him or hate him, they can’t deny that Tony G has the skills to back up his trash talk. He has over $4,000,000 in live tournament earnings, with several six-figure paydays at the biggest events over a career that spans more than a decade.

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Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver is proving to be one of the best players to come through the ranks in recent years. His major league breakthrough came when he won a World Series bracelet in 2008 for a massive payday of $755,891.

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Andrew Robl

Andrew Robl

Andrew Robl is an online poker legend who turned a game he played with friends at college into a full time job that’s seen him post huge profits over the past few years. He’s made the switch to live poker recently, and earned the biggest cash of his career so far when he finished 2nd in a 2010 WPT event for $549,003.

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William Perkins

William Perkins

William is a businessman and amateur poker player who’s appearing on The Big Game to test his skills against the best in the world, have a good time and meet new people. He runs a private equity and venture capital company in Texas, with a wide portfolio of business interests and investments.

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David Peat

David ‘Viffer’ Peat

Poker Pro David ‘Viffer’ Peat is known for being an aggressive cash game player who will no doubt be looking to put pressure on his opponents during his time on The Big Game. He also has history with Phil Hellmuth, meaning that drama between the two is never far away.

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Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier

Laid-back, calm and hugely talented, Jason Mercier has an impeccable live tournament record. He exploded onto the scene in 2008 when he won the European Poker Tour San Remo event for $1,372,893, followed a few months later by another EPT final table appearance worth $324,946.

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Phil Laak

Phil Laak

Whether he’s sitting at the table dressed in disguise, taking side bets or deep in the tank with his trademark hoodie zipped up tight, the self-styled Unabomber is always entertaining. Career highlights so far include a World Series bracelet win in 2010, and victory at a WPT Invitational tournament in 2004.

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Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov

Born in the Ukraine but raised in New York, Eugene Katchalov hit the big time when he took down the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic WPT event for a massive cash of $2,482,605 in 2007.

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Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

One of the biggest and most recognized names in world poker, Phil Hellmuth has achieved what is undoubtedly the greatest No Limit Hold’em live tournament record of all time.

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Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem secured his place in the history of poker when he won the World Series Main Event in 2005 for an incredible $7,500,000, beating one of the first-ever huge player numbers.

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Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein

Barry is one of the most respected cash game players in the business, with millions of dollars won in just about every high-stakes game there is. He’s also proved his skills on the live tournament circuit, with career highlights that include three World Series bracelets.

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Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman

Poker pro Prahlad Friedman burst onto the circuit when he finished 2nd in a side event at the Five Diamond Poker Classic in 2002 for a cash of $101,446. The following year he made the poker history books when he won a World Series bracelet in a Pot Limit Hold’em event.

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Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

Frenchman Bertrand Grospellier - better known to the world by his nickname ‘ElkY’ - is a tournament legend, with millions of dollars earned in the biggest live events around the world.

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Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

A former professional magician, Antonio Esfandiari has built a solid list of impressive results in many of the most prestigious events around the world. He won a WPT title in 2004 for $1,399,135, followed by a bracelet win at the World Series for $184,860.

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Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer is a Hollywood star who’s turned her attention to poker in recent years. Her screen credits include The Doors, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Bullets Over Broadway, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

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Dario Minieri

Dario Minieri

Italian Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri exploded onto the major poker circuit when he finished in the top 3 at a European Poker Tour (EPT) event in 2006 for $159,763. He has finished 3rd at EPT events in San Remo and Warsaw since, but the highlight of his career so far came at the 2008 World Series in Las Vegas.

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Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes

Nick is an actor and filmmaker, whose father was the legendary director John Cassavetes. Nick’s own directing credits include Alpha Dog, John Q and The Notebook, and he also starred in the blockbuster movie Face/Off.

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Bobby Sura

Bobby Sura

Bobby is a former pro basketball player with a celebrated career in the NBA that included stints at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets.

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Bob Voulgaris

Bob Voulgaris

Bob Voulgaris is a poker pro who’s been crushing tournaments and cash games since 2003. He’s cashed for more than $1,600,000 in WPT events, including a runner-up finish at the L.A. Poker Classic in 2005 for $904,122, and a 3rd place finish in 2007 at the Borgata Poker Open, good for another $434,560.

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Rick Salomon

Rick Salomon

Rick is a businessman, movie producer, actor, part-time poker player and celebrity gossip magnet. Born in New Jersey, his first business venture was an online poker site. He then turned his attention to the movie business and has since produced and starred in various different films.

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Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté

Guy is one of the most successful businessmen in the entertainment industry and the creator of Cirque du Soleil. The company was founded by Guy in 1984 and it’s shows have been seen by millions around the word since, and its success has seen him win a number of high-profile awards.

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Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst

According to many poker experts, Vanessa Selbst is the best female poker player in the world today. The Team PokerStars Pro has put together an awesome run of tournament results in a short space of time, all while studying at Yale Law School, and she’s a feared opponent whenever she sits down at the table.

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Randy Lew

Randy Lew

Randy ‘Nanonoko’ Lew is an online poker legend. Famous for grinding high volumes of mid-stakes cash games at PokerStars, his story shows that in poker, hard work and perseverance do pay off. Big time. A hero to thousands in the poker community.

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Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel is from the new school of poker pros. Like many others, he perfected his game while at college, and took the game up professionally to make a decent living. Unlike nearly every other new school poker pro however, Jonathan has won the World Series Main Event, scooping an incredible $8,944,310 in the process.

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Jose Ignacio Barbero

Jose Ignacio Barbero

Probably the best poker player to come out of Argentina, Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero is a hugely talented operator than has the uncanny ability to close out big events. The Team PokerStars Pro is a two-time title winner on the Latin American Poker Tour.

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Bryn Kenney

Bryn Kenney

A high-flying young poker pro, Bryn Kenney is no stranger to playing cards for big stakes. He’s been playing for seven years and in that time has experienced huge wins and losses, taken his game to the top, and built the reputation of being an uncompromising opponent.

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Brian Rast

Brian Rast

A deep-stack No Limit Hold’em specialist, two-time World Series bracelet winner Brian Rast has been playing poker seriously for eight years and has tournament winnings of over $2,500,000. Born in Colorado and raised in California, Brian was a high school valedictorian, and went to the prestigious Stanford University before quitting to play poker professionally.

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Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond

One of the biggest names to emerge from the new generation of poker pros, Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond has won millions of dollars at the nosebleed stakes online. He’s also managed to transfer his success to the live tournament scene, with a string of impressive cashes at the World Series and beyond.

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Amit Makhija

Amit Makhija

Amit exploded on to the poker scene when he finished 5th in a $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold’em event at the World Series in 2008 for a cash of $198,528. There have been scores of other good results since, including a runner-up finish at the 2008 WPT Legends of Poker event, good for a $563,320 payday.

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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

Aaron is on a mission to win as much money as possible on The Big Game, and says he’s looking to show down some huge bluffs for the cameras in what he considers to be a soft game - despite the caliber of his opponents.

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Allen Bari

Allen Bari

Allen Bari is a poker pro based in New Jersey, who graduated from university with a double major in Economics and Finance. He has over $1,400,000 in live tournament cashes so far, with highlights that include a $500,250 win in an event at the Borgata Summer Poker Open in 2008.

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Peter Jetten

Peter Jetten

Peter Jetten has almost $2,000,000 in live tournament cashes, with a run of good results since 2006, including a 4th place finish at a European Poker Tour (EPT) High Roller event for $346,078 in 2008, and a 5th place at the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event for $323,036.

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William Reynolds

William Reynolds

William Reynolds has turned what started out as nothing more than a hobby into a huge bankroll, grinding away in the cash games at PokerStars, from the humble $0.25/$0.50 tables all the way up to $10/$20.

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Chau Giang

Chau Giang

Chau Giang became interested in poker after seeing it played on the streets of his native Vietnam, and has since gone on to become one of the most successful live players of all time. He’s cashed at the World Series an incredible 51 times, including three bracelet wins.

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Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

There’s not much to say about the legendary Godfather of poker that hasn’t been said a million times before. This is a man who’s seen and done it all in poker and lived to tell the tale, with millions of dollars won in tournaments and cash games in a career that spans decades and decades.

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Todd Brunson

Todd Brunson

When your father is the most famous man in poker, it’s tough to live up to expectations when it comes to your own game. But with millions in career earnings to his name, Todd Brunson has more than managed to step out of Doyle’s shadow and make a name for himself.

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Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton has been crushing both the live and online game for the last few years. His breakout live result came when he finished 2nd at the 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) for $861,789.

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Joe Cada

Joe Cada

Although he was already on online phenomenon, it’s his World Series Main Event win in 2009 that secured Joe Cada’s place in the history books at the age of just 21. He emerged as the new Champion after beating a huge field of 6,493 for a life-changing $8,546,435.

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Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso

With bags of determination and skill, Vanessa Rousso has carved out a name for herself in the biggest games live and online. She scored a huge cash of $700,782 when she finished runner-up in the Main Event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker in 2007.

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David Williams

David Williams

One of the most popular faces on the live poker scene, David Williams came close to poker immortality when he finished as runner-up to Greg Raymer at the 2004 World Series Main Event.

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Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo

Justin cut his teeth online as one of the early-breed of young kids who learned the game fast, with millions of hands clocked up in a short space of time. He’s now successfully made the transition to the live scene, posting a solid set of results at the biggest events.

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Lex Veldhuis

Lex Veldhuis

A highly-skilled player from Holland, Lex Veldhuis is always thirsty for action and looks set to cause a stir on The Big Game. He’s had an impressive run of results at major events around the world, including four European Poker Tour cashes for more than $80,000 in total.

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Abe Mosseri

Abe Mosseri

New York-based pro Abe Mosseri started taking poker seriously like so many others after the TV boom in 2003. By the end of that same year he’d already made his first WPT final table, cashing for $174,585 for a 4th place finish at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.

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Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei has been winning big on the live tournament scene since turning pro after finishing high school. After a string of consistent cash finishes and victories at events across the US, his breakout came with a $430,698 bracelet win in a 2-7 Draw event at the 2006 World Series.

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Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy has a long list of big-money results in live tournaments going back almost a decade. He’s cashed on the WPT ten times for a combined total of more than $450,000, including four final table appearances.

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Rick Rahim

Rick Rahim

Rick Rahim is a successful entrepreneur and amateur pilot from Great Falls, Virginia. He plays poker as a hobby when he has time, and has already proved it’s a game that he takes very seriously.

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Dani Stern

Dani Stern

Dani Stern is a native of New York City who put his university studies on hold to play poker full time as soon as he hit 21. Most of his success so far has been online, but he’s also racked up some impressive results in the biggest live tournaments.

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Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis is a successful entrepreneur from New York, who made his fortune in the dot-com era through his involvement with various internet companies and blogging sites. He’s also worked in movies, as both a consultant and an actor.

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Season 2 - Loose Cannons

Massimiliano Martinez

Massimiliano Martinez

Loose Cannon Massimiliano ‘Max’ Martinez is a medical student at university in Rome. He comes to The Big Game as one of the most experienced qualifiers, with an impressive results record that includes tournament wins back home in Italy, plus two money finishes at the World Series.

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Jared Huggins

Jared Huggins

A native of Manhattan Beach in California, Jared Huggins’ journey to The Big Game is one of strength over adversity. After losing his job in the wake of the economic downturn, Jared found himself homeless and living out of his car.

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Courtney Gee

Courtney Gee

Courtney is a 25-year old Loose Cannon qualifier, currently taking a shot at making it as a professional poker player. Based in British Columbia, Canada, she has set herself a timeline of two years in which to make it as a pro.

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Ken Hrankowski

Ken Hrankowski

Ken is a retired police officer from Maple Ridge in British Colombia. He joined the police force just after his 21st birthday and went on to have a long career that included working undercover on a range of high profile cases.

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Cari Bershell

Cari Bershell

Loose Cannon qualifier Cari Bershell is from Las Vegas and currently works as an Admissions Officer at DeVry University. She has been playing poker for more than seven years, and can often be found grinding it out at the $1/$2 No Limit tables on the Strip.

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Gonzales Cannon II

Gonzales Cannon II

Gonzales is an online qualifier from Sacramento with a name that’s perfect for the show. He describes himself as an entrepreneur, and has aspirations to make it as a motivational speaker, helping people to have a more positive outlook on life.

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Season 1 - Loose Cannons

Bob Ferdinand

Bob Ferdinand

Bob Ferdinand is a Loose Cannon from Revere, Massachusetts. He’s a father of two kids, and is currently engaged to be married.

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William Given

William Given

Loose Cannon qualifier William Given is from Lincoln, New Brunswick, but has also spent time living out in Germany.

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Elizabeth Houston

Elizabeth Houston

Elizabeth Houston is a Loose Cannon qualifier from British Columbia, Canada. She’s been playing poker for years, and sits down every week to play the $2/$5 tables at her local casino. She says she’s got what it takes to cut it with the pro players on the show.

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Russell Harlow

Russell Harlow

Loose Cannon Russell Harlow is from Manchester, CT, where he earns a living as a delivery driver. He’s got a wife and three kids, and one day hopes to have his own farm so that his family can be self-sufficient.

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David Fishman

David Fishman

David Fishman is a Mathematics instructor at Arizona State University, appearing on The Big Game as a Loose Cannon. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife of eight years and their children. His background in Mathematics means he’s got the numbers game down pat, and says this is his biggest strength at the table.

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Troy Howard

Troy Howard

A music producer from Lansing in Michigan, Troy Howard is appearing on The Big Game as a Loose Cannon qualifier. He started playing poker when he and his friends decided to set up their own amateur league, and he’s now a regular face at various games around his home town.

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William Davis

William Davis

William Davis is a Loose Cannon qualifier originally from Pittsburgh but now based in Ohio. He started playing poker while studying for a Masters degree in Financial Engineering, and now plays regularly in local games and on the medium-stakes tables online at PokerStars.

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Nadya Magnus

Nadya Magnus

Loose Cannon Nadya Magnus caught the poker bug when she sat in on a few $1/$2 cash games in Las Vegas back in 2008. It’s become her main interest since, and she now plays regularly at events across the US and online at PokerStars.

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Aaron Jensen

Aaron Jensen

Aaron Jensen is a Loose Cannon qualifier based in Seattle. He started playing poker with friends a few years back, and has gone on to cash in a range of events across the country.

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Andre Capella

Andre Capella

Loose Cannon qualifier Andre Capella has been playing poker as an amateur for years, after learning the game on a trip to Lake Tahoe. He’s worked a long list of different jobs and businesses, and is now based in Greenville.

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Ernest Wiggins

Ernest Wiggins

Ernest Wiggins is from Washington DC, and is appearing on The Big Game as one of the Loose Cannon online qualifiers. He became interested in poker after dating a player, and now competes on a regular basis.

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Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is a genuine poker icon. He’s won four World Series bracelets, two WPT titles, and many more events that have made him the 2nd highest live tournament winner of all time - with over $14,000,000 in career earnings.

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Tony G

Tony G

Whether his opponents love him or hate him, they can’t deny that Tony G has the skills to back up his trash talk. He has over $4,000,000 in live tournament earnings, with several six-figure paydays at the biggest events over a career that spans more than a decade.

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Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver is proving to be one of the best players to come through the ranks in recent years. His major league breakthrough came when he won a World Series bracelet in 2008 for a massive payday of $755,891.

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Andrew Robl

Andrew Robl

Andrew Robl is an online poker legend who turned a game he played with friends at college into a full time job that’s seen him post huge profits over the past few years. He’s made the switch to live poker recently, and earned the biggest cash of his career so far when he finished 2nd in a 2010 WPT event for $549,003.

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William Perkins

William Perkins

William is a businessman and amateur poker player who’s appearing on The Big Game to test his skills against the best in the world, have a good time and meet new people. He runs a private equity and venture capital company in Texas, with a wide portfolio of business interests and investments.

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David Peat

David ‘Viffer’ Peat

Poker Pro David ‘Viffer’ Peat is known for being an aggressive cash game player who will no doubt be looking to put pressure on his opponents during his time on The Big Game. He also has history with Phil Hellmuth, meaning that drama between the two is never far away.

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Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier

Laid-back, calm and hugely talented, Jason Mercier has an impeccable live tournament record. He exploded onto the scene in 2008 when he won the European Poker Tour San Remo event for $1,372,893, followed a few months later by another EPT final table appearance worth $324,946.

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Phil Laak

Phil Laak

Whether he’s sitting at the table dressed in disguise, taking side bets or deep in the tank with his trademark hoodie zipped up tight, the self-styled Unabomber is always entertaining. Career highlights so far include a World Series bracelet win in 2010, and victory at a WPT Invitational tournament in 2004.

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Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov

Born in the Ukraine but raised in New York, Eugene Katchalov hit the big time when he took down the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic WPT event for a massive cash of $2,482,605 in 2007.

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Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

One of the biggest and most recognized names in world poker, Phil Hellmuth has achieved what is undoubtedly the greatest No Limit Hold’em live tournament record of all time.

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Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem secured his place in the history of poker when he won the World Series Main Event in 2005 for an incredible $7,500,000, beating one of the first-ever huge player numbers.

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Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein

Barry is one of the most respected cash game players in the business, with millions of dollars won in just about every high-stakes game there is. He’s also proved his skills on the live tournament circuit, with career highlights that include three World Series bracelets.

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Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman

Poker pro Prahlad Friedman burst onto the circuit when he finished 2nd in a side event at the Five Diamond Poker Classic in 2002 for a cash of $101,446. The following year he made the poker history books when he won a World Series bracelet in a Pot Limit Hold’em event.

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Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

Frenchman Bertrand Grospellier - better known to the world by his nickname ‘ElkY’ - is a tournament legend, with millions of dollars earned in the biggest live events around the world.

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Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

A former professional magician, Antonio Esfandiari has built a solid list of impressive results in many of the most prestigious events around the world. He won a WPT title in 2004 for $1,399,135, followed by a bracelet win at the World Series for $184,860.

...read more

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer is a Hollywood star who’s turned her attention to poker in recent years. Her screen credits include The Doors, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Bullets Over Broadway, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

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Dario Minieri

Dario Minieri

Italian Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri exploded onto the major poker circuit when he finished in the top 3 at a European Poker Tour (EPT) event in 2006 for $159,763. He has finished 3rd at EPT events in San Remo and Warsaw since, but the highlight of his career so far came at the 2008 World Series in Las Vegas.

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Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes

Nick is an actor and filmmaker, whose father was the legendary director John Cassavetes. Nick’s own directing credits include Alpha Dog, John Q and The Notebook, and he also starred in the blockbuster movie Face/Off.

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Bobby Sura

Bobby Sura

Bobby is a former pro basketball player with a celebrated career in the NBA that included stints at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets.

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Bob Voulgaris

Bob Voulgaris

Bob Voulgaris is a poker pro who’s been crushing tournaments and cash games since 2003. He’s cashed for more than $1,600,000 in WPT events, including a runner-up finish at the L.A. Poker Classic in 2005 for $904,122, and a 3rd place finish in 2007 at the Borgata Poker Open, good for another $434,560.

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Rick Salomon

Rick Salomon

Rick is a businessman, movie producer, actor, part-time poker player and celebrity gossip magnet. Born in New Jersey, his first business venture was an online poker site. He then turned his attention to the movie business and has since produced and starred in various different films.

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Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté

Guy is one of the most successful businessmen in the entertainment industry and the creator of Cirque du Soleil. The company was founded by Guy in 1984 and it’s shows have been seen by millions around the word since, and its success has seen him win a number of high-profile awards.

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Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst

According to many poker experts, Vanessa Selbst is the best female poker player in the world today. The Team PokerStars Pro has put together an awesome run of tournament results in a short space of time, all while studying at Yale Law School, and she’s a feared opponent whenever she sits down at the table.

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Randy Lew

Randy Lew

Randy ‘Nanonoko’ Lew is an online poker legend. Famous for grinding high volumes of mid-stakes cash games at PokerStars, his story shows that in poker, hard work and perseverance do pay off. Big time. A hero to thousands in the poker community.

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Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel is from the new school of poker pros. Like many others, he perfected his game while at college, and took the game up professionally to make a decent living. Unlike nearly every other new school poker pro however, Jonathan has won the World Series Main Event, scooping an incredible $8,944,310 in the process.

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Jose Ignacio Barbero

Jose Ignacio Barbero

Probably the best poker player to come out of Argentina, Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero is a hugely talented operator than has the uncanny ability to close out big events. The Team PokerStars Pro is a two-time title winner on the Latin American Poker Tour.

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Bryn Kenney

Bryn Kenney

A high-flying young poker pro, Bryn Kenney is no stranger to playing cards for big stakes. He’s been playing for seven years and in that time has experienced huge wins and losses, taken his game to the top, and built the reputation of being an uncompromising opponent.

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Brian Rast

Brian Rast

A deep-stack No Limit Hold’em specialist, Brian Rast has been playing poker seriously for eight years and has tournament winnings close to $1,000,000. Born in Colorado and raised in California, Brian was a high school valedictorian, and went to the prestigious Stanford University before quitting to play poker professionally.

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Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond

One of the biggest names to emerge from the new generation of poker pros, Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond has won millions of dollars at the nosebleed stakes online. He’s also managed to transfer his success to the live tournament scene, with a string of impressive cashes at the World Series and beyond.

...read more

Amit Makhija

Amit Makhija

Amit exploded on to the poker scene when he finished 5th in a $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold’em event at the World Series in 2008 for a cash of $198,528. There have been scores of other good results since, including a runner-up finish at the 2008 WPT Legends of Poker event, good for a $563,320 payday.

...read more

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

Aaron is on a mission to win as much money as possible on The Big Game, and says he’s looking to show down some huge bluffs for the cameras in what he considers to be a soft game - despite the caliber of his opponents.

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Allen Bari

Allen Bari

Allen Bari is a poker pro based in New Jersey, who graduated from university with a double major in Economics and Finance. He has over $1,400,000 in live tournament cashes so far, with highlights that include a $500,250 win in an event at the Borgata Summer Poker Open in 2008.

...read more

Peter Jetten

Peter Jetten

Peter Jetten has almost $2,000,000 in live tournament cashes, with a run of good results since 2006, including a 4th place finish at a European Poker Tour (EPT) High Roller event for $346,078 in 2008, and a 5th place at the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event for $323,036.

...read more

William Reynolds

William Reynolds

William Reynolds has turned what started out as nothing more than a hobby into a huge bankroll, grinding away in the cash games at PokerStars, from the humble $0.25/$0.50 tables all the way up to $10/$20.

...read more

Chau Giang

Chau Giang

Chau Giang became interested in poker after seeing it played on the streets of his native Vietnam, and has since gone on to become one of the most successful live players of all time. He’s cashed at the World Series an incredible 51 times, including three bracelet wins.

...read more

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

There’s not much to say about the legendary Godfather of poker that hasn’t been said a million times before. This is a man who’s seen and done it all in poker and lived to tell the tale, with millions of dollars won in tournaments and cash games in a career that spans decades and decades.

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Todd Brunson

Todd Brunson

When your father is the most famous man in poker, it’s tough to live up to expectations when it comes to your own game. But with millions in career earnings to his name, Todd Brunson has more than managed to step out of Doyle’s shadow and make a name for himself.

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Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton has been crushing both the live and online game for the last few years. His breakout live result came when he finished 2nd at the 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) for $861,789.

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Joe Cada

Joe Cada

Although he was already on online phenomenon, it’s his World Series Main Event win in 2009 that secured Joe Cada’s place in the history books at the age of just 21. He emerged as the new Champion after beating a huge field of 6,493 for a life-changing $8,546,435.

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Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso

With bags of determination and skill, Vanessa Rousso has carved out a name for herself in the biggest games live and online. She scored a huge cash of $700,782 when she finished runner-up in the Main Event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker in 2007.

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David Williams

David Williams

One of the most popular faces on the live poker scene, David Williams came close to poker immortality when he finished as runner-up to Greg Raymer at the 2004 World Series Main Event.

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Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo

Justin cut his teeth online as one of the early-breed of young kids who learned the game fast, with millions of hands clocked up in a short space of time. He’s now successfully made the transition to the live scene, posting a solid set of results at the biggest events.

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Lex Veldhuis

Lex Veldhuis

A highly-skilled player from Holland, Lex Veldhuis is always thirsty for action and looks set to cause a stir on The Big Game. He’s had an impressive run of results at major events around the world, including four European Poker Tour cashes for more than $80,000 in total.

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Abe Mosseri

Abe Mosseri

New York-based pro Abe Mosseri started taking poker seriously like so many others after the TV boom in 2003. By the end of that same year he’d already made his first WPT final table, cashing for $174,585 for a 4th place finish at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.

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Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei has been winning big on the live tournament scene since turning pro after finishing high school. After a string of consistent cash finishes and victories at events across the US, his breakout came with a $430,698 bracelet win in a 2-7 Draw event at the 2006 World Series.

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Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy has a long list of big-money results in live tournaments going back almost a decade. He’s cashed on the WPT ten times for a combined total of more than $450,000, including four final table appearances.

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Rick Rahim

Rick Rahim

Rick Rahim is a successful entrepreneur and amateur pilot from Great Falls, Virginia. He plays poker as a hobby when he has time, and has already proved it’s a game that he takes very seriously.

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Dani Stern

Dani Stern

Dani Stern is a native of New York City who put his university studies on hold to play poker full time as soon as he hit 21. Most of his success so far has been online, but he’s also racked up some impressive results in the biggest live tournaments.

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Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis is a successful entrepreneur from New York, who made his fortune in the dot-com era through his involvement with various internet companies and blogging sites. He’s also worked in movies, as both a consultant and an actor.

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Season 2 - Loose Cannons

Massimiliano Martinez

Massimiliano Martinez

Loose Cannon Massimiliano ‘Max’ Martinez is a medical student at university in Rome. He comes to The Big Game as one of the most experienced qualifiers, with an impressive results record that includes tournament wins back home in Italy, plus two money finishes at the World Series.

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Jared Huggins

Jared Huggins

A native of Manhattan Beach in California, Jared Huggins’ journey to The Big Game is one of strength over adversity. After losing his job in the wake of the economic downturn, Jared found himself homeless and living out of his car.

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Courtney Gee

Courtney Gee

Courtney is a 25-year old Loose Cannon qualifier, currently taking a shot at making it as a professional poker player. Based in British Columbia, Canada, she has set herself a timeline of two years in which to make it as a pro.

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Ken Hrankowski

Ken Hrankowski

Ken is a retired police officer from Maple Ridge in British Colombia. He joined the police force just after his 21st birthday and went on to have a long career that included working undercover on a range of high profile cases.

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Cari Bershell

Cari Bershell

Loose Cannon qualifier Cari Bershell is from Las Vegas and currently works as an Admissions Officer at DeVry University. She has been playing poker for more than seven years, and can often be found grinding it out at the $1/$2 No Limit tables on the Strip.

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Gonzales Cannon II

Gonzales Cannon II

Gonzales is an online qualifier from Sacramento with a name that’s perfect for the show. He describes himself as an entrepreneur, and has aspirations to make it as a motivational speaker, helping people to have a more positive outlook on life.

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Season 1 - Loose Cannons

Bob Ferdinand

Bob Ferdinand

Bob Ferdinand is a Loose Cannon from Revere, Massachusetts. He’s a father of two kids, and is currently engaged to be married.

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William Given

William Given

Loose Cannon qualifier William Given is from Lincoln, New Brunswick, but has also spent time living out in Germany.

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Elizabeth Houston

Elizabeth Houston

Elizabeth Houston is a Loose Cannon qualifier from British Columbia, Canada. She’s been playing poker for years, and sits down every week to play the $2/$5 tables at her local casino. She says she’s got what it takes to cut it with the pro players on the show.

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Russell Harlow

Russell Harlow

Loose Cannon Russell Harlow is from Manchester, CT, where he earns a living as a delivery driver. He’s got a wife and three kids, and one day hopes to have his own farm so that his family can be self-sufficient.

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David Fishman

David Fishman

David Fishman is a Mathematics instructor at Arizona State University, appearing on The Big Game as a Loose Cannon. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife of eight years and their children. His background in Mathematics means he’s got the numbers game down pat, and says this is his biggest strength at the table.

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Troy Howard

Troy Howard

A music producer from Lansing in Michigan, Troy Howard is appearing on The Big Game as a Loose Cannon qualifier. He started playing poker when he and his friends decided to set up their own amateur league, and he’s now a regular face at various games around his home town.

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William Davis

William Davis

William Davis is a Loose Cannon qualifier originally from Pittsburgh but now based in Ohio. He started playing poker while studying for a Masters degree in Financial Engineering, and now plays regularly in local games and on the medium-stakes tables online at PokerStars.

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Nadya Magnus

Nadya Magnus

Loose Cannon Nadya Magnus caught the poker bug when she sat in on a few $1/$2 cash games in Las Vegas back in 2008. It’s become her main interest since, and she now plays regularly at events across the US and online at PokerStars.

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Aaron Jensen

Aaron Jensen

Aaron Jensen is a Loose Cannon qualifier based in Seattle. He started playing poker with friends a few years back, and has gone on to cash in a range of events across the country.

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Andre Capella

Andre Capella

Loose Cannon qualifier Andre Capella has been playing poker as an amateur for years, after learning the game on a trip to Lake Tahoe. He’s worked a long list of different jobs and businesses, and is now based in Greenville.

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Ernest Wiggins

Ernest Wiggins

Ernest Wiggins is from Washington DC, and is appearing on The Big Game as one of the Loose Cannon online qualifiers. He became interested in poker after dating a player, and now competes on a regular basis.

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