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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
is one of the most recognizable faces in poker. He has a unique look with his long hair, beard, sunglasses, and hat. He obviously got
his nickname, "Jesus", because of these looks. I had always heard that Chris was one of the nicest and most popular players on the
circuit, but I had never played or talked with Chris. I also heard that he likes it when people introduce themselves to him because he
is usually not one to approach people, so I figured the next time I saw him I would make sure and say "Hi". I finally got the chance
to meet him at the 2005 World Series of Poker and I have to admit that the rumors were true. The few times I have talked with him, he
has been extremely kind and courteous.
Chris lives in Pacific Palisades, California. He does not travel the circuit as much as he used to. He attends the larger, bigger buy-in events
and focuses on other interests including day trading and swing dancing. I think the two are an ironic combination: the individual competition
of poker with huge amounts of concentration, and swing dancing in which you must rely on a partner and just let go of your inhibitions.
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Chris Ferguson won the prestigious Championship No Limit Holdem main event at the 2000 World Series of Poker. He beat another top competitor,
TJ Cloutier. The final hand of the series was one that will be remembered.
TJ held AQ to Ferguson's A9. The flop came 2K4 with a King on the turn. If the board paired, the pot would have been split and Ferguson would have
been saved, but if the 9 came the tournament would be all over. The 9 came and Ferguson was World Champion. The A9 combination was pivotal to
Chris' win twice during the tournament. The night before he won, Annie Duke lost with
the A9 to Chris giving him the chips that he needed to continue in the competition.
In one interview, Chris stated that his favorite place to play was at the final table. That is the mark of a true champion. I think the combination
of the desire to make it to the final table and his mathematical skills is what makes him the great player that he is today. He has earned himself
five World Series of Poker titles, two of them in 2003. His titles are 2000 Seven Card Stud, 2001 Omaha High-Low, 2003 Mixed Games, 2003 Omaha
High-Low, and the main event in 2000.
Some of his other accomplishments include first place finishes in No Limit Holdem at the WSOP Tournament Circuit Las Vegas, the WSOP Tournament
Circuit Rincon, and the championship event at the Winnin' O' the Green in 2004. He had two seconds and one first place in the first four years
of NBC's National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Chris is part of the team at Full Tilt Poker.
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