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Jeffrey Lisandro has
been a fixture at the poker tables for roughly forty years although the first portion of the years weren’t as a professional. At the
age of five, he used to watch his parents play poker with his uncles, Grandmother, and Grandfather every weekend. By the time he was
eight or nine, he said he believes he was playing better than them. When he turned eighteen (the legal limit for gambling in
Australia), he was making more money playing poker than he was from working a “regular” job. When he realized he was winning because
of his skill and not because of his luck, he decided to do it for a living.
And a great living he has made. According to Lisandro, he made a million dollars each year for nine consecutive years (he claimed this
in 2007) and strives to make that goal every year. For a very short time, he played the big game. He lost a million in the game in
three weeks which he says isn’t a lot for that game and it took him four weeks to get the money back. He then proceeded to win another
couple of million after that and then decided that he wasn’t going to play the big game anymore because he could make his goals by
playing a little smaller.
Lisandro is no stranger to the tournament circuit either. For many years, he was considered one of the “best without a bracelet”
players and then in 2007 he won his first bracelet in the $2,000 Seven Card Stud event. At the 2009 World Series of Poker, he pulled
off an amazing feat when he won a bracelet in three different types of Stud games with varying buy-ins. His first bracelet that year
was in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event, he continued by winning the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Championship Event, and then
finished it off when he won the $2,500 Razz event. He cashed in a few other events that year at the WSOP and won the prestigious
Player of the Year Award.
Even though Jeff Lisandro has been dominating the Stud events at the World Series of Poker, he still considers himself an all
around player and most players would agree. Jean-Robert
Bellande has said that Jeff showed him a new level of poker and credits him for helping to improve his game. I have played with
him on several occasions and will also vouch for his abilities as a great all-around player. His tournament results confirm the same
as he has wins in No Limit Holdem, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Holdem, Pot Limit 5-Card Stud, and has cashed in just about every other
type of game. One of his NL wins includes beating Phil Ivey heads-up in the 2005 WSOP Circuit Event in Lake Tahoe.
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Even though he is a great all-around player and I hate to see him at my table, there is an occasional bright side. Once in awhile, he
will say something that will make me crack up. An example of this was when I was playing the Razz event at the 2007 WSOP. I was moved
to a new table where he was seated. My new table had its fair share of clowns and Jeff was amusing the way he pointed it out. On one
hand, I had the bring-in and the guy immediately to my left completed the bet showing a QUEEN. Jeff said, "Now that's what I like to
see; A guy with an imagination." His accent made it even more amusing for me. While he has always been pleasant at my tables, that
doesn’t mean that he hasn’t had his share of controversy. At the 2006 WSOP there was verbal sparring between Jeffrey Lisando and
Prahlad Friedman. The pot was short an ante and Friedman insisted Lisandro hadn’t put his ante in. Friedman wouldn’t let it go even
after he was advised by the dealer to let it go and basically called Lisandro a thief by saying, “I don’t trust you.” Lisandro finally
responded by saying he would “take your head off, buddy.” There was an interesting article about the incident written by Todd Brunson
for Cardplayer Magazine in which Brunson basically sided with Lisandro. The replay of the event confirmed that Lisandro did in fact ante.
Jeff Lisandro’s nickname is “The Iceman”. Some people believe he earned the nickname because of his cool demeanor at the table. While
I can certainly attest to his cool demeanor, that is not the reason he has the nickname. According to an interview with PokerNews, he
said the nickname came from the ICE chewing gum. He made a habit of chewing gum while playing so people couldn’t see his tells. During
the break, he used to run into the gift shop and the lady would look at him and say “The Iceman is here”. He thought that was a good
nickname and said “I will take it.”
He was born in Perth, Australia and resides in Salerno, Italy. He also owns a property in Santa Barbara, California.