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Burner" Turner has been involved in the poker industry for over twenty-five years. For about a year, we worked together at
The Bicycle Casino.
Robert has had an ongoing role in shaping the development of poker. My favorite contribution of Robert's is starting the
game of Omaha (my favorite and most profitable game) in casinos. Years ago, he worked for the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. He
started talking to a woman from Seattle about a game that he used to play with four cards. She also played a game with four
cards and they started comparing the differences. Robert then went to Bill Boyd, the director of poker operations, and
talked to him about spreading the game. Once it was cleared with the Nevada Gaming board, they spread the game under the
name of "Nugget Hold'em". He did not know at the time he could have patented the game.
Robert is married to fellow tournament player, Charity Turner and they have two children together. He also has a daughter
from a previous marriage. Besides having a career in poker, he also owns a hair salon in Southern California.
I have always enjoyed sitting at the table or being in a tournament with Robert. He is friendly to everyone and is just an
all-around nice guy. I have made a few observations about his play while sitting at the table with him. It is hard to not
make observations about Robert because he is usually the center of attention. I can see where he earned the nickname "Chip
Burner". He is ultra-aggressive at the table, often not with the best hand. He has the ability to scare people off their
hands because it is difficult to put him on a hand. While his style is opposite of mine, I respect his play. He plays the
type of game that works for him. Another observation I have made is that he has the tendency to get knocked out really early in a
tournament or make it to the final table. There is not much in between with him. This is true of another tournament player I knew,
Amir "The King" Vahedi.
He has had numerous final table appearances over the course of his long career. He told me he has earned a Best All-Around
player award in every decade he has played: the seventies, eighties, nineties, and in 2000. He has earned first place
finished in a wide variety of games including Seven Card Stud Hi/Low, Limit Holdem, Omaha High Low, and in 2002 he won the
H.O.E. event at the Legends of Poker proving that he has the ability to succeed at a wide variety of games.
Robert has a championship bracelet for winning the Seven Card Stud event at the 1993 World Series of Poker.