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Poker legend 'Chip' Reese dies at age 56

6 December 2007

Poker Hall of Famer David "Chip" Reese, who built a reputation as one of the best cash-game players ever, died at the age of 56 on Tuesday from undetermined causes.

Reese, whose career live tournament winnings reached nearly $3 million, died in his sleep and was found by his son early Tuesday at his Las Vegas home. He was suffering from symptoms of pneumonia, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Reese was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Dartmouth College. In a chapter dedicated to him in the legendary book, Doyle Brunson's Super System, Brunson told the story of how after graduating from college, Reese worked for a year as a manufacturer's representative before he and a friend visited a Las Vegas poker room one weekend with $800 between them. They doubled their bankroll in one day and Reese found a permanent home in Las Vegas.

"In addition to being a fundamentally sound player, [Chip] has the best natural instincts about what to do in difficult situations of any card player I've ever sat at a table with," Brunson wrote in his book, in which Reese assisted with the chapter on Seven-card Stud.

Reese went on to win three World Series champion's bracelets. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Reese outlasted a field of 143 players and won the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, which netted him $1,716,000. In 1991, at the age of 40, he became the youngest person to be elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.

"Many consider Chip the greatest cash-game player who ever lived, but he was also a World Series of Poker legend," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "His victory in the inaugural $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. championship in 2006 won him his third WSOP bracelet and made him part of WSOP lore forever."

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Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

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Gary Trask
Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

Gary Trask Websites:

twitter.com/#!/casinocityGT