WSOP Random Observation #5: Giants of Poker

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7 June 2010, Created By: Geoff Fisk
WSOP Random Observation #5: Giants of Poker

Some people say that celebrities are always taller on TV, and anyone who's seen Tom Cruise in person knows that's absolutely true.

In poker, however, the guys that look like giants on TV really are giants.

PL.com has been on the floor throughout the day for the $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship, and even after busting out early in the event, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow has been stopping by to chat with Phil Hellmuth.

Whenever Hellmuth stands up, however, the 5'9'' Matusow has to crane his head upward at a remarkably upright angle to have a close-proximity, hushed-tone conversation with the Poker Brat.

With that in mind, and the  NBA Basketball Finals going on in the U.S., here's a list of some of most towering people of poker:

Phil Gordon 6'9'': Gordon is probably the tallest person in poker, but the Full Tilt pro is also one of the nicest people in the game. Too likable for his height to be intimidating.

Phil Hellmuth 6'7'': The Poker Brat can be intimidating in numerous ways - with his poker resume, his trash-talking table image and his formidable height. Hellmuth's blow-ups are even worse when he's standing at his table, furious.

Huck Seed 6'7'': The former Main Event champ has been known to show off his long-range shooting with big bucks on the line. His quiet demeanor and tall, lanky frame add to his intimidating table image.

Erik Seidel 6'7'': He's an eight-time bracelet winner and a pro's pro. Seidel's consistency as one of the world's best makes him a scary opponent for anyone.

Howard Lederer 6'5'': The Professor's large frame and large intellect makes him a huge presence in any room he walks into, and the effect is even bigger when Lederer is at the poker table.

 

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