Chip Reese funeral Friday

Chip Reese

There will be a public funeral service for Chip Reese Friday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. (PST) at the Palm Mortuary Northwest in Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles Times said the Bellagio is also planning a memorial service for the legendary poker pro sometime next week.

The Palm Mortuary Northwest is at 6701 North Jones Ave. in Las Vegas. According to CardPlayer Magazine, the family has asked people to make donations in Reese's name to the Alzheimers Association instead of sending flowers.

Reese was found dead in his Las Vegas home Tuesday morning at the age of 56. No official cause of death has been released.

There has been speculation that he was suffering from pneumonia symptoms when he died. Barry Greenstein has also been quoted by media as saying that Reese had health problems related to gastric bypass surgery.

Reese had been playing poker nearly his entire life. He got started as child playing for baseball cards and playing with Mike Sexton. At Dartmouth he continued to play poker, crushing the college game while earning an economics degree at the same time.

He entered the professional poker realm while on his way to Stanford to begin law school in the early '70s. He made a stop at a cardroom in Vegas, won big and never left.

Reese played moved up to the highest stakes pretty fast, playing against some of the games other legends such as Doyle Brunson, who he became friends with. Though he preferred to stick to the cash games, he was legendary among his peers.

He stepped into the spotlight in 1978 when he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He would win a second bracelet in the '80s before being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1991.

Reese slowed down on tournament play and went back to mostly playing the cash games and other ventures. He entered the tournament realm again in 2004 and made a big splash in 2006 when he became the inaugural winner of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event at the WSOP.

That win solidified his legacy in the poker world, and though his life was cut short at a fairly young age, he will be remembered as one of the best players in the game during his days.

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