About Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson cultivates an eccentric appearance that has earned him the nickname "Jesus." His typical outfits have him looking like he just walked out of a Western: duds and a cowboy hat are complimented by long hair and a full-length beard.

Chris grew up playing recreational poker but only in 1994 did he decide to get serious about his game. He sought out venues where he would be able to pit his skills against those of other serious players and his prowess increased by leaps and bounds.

As befits a man with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Chris has an intellectual approach to poker. He says: "Intelligence and the ability to reason well are the most important qualities that all poker players share. This reasoning comes into play when the player is faced with deciding which alternative to take in a hand—raise, call or fold." His general advice in regards to those situations is: "If you're not sure whether to fold or call, fold. If you're not sure whether to call or raise, raise."

Chris has spent a fair amount of time thinking about poker. He says: "There are two types of information that opponents give you. One is tells, which are conscious or subconscious actions that a person makes that give an indication of the strength of his hand. The other is the way they play hands, and their way of thinking about hands. For me the second is the most important." Chris favors getting inside his opponent's head and then making plays that put that opponent in situations unusual and uncomfortable for him or her. "I try to play the style that gives my opponents the hardest time."

Of late, Chris has been concentrating on the larger, bigger buy-in events. Other interests he pursues are day trading and swing dancing.

Chris beat T.J. Cloutier to win the Championship No-Limit Hold'em main event at the 2000 World Series of Poker. People are still talking about the final hand. T.J. held AQ, Chris had A9. The flop came 2K4 with a king on the turn. Had the board paired, the pot would have been split, but the 9 came and with it, Chris became the World Champion.

Chris has said that the final table is his favorite place to play. That burning desire to win combined with his math skills have contributed to his great success. He holds five WSOP titles, two of them from 2003. Those titles are 2000 Seven-Card Stud, 2001 Omaha Hi-Lo, 2003 Mixed Games, 2003 Omaha Hi-Lo, and the main event in 2000. Furthermore, in the 2003 WSOP he finished fourth in Lowball, second in Pot-Limit Hold'em and sixth in Omaha High. If you'd like to test yourself against Chris sometime, you just might find him at his own table in the online card room at FullTiltPoker.com.

Chris works assiduously to improve his poker. Often, when he is away from the tables, he's at his computer analyzing hands or looking at different scenarios. He says: "I am always looking for holes in my own game so that I can repair them and become a stronger player."

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
60 $4,873.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 64 - $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better
26 $17,760.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 54 - $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
141 $1,997.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 44 - $1000 No-Limit Hold'em
4 $183,989.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 39 - $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship
26 $15,088.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 24 - $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
116 $4,708.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 21 - $3000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
13 $9,696.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 12 - $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
19 $4,069.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 5 - $1500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
48 $4,573.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 48 - $2,500 Mixed Game
75 $2,847.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 41 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
30 $16,607.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 6 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
25 $23,855.00 WPT Season 8 - Festa al Lago
37 £14,200.00 EPT Season 6 - EPT London
15 £6,980.00 WSOPE 2009 - £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
561 $23,196.00 2009 WSOP - Event 57 - $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
5 $38,550.00 2009 WSOP - Ante Up for Africa
206 $2,745.00 2009 WSOP - Event 34 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
28 $49,025.00 WPT Season 7 - WPT Championship
6 $240,538.00 WPT Season 7 - LA Poker Classic
11 $9,603.00 WSOPC Season 5 - Harvey's Lake Tahoe
7 $60,017.00 2008 WSOPE - Event 3, Pot-Limit Omaha
50 $3,341.00 2008 WSOP - Event 43, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
2 $202,406.00 2008 WSOP - Event 33, World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
10 $69,433.00 2008 WSOP - Event 28, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys
51 $14,438.00 2008 WSOP - Event 25, World Championship Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em
3 $388,287.00 2008 WSOP - Event 2, No-Limit Hold'em
1 $500,000.00 2008 Special - NBC Heads-Up Championship
1 $203,751.00 2007 WSOPC - Harvey's Tahoe
4 £21,700.00 2007 WSOPE - Event 1, HORSE
14 $6,496.00 2007 WSOP - Event 48, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) W/Rebuys
118 $4,740.00 2007 WSOP - Event 38, No-Limit Hold'em
228 $3,294.00 2007 WSOP - Event 35, No-Limit Hold'em
13 $19,641.00 2007 WSOP - Event 13, World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em
4 $50,391.00 2007 WSOP - Event 5, Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
59 $4,805.00 2006 WSOP - Event 25, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
17 $9,964.00 2006 WSOP - Event 12, Omaha Hi-low Split
61 $3,761.00 2006 WSOP - Event 3, Pot-Limit Hold'em
11 $16,975.00 2005 WSOP - Event 31, $5,000 No-limit Hold'em, Short-handed (6/table)
64 $3,450.00 2005 WSOP - Event 29, $2,000 No-limit Hold'em
25 $13,890.00 2005 WSOP - Event 22, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em
7 $16,065.00 2005 WSOP - Event 19, $1,500 Pot-limit Omaha
2 $210,460.00 2005 WSOP - Event 12, $2,000 Pot-limit Omaha w/re-buys
31 $2,605.00 2005 WSOP - Event 8, $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
4 $15,000.00 WPT Season 3 - WPT Invitational
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