PokerListings remembers Chip Reese

Chip Reese
Chip Reese: 1951-2007

This week saw the poker world lose one of its legends as Chip Reese, 56, was found dead Tuesday morning. With the Associated Press reporting his memorial service will be held on Friday, takes a look at the contributions he made to the poker world.

Considered by many to be the Ty Cobb of poker thanks to his wide-ranging strengths, T.J. Cloutier, David Singer, Dewey Tomko, Doyle Brunson and Patrik Antonius.

It came down to Reese and Andy Bloch in a marathon heads-up session that saw Reese come back from a 5-1 chip deficit to win.

"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 a part of WSOP lore forever," said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner.

His success continued into 2007 with a few cashes, but it was the H.O.R.S.E. win that poker fans will most likely remember him for. However, to his friends and fans, he was much more.

"I knew him for 35 years; I never saw him get mad or raise his voice," Brunson said. "He had the most even disposition of anyone I've ever met. He's certainly the best poker player that ever lived."

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