David Oppenheim

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 20:30

David Oppenheim

A poker biography of David Oppenheim.

Quick Information

Name - David Oppenheim

Born - Calabasas, California, United States

Poker Rooms - Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker Handle - N/A


David Oppenheim was born on March 7 in Los Angeles, California. A well-regarded American professional poker player, Oppenheim garnered third place in the World Poker Tour's No-Limit Hold 'em Championship Season Two. The tournament was held at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City. He won $117,500 in that tournament.

Oppenheim began playing at 19, near the end of his college days. He liked playing poker so much that he felt he found his new passion. After leaving college, he began to play in the $300 to $600 tables. He would soon become one of the world’s leading players in the biggest cash games.

At a young age, it was hard to get one over Oppenheim. His passion – even when losing – caused Oppenheim to get into arguments with the other players. The arguments can get so heated that it would cause the players to get thrown out of the game.

In all, Oppenheim has been playing for over 15 years now. He represents Full Tilt Poker, and even had a cameo role as Josh Cohen in the 2007 film Lucky You. In early 2008, he has appeared in NBC’s Poker After Dark Season Three. Oppenheim was in the “19th Hole” episode that included professional poker players like Doyle Brunson, Gavin Smith, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, and Daniel Negreanu.

Oppenheim only began playing tournaments recently. This seemed to be the trend among those used to high-limit cash games. He would be at his best playing a level down of highest stakes games. He also has a knack for winning side bets since he was a teenager. He is now married, and many say that his intelligent wife, Kinsey, has a good and calming affect on him.

Oppenheim’s best games would be all Limit poker forms. However, he seems to really excel in Limit Hold’em poker. Many find it odd that he isn’t as successful in tournaments as you’d expect of someone with his ability. Even so, he ranks higher than most when it comes to tournament poker games.

Oppenheim scores high when it comes to limit games and short-handed games. He has also proven to be quite lucky in side games too. During game play, Oppenheim can hold his own against both strong and weak players. He can be aggressive at times, and this has worked for him so far.

Even when many say his limitations lie in playing tournaments, Oppenheim has won more than $600,000 from live tournaments. In 2003, he reached third place in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship at the Borgata Poker Open. In between this win and 2006, he won small amounts from small scale wins in tournaments. In 2006, he again ranked third in the WPT No Limit Hold'em tournament. In 2008, he finished ninth in the WSOP world Championship Mixed Event. In event 14 of the same tournament, he ranked seventh in the 7-Card Stud.

Apart from poker, Oppenheim is also interested in reading, traveling, and playing golf. He is very much into his family, which has grown into five, having his wife beside him and their three children.