Dennis Waterman

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:37

Dennis Waterman

A poker biography of Dennis Waterman.

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Name - Dennis Waterman

Born - 1948, Oregon, United States

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Going by his vast personal records, one can say that Dennis Waterman took the long road before he found out where he truly belongs. The array of experiences that this Oregon-born poker player has undergone is quite varied, which partly explains why Waterman took a long time before he found his real home in poker games.

At 13 years old, Waterman began his work in logging, but the job could not keep him from getting interested in several mind-oriented activities. During those times when Oregon weather was extremely bad, Waterman can be found engaging in various mind games, including chess and poker, where he was a natural player.

At age 16, Waterman has become a certified chess master, competing in various world tournaments. A contemporary chess legend Bobby Fisher, he enjoyed great status as a player, capped by the Brilliancy Prize, which he won at the 1973 American Open Chess Tournament.

Like Fisher, Waterman also found the call of seclusion quite tempting. He became interested in subconscious visions, which led him to a form of spiritual awakening, causing him to leave the chess world in 1975. He then decided to return to the forests of Oregon, where he tucked himself away without any communication with the world outside.

A prominent American businessman paved the way for Waterman's return to the world of strategy games. The businessman read about the chess genius in a Los Angeles Times article and found him as the perfect man to handle his businesses.

After nearly a year of searching, the business magnate finally found Waterman and immediately presented him several offers, including a Chicago Board of Trade membership, a full-time job with a salary of $2 million, and a credit line worth $10 million. Waterman received the offers and for some time worked for the unnamed businessman as a Chicago-based corporate troubleshooter. Eventually, he relocated to New York where he handled finance work.

It was during this time that Waterman rekindled his love for strategy games, although his preference was no longer chess but backgammon and poker. Eventually, Waterman found poker games more interesting, so he dumped both his work and backgammon and focused on a brand-new career, that of being a poker player.

Waterman started slow as a poker player, and it was not until 1998 that his gamble finally paid off when he started chalking up minor tournament victories before eventually making appearances in several major tournament final tables.

The big break came for Waterman in 2002 when he made several respectable finishes in various major poker events, including a fifth-place spot at the WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em Event, an eighth-place finish at the $3,000 WSOP Pot-Limit Hold'em Event, and a $100,000 prize at the Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Table. Capping these poker achievements was his grand-prize victory at the Pot-Limit Hold'em L.A. Poker Classic.

Three years later, Waterman again scored another major poker win, this time at the No-Limit Hold'em L.A. Legends of Poker Event where he walked away with a $120,000 prize. By this time, Waterman has also come to be known for his spirituality, for which he earned the tag 'The Swami', in reference to Hindu religion teachers.

Aside from poker, what keeps Waterman busy these days is writing. In fact, he has written several books and articles dealing on various topics, but mostly those dear to him like spirituality, meditation, chess, and, of course, poker.