Dewey Tomko

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Dewey Tomko

A poker biography of Dewey Tomko.

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Name - Dewey Tomko

Born - December 31st 1946, Glassport, Pennsylvania, United States

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Holding the current record for the most number of times appearing in the famed World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Tournament, Glassport, Pa. native Dewey Tomko is a former professional golfer who was bitten by the poker bug. A former teacher in a kindergarten class, Tomko started playing poker seriously during his evenings after school. Several years later, he's still going strong despite several negative setbacks in his game. Many still see Tomko as the player who lost two World Series Of Poker titles during the Main Event, but he still holds on to his belief that losing is always a high possibility in poker to get used to. However, Tomko has three WSOP tourney bracelets and millions of earnings to be ashamed of losing.

As with other great poker players, Tomko started early on. Like all other young men who had nothing better to do, Tomko hanged out in local pool halls in PA to learn the tricks of the card games from the card veterans of Pittsburgh. Around the time that he was 16, Tomko was able to go head-to-head against the men who unknowingly mentored him. Tomko soon played against different players for the money while he was at the Salem College that was located in West Virginia. His sharpened skills in poker allowed him to save some cash that helped him pay for his education for about four years, until he was able to graduate with a bachelor's degree in education. While fulfilling his teaching duties, life seemed fine for Tomko as he worked by day and played by night. Soon, his earnings as a professional poker player exceeded that of his teaching career annually, so he decided to quit his job and become a professional poker player full time. This allowed him to go on different tournaments where he met his close friends and fellow poker greats Jack Binion and Doyle Brunson.

During his first try at the WSOP back in 1974, Dewey Tomko had his first shot at the poker table. This tournament turned out to be his first taste of competition as he battled it out with other amateurs in the defunct tourney called the "Businessman's Tournament." After five years, Tomko was able to secure his first ever WSOP gold bracelet as he played in the 1,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event. Around 1982, Tomko went up against Jack "Treetop" Strauss during the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em table at the WSOP Main Event. However, a timely interference of the river card secured Straus' victory, and Tomko finished in second, pocketing $208,000. After a while, the tide changed, and Tomko finished first place twice in the $5,000 Omaha Pot-Limit events in the WSOP in 1984. Around that same year, he secured the first place in the Grand Prix of Poker for the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em game, winning $355,000 as prize.

Despite his many appearances in the WSOP, Tomko is still to get that big-cash win. He has often come in second place, as in 2001, where he lost to Carlos Mortensen. This was repeated in 2003, as he played in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event and lost. Today, however, Tomko still continues playing poker in various tourneys while taking care of his various businesses and playing his other favorite sport -- golf. He is now a resident of Winter Haven, Fla, and is currently married with three sons.