Jack Straus

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Jack Straus

A poker biography of Jack Straus.

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Name - Jack Straus (Deceased)

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Our world is a jungle where only those who are brave enough to fight will survive. Jack Straus knew this very well and everyone will agree that this man is one of those who lived through remarkable fights. This American poker player got what it takes to succeed in this fairly competitive life: the guts. He was never afraid to lay down great amounts of what he had despite huge chances of losing. Likewise, he played every game in his life with fervent anticipation of the things he would reap from it. He had both the emotional and mental strengths that made it easy for him to take even the most dangerous risks to obtain fulfillment in what he does.

The courage of this poker master probably rooted from his experiences as a young adult. Born in 1930, Straus lived most of his childhood life in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in the deep South, he acquired the tough ways of a typical Southerner. He dealt with travelers who wanted to enjoy road gambling amusement and from it, he developed a keen interest in poker games. He also obtained the desire for adventures. He traveled to Africa to indulge in some hunting escapades. Once, after conquering a lion, he carved the saying, "Better a day as a lion than one hundred years as a lamb" in the paw of the captured beast.

Just like other people, Straus also received formal education. He graduated from Texas A & M with a Business Administration degree. After college, he became a teacher. However, being a teacher means more time for making lesson plans and no time for risk-taking escapades. It was during this time that Straus realized that school was not the world fit for him. Thus, he left his profession and focused on his venture for gambling.

With his courage and love for adventure, Straus did well in his poker games. By 1950, he was already respected by known players like Byron Wolford, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, and Johnny Moss. In 1973, he won a World Series of Poker bracelet for the Deuce to Seven competition. In 1982, after winning many games in Texas, he went to Las Vegas and became a respected poker player there.

Although Straus finished several poker battles with victory on his side, he was still human enough to encounter defeat. Although he gained people's respect in Las Vegas, his boldness was not enough to make him win every game. Being too ardent did not grant him success in ring games. His extremely aggressive nature also did not make him famous all over the world. He did not receive much promotion and media exposure because he was not really great during actual competition.

Even though Straus was not suited for real tournaments, he did well in every side game. Until the last days of his life, he remained a genuine and enthusiastic poker player. He died in August of 1988 because of heart attack. The great player that he was while still alive, he now belongs to the Poker Hall of Fame.

"You can't take them with you and they may not have much value in five years' time, but right now I can take them and trade them for pleasure," this great poker player once said. For Jack Straus, playing poker did not depend solely on the monetary value the game brings. Poker game was his passion and he played every game with his best despite the risk of losing all his money because he found fulfillment in doing what he wanted the most.