Jesse Alto

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Jesse Alto

A poker biography of Jesse Alto.

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Name - Jesse Alto

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Aside from being a native of Texas, not much is known about Jesse Alto. He may not have greatly influenced the way of the world that not so many things were written about him. He was not a scientist smart enough to offer the world loads of helpful inventions and he has not laid down his life yet for his own country. He is neither extremely affluent as Bill Gates nor noble as Mahatma Gandhi. All that is known about him is that he is a wholehearted and determined poker player and the fact that he is great in his own field is enough reason for many people to admire him.

A Great Poker Player

Alto may not have obtained any World Series of Poker bracelet, but he is still recognized as a great player because of his many victories. He is famous for his countless World Series of Poker main event table participation. He was visible in many events from 1970 to 1980. He joined five World Series of Poker Main events: 1976, 1978, 1984, 1985, and 1986. In 1976, he became a runner-up to Doyle Brunson in the final table and he became 5th place winner in the World Series of Poker Championship - No Limit Hold'em event. In 1984, he bagged two victories: 3rd place in World Series of Poker No Limit Hold'em event and 4th place in World Series of Poker Limit Ace to Five Draw. He got another two big wins in 1985: 6th place in World Series of Poker Pot Limit Omaha and 6th place in No Limit Hold'em event. He also won 6th place in the No Limit Hold'em event again in 1985. In 1986, he got the 4th place in No Limit Hold'em event and in 1988, he won 9th place in the same event.

A Famous Rivalry

Alto is known for his interesting experiences in poker games. One of these is his encounter with Byron "Cowboy" Wolford. It is known in the poker circuit that Wolford won over Alto with his $156,000 bet, which resulted to Alto's exit in the tournament.

This rivalry started in 1984 when the two poker players were playing in the same poker house in Corpus. Alto was losing his temper while playing and Wolford said something to him that made his tempers flare. Alto hit Wolford square in the face and the two had a serious clash.

During the World Series of Poker, the two players reconciled but they were set to fight at the final table event where Jack Keller was also a contender. This time, Alto was leading over his opponents. This is because he became really good at the event since he became a runner-up to Brunson in 1976.

Alto was so close to final victory but Wolford made his way and overtook Alto's lead. Wolford risked $15,000 and Alto called the bet. From that time until the game finished, Wolford played with good strategy that rendered Alto at the losing end. In the final round, Wolford eventually won the game.

Jesse Alto is a poker player who knows both victory and defeat. What makes him a great player is his ability to still put on a good fight regardless of the outcome.