Joe Bartholdi

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Joe Bartholdi

A poker biography of Joe Bartholdi.

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Name - Joe Bartholdi

Born - 1980, California, United States

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Finding Hope in Second Chance

Gambling has been the middle name of Joe Bartholdi since he first stepped to fifth grade. In fact, "Gambles" was a nickname he used in his early years. During those years, Joe was very infamous at school because he used to sell cigarettes and used to often engage in fistfights. A troublemaker, Joe often get dismissed from school.

Bad as he was before, those who know Joe Bartholdi now just can't help but admire him. A well-known figure in the poker industry, Joe gets the respects of both his fans and colleagues. This 27-year-old South California native first launched his career in professional poker at the age of 21. His interest in poker started when his family decided to live in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father was a poker dealer in one of the many casinos there, and Bartholdi spent many of his hours playing and gambling in the pool halls.

Even though he was already gambling at an early age, Bartholdi's professional poker career didn't start until 2002. It was during this year that he met Russ "Dutch" Boyd at the World Series of Poker. Together, they formed "The Crew," which is composed mainly of poker players. With The Crew, Joe started playing poker online at $15 to $30 games. All went well for Bartholdi until he lost $4,000 in one poker session over the Web. Feeling like he let his colleagues down, Bartholdi quit The Crew and resigned from playing poker online. Instead, he got a job as a dealer in the Binion's Horseshoe and started playing live games again.

It wasn't long before Bartholdi was able to build his bankroll again. Using a $50 bankroll from an online poker site, Bartholdi was able to pump it to more than $200,000. However, Bartholdi's bad playing strategies made him lost the $200,000 in a short span of time. Getting over the huge lost was tough for Bartholdi; fortunately, one of his friends, Joe Cassidy, was willing to help him get back on his feet. Cassidy staked him during the 2005 World Series of Poker tournament, where he landed the fifth place in the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event that earned him $71,445.

Taking care not to lose his bankroll again, Bartholdi entered the fourth season of the World Poker Tour. For Bartholdi, it was the event that would change his life. Defeating more than 600 poker players, Bartholdi won the title and walked away with $3,760,165 in cash. Among those who defeated were James Van Alstyne and Claus Nielsen, who he faced in the final table. Apart from the World Poker Tour, Bartholdi also joined other major poker tournaments. Among these is the World Poker Tour Battle of Champions IV. As of 2006, Bartholdi's total winning is estimated to be more than $4,000,000.

Fans of Bartholdi will be surprised to know that poker isn't his only hobby -- this poker master is also a musician. As a matter of fact, in his interview with Card Player Magazine, Bartholdi boasted to have penned 25 songs. Aside from his songwriting skills, Bartholdi can also play the guitar.