Puggy Pearson

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:30

Puggy Pearson

A poker biography of Puggy Pearson.

Quick Information

Name - Puggy Pearson (Deceased)

Born - January 29th 1929, Adairville, Kentucky, United States

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Funny how Walter Clyde Pearson got his name as "The Pug," when aside from his flattened nose, there's no way this American player may resemble to the gentle personality of the creature. While the pug is otherwise known to be very sociable and clingy to his master, Puggy Pearson only knew too well how to wag the tails of his formidable rivals on the poker table. If wine, when aged well, is called vintage, then Puggy Pearson may then be called a legend. Before poker assumed its celebrity status as a popular game, this American pro first learned his tricks in being a crude hustler on pool and in other things in life that he could only take as a challenge.

Born on January 29, 1929 in Adairville, Kentucky, perhaps the most exciting moments in all his 77 years of living were all devoted to gambling. He doesn't only play with cards, but Puggy Pearson also play tricks on people's minds. This natural instinct is actually one of his best traits. They say that he may already be born with it. But knowing how life used to be for the young Puggy, he may also have earned it all from his humble beginnings.

Not that it was a shame, but Puggy Pearson had to quit school when he was just in 5th grade in order to help his family and nine of his other siblings. This for a young boy may be considered a risk or simply a gamble for his future. But nevertheless, he learned his lessons well early in life. This American poker master was actually raised in Tennessee and also served for the U.S. Navy at age 17. By playing with other service men, he was able to hone his gambling skills not only in pool, but also in different poker games. It became a lavish source of income at that time. After his serving three terms for the navy, Puggy Pearson then embarked on a new journey. He traveled all over U.S. to play in back rooms or wherever there exists a game of poker. He was a veteran in the poker circuit, until he became a solid figure in the final tables of World Series of Poker (WSOP) events from 1970 to 2005. He won for the Limit Seven-Card Stud event in 1971, while his first main event victories include the $4,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud and 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em in 1973. At age 58, Puggy Pearson became one of the few poker hall of famers in 1987. With four WSOP bracelets, critics believe that Seven-Card Stud is his best game.

If it weren't for Puggy Pearson, poker events would have been solely a cash game. This American poker superstar actually introduced the concept of a freeze out where players all have equal chips. They'll only leave the table soon as they've spent out all their limited chances. This game pattern inspired a host of poker tournaments with WSOP as the foremost leader of events. With an ingenuity of a real gambler, Puggy Pearson is still a living legacy even after the death of this incredible player on April 12, 2006. To say that he is a poker master could not be enough to describe this legendary man because what he really is, is a gambler who knew no retreat from risk, but rather take chances in life. His tour bus, which has a quote "I'll play any man from any land any game he can name for any amount he can count. Provided I like it!"-- says it all.