Rhett ButlerMon, 16 Jun 2008 21:30
A poker biography of Rhett Butler.
Name - Rhett Butler
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Gone with the Wind with $3M in Hand
If you are a movie buff, the name Rhett Butler surely rings a bell to you. After all, this was the name of the character immortalized by the handsome Clark Gable in the 1939 move adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel, "Gone with the Wind." It was the charming Rhett Butler who spoke the now-famous line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." When the movie became a big hit, many people have been named Rhett including a well-known poker star.
Rhett Butler, the poker player, started playing poker 25 years ago. This 44-year-old poker millionaire was born in Baltimore, Maryland but now resides in Rockville. He earned his college degree from James Madison University. Before becoming an insurance agent, Rhett already used to play poker for a living. For this reason, it's no longer a wonder how this family-oriented and friendly guy managed to end up in the 2006 World Series of Poker final table along with other poker masters Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka.
Even though he's already playing poker for more than 25 years, Rhett did not get the biggest break of poker career until 2006. In this prestigious tournament, Rhett played in the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event. Out of the 8,773 poker players, Rhett was among the lucky nine who got to play in The Main Event. However, Rhett hadn't been so lucky -- he only ended up in the 5th place, just above Richard Lee and Douglas Kim. But even though he didn't win the much-coveted WSOP bracelet, he went home with more than $3 million in winnings.
After his remarkable 5th place win in the 2006 WSOP, Rhett managed to enter other equally prestigious poker events that same year. He entered the Bellagio Five Diamond World Classic where he ended up in the 4th place. Even if he didn't bag the first place for the second time, Rhett still took home $51,890 in cash prize. In 2007, he also entered The Wynn Classic, where he brought home more than $41,000 in cash.
Even though winning more than $3 million gives Rhett something to brag about, this poker master remains modest about his success. As a matter of fact, in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, Rhett said that he was playing for his friends and family. Although poker is his life, Rhett believes that winning would not be as meaningful if not for the people he cares about. Indeed, it can be said that Rhett's success in the 2006 WSOP can be attributed to his friends who cheered him on until the end of the tournament.
However, Rhett's poker career does not end with his 2006 WSOP 5th place win. This "Gone With The Wind"-character namesake intends to play more poker and participate in more tournaments. He also hopes to end up a finalist in another major poker event soon and this time, win the first prize. For the meantime, though, Rhett is happy to spend most of his time with his wife and three children. At present, Rhett's total poker winnings already reach $3,317,212.