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Christopher Philip Ferguson, better known as Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, is a World Champion professional poker player and one of the founding members of the online poker room, FullTiltPoker.com.

He got his famous nickname because of his trademark long brown hair and beard. He also always appears wearing a cowboy hat and dark glasses. Ferguson is renowned for his quiet manner and his tendency to adopt a completely motionless pose to avoid giving any tells away in live poker games.

Chris Ferguson is super smart. Both his parents were mathematicians. His father teaches game theory and theoretical probability at UCLA. The talent and interest clearly rubbed off.

Ferguson himself was a student at UCLA for a very long time, spending 5 years as an undergraduate and a further 13 years as a graduate student before completing a Ph.D. in computer science (focusing on virtual network algorithms). Understandably, Chris has a very mathematical style of playing poker and it seems to pay off big time for him as his career results show...

Five years after attending his first World Series of Poker, Ferguson won the WSOP Main Event in the year 2000, beating T.J. Cloutier heads-up to become the World Champion and collect the first place prize of $1,500,000.

He also won another WSOP bracelet that year in the $2,500 Seven Card Stud event, collecting an additional $151,000. The following year he won the WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better for $164,735. In 2003, he won another two WSOP titles, collecting $123,680 in the WSOP $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better and another $66,220 for winning the WSOP $2,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em - 1/2 Seven Card Stud event.

Chris has also enjoyed great success at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship. He won the event in 2008, pocketing $500,000 for beating Andy Bloch in the final and is second only to Huck Seed for the most wins across the six seasons of the event.

In total Chris Ferguson has earned over $10 Million from live poker tournaments. This includes over $4 Million from his 63 cashes at the WSOP.

Final fascinating Ferguson facts:

Chris is an absolute ninja with playing cards. He can throw them so hard that they slice clean through bananas, carrots, and even melons! Yikes! This may be why no one is ever mean to him at the poker table!

Chris set himself a personal challenge to build a bankroll from nothing. He turned $1 into $20,000 over a six-month period. He then repeated the challenge on Full Tilt Poker going from $0 to $20,000 by first playing in freerolls!

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Name: Chris Ferguson
Age: 55
Born: Los Angeles, California
Lives: Pacific Palisades, California
Nickname: Jesus

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