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Billy Baxter: Career Gambler

His Path Winds Through the Course of Modern Poker History

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Oct 16, 2009

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“It’s a hard way to make an easy living” is a maxim that resonates with poker players and gamblers around the world. It surely does with Billy Baxter, who has been gambling for a living since he was 14 years old; for more than 50 years, he has earned his living as a gambler. Whether it was shooting pool in his younger days, playing poker, or betting sports, he has supported his wife and three children by using his wit and skill to win millions of dollars. His gambling resume runs the gamut. He has won seven World Series of Poker gold bracelets (five of them coming in no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball), has managed boxers, and is a well-respected sports bettor. In 1986, he stood up to the U.S. government and won a landmark court case that protects the winnings of poker players as earned income. And in 2006, he was ...


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