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The Man Who Came in Second

Frank “Second-Best” Henderson

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Sep 17, 2010

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I ran into Frank Henderson at this year’s World Series of Poker. Frank, one of the most likeable guys in poker, always has a funny story to tell. My favorite is the one about the time he was playing in a lowball game that included four women at the table. Jokingly, he asked if they had an interest in anything else besides lowball — sex, for example — and one of the women replied, “Do you mean sex-five or sex-four?” Henderson has a bracelet in pot-limit Omaha from 1989, but he is known mostly for carrying around a pad and pencil and selling pieces of himself in tournaments. He is so anxious to have his fellow players share in his successes that he is acknowledged to be the undisputed master of letting others take chunks of him. During his long career, in fact, he’s sold more pieces of himself than ...


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