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World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Profile -- Steven Gee

2010 Bracelet Winner The Oldest Player Remaining At Final Table


This week, Card Player will be looking at each of 2012 World Series of Poker main event final tablists, starting with the shortest stacks and working our way up to the chip leader. Be sure to check back each day to read more about the October Nine.

Steven Gee hails from Sacramento, California, where he has played limit poker cash games for decades. He held an eight-to-five job managing the software development team at CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System).

At 57-years-old, Gee is the oldest player at the final table. If he were to go on to win the main event, he would be the first player over 50 to become world champion in the new millennium.

In 2008, Gee decided to make poker his full-time profession, a decision that some questioned. “Everybody thought I was crazy and didn’t think I could survive playing poker,” said Gee of how his decision to go pro was first received. Validation of that move was not far off however.

“I didn’t start playing tournaments until 2009. My first World Series cash was that year, and I cashed in the very first tournament I played despite not having much no-limit experience,” said Gee. “The next year I was playing strictly no-limit cash games, and in 2010 I came back and won my bracelet in only my ninth World Series tournament.”

Gee’s bracelet win came in a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. He outlasted a field of 3,042 to capture a massive $472,479 payday. Gee is the only player at the final table to win a WSOP gold bracelet outside of Greg Merson, who won his first just weeks before making the final table and will be sitting directly to Gee’s left.

Gee has not hired a coach to help in his preparation for the final table, and is instead relying on studying the ESPN coverage of the tournament and the experience he gained winning his first bracelet.

With $8,531,853 on the line for first place, and plenty of money to be won throughout the final table spots, Gee realizes just how huge a moment this could be for him.

“This is the one tournament that is actually truly life changing,” said Gee with a smile. “So as far as excitement, it’s like I’m still dreaming.”

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