Carl Nessel

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Carl Nessel
Residence Thousand Oaks, CA
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1
Highest ITM
Main Event finish

In 2004, Carl Nessel, aka Coach (born 1947), was a retired fire fighter and part-time poker tournament employee who won a bracelet in the Casino Employees Championship event at the World Series of Poker.[1] Prior to the 2004 WSOP, Coach was a regular poker player around Thousand Oaks, CA and worked part-time at various poker tournaments around the city. At the 2004 WSOP, Coach was employed as a "Chip Runner."[1] "To get to any final table, let alone the World Series, is an accomplishment that goes beyond anything else in poker," the Coach said. "I saw light at the end of the tunnel when I got (heads-up against Pockat), but the light turned out to be a train."[2]

Coach's lifetime winnings exceed $83,000.[3]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2004 $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em $40,000


  1. ^ a b "Poker Tournament Results". 35th Annual World Series of Poker. Poker Pages. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  2. ^ Nalan, Dalla. "Former Firefighter, Carl "Coach" Nessel, Sparkles in First Event at 2004 World Series of Poker". The Poker Forum. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Carl Nessel". TheHendonMob. Full Tilt Poker. Retrieved 2009-05-31.