Sailor Roberts

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Sailor Roberts
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Sailor Roberts (center) at the 1979 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Sailor
Born (1931-03-07)March 7, 1931
Died June 23, 1995(1995-06-23) (aged 64)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finish(es) 3
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 1975

Bryan W. "Sailor" Roberts (March 7, 1931 – June 23, 1995)[1] was an American professional poker player.

Before becoming a poker professional, Roberts was a rounder and traveled the country looking for games with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.[2] In addition to his career as a poker player, he was also a renowned contract bridge player.[3]

Roberts won the 1975 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, gaining his second WSOP bracelet and $210,000.[4] His first bracelet had been at the 1974 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event.[2]

Roberts earned his nickname "Sailor" for having served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.[2]

Roberts died from cirrhosis caused by hepatitis.[2]

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2012.

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1974 $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw $35,850
1975 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $210,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bryan W Roberts". Social Security Death Index. Retrieved 2009-07-31. Bryan W Roberts 07 Mar 1931 Jun 23 1995 97223 (Portland, Washington, OR) (none specified) 543-32-2048 Oregon 
  2. ^ a b c d Sailor Roberts: Poker Pioneer. Famous Poker Players.
  3. ^ World Series of Poker: A Retrospective - Early Player Bios. Center for Gaming Research.
  4. ^ “Sailor” Roberts celebrates his triumph at poker table. Ellensburg Daily Record. May 19, 1975.

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