Eli Elezra

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Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra 2018.jpg
Eli Elezra in 2018
Nickname(s)Mr. Vegas,[1] Wizard
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 62)
World Series of Poker
Final table(s)21
Money finish(es)75[2]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
107th, 2011
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)1
Money finish(es)5[3]

Eliahu Ilan Elezra[4] (Hebrew: אלי אלעזרא; born November 24, 1960, in Jerusalem) is an Israeli professional poker player and businessman, now living in Las Vegas, Nevada. With five WSOP bracelets and a WPT win in the post Moneymaker era, he is one of the most successful players since the poker boom.

Since moving to America, Elezra has had more than 70 money finishes in the WSOP in Omaha, Texas Hold 'em and Draw events. In July 2004, Elezra won the WPT Mirage Poker Showdown, where he collected $1,024,574 for his efforts. Elezra has played in "The Big Game" in Vegas for many years. He appeared in the second and third season of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. Elezra came known to the big public when he played in seasons 1–6 of the legendary GSN series High Stakes Poker and has appeared on several episodes of Poker After Dark. He also was a Full Tilt Pro.[5]

Elezra won his first bracelet by winning the World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low in the WSOP of 2007 after defeating Scotty Nguyen heads-up. Before the event, Elezra had made a side bet with Barry Greenstein laying 10:1 odds that he would win a World Series bracelet in 2007. He bet $25,000 and collected $250,000, resulting in more money than the first place prize in the event that he won.[6]

As of 2022, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,000,000.[7] His cashes at the WSOP account for over $3,000,000 of those winnings.[2]

Elezra released a biography about his life and career in poker in March 2017 entitled Poker Legend. The book was co-written by professional Israeli poker players Matan Krakow and Yoav Ronal. The book was translated into English by Robbie Strazynski and published by Two Plus Two Publishing under the title Pulling the Trigger in January 2019.[8][9]

Elezra was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2021.[10]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2007 $3,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low $198,984
2013 $2,500 2–7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) $173,236
2015 $1,500 Seven Card Stud $112,591
2019 $1,500 Seven Card Stud $93,766
2022 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $611,362

Personal life[edit]

Eli Elezra served in one of the Israeli Defense Force's Golani Brigades. During his time in the army, he served time in an Israeli prison for disobeying military orders.[11]

He was discharged after he sustained a leg injury in the 1982 Lebanon War.

Later, he moved to the USA where he first began to work in the fish industry in Alaska, before making his way to Las Vegas to become the owner of a successful film-developing business in 1988.[12] It was thanks to this venture that he started to enter the poker scene.


  1. ^ pokerlistings.com profile
  2. ^ a b WSOP.com:Eli Elezra
  3. ^ World Poker Tour profile
  4. ^ US Search "Eli Elezra"[dead link]
  5. ^ Eli Elezra's Full Tilt page Archived August 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ pokerpages.com report Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  8. ^ "What Ever Happened To Eli Elezra?". Casino.org. June 17, 2021. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  9. ^ Eli Elezra Launches Biography with Tel Aviv Book Signing, cardplayerlifestyle.com
  10. ^ Pokernews.com: Eli Elezra Selected as 2021 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee
  11. ^ "Eli Elezra: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Unpaid Debts". Upswing Poker. April 30, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "Eli Elezra's Life: Biggest Profits, Losses and Net Worth". Somuchpoker. July 28, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.

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