Eli Elezra

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Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra.jpg
Eli Elezra in the 2007 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Mr. Vegas,[1] Wizard
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 56)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 3
Final table(s) 12
Money finish(es) 40[2]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
107th, 2011
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 2

Eliahu Ilan Elezra[3] (Hebrew: אלי אלעזרא‎‎; born November 24, 1960 in Jerusalem) is an Israeli professional poker player and businessman, now living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While he was in Israel, Elezra was a lieutenant in the Golani Brigade.[citation needed] He was bedridden by a leg injury; during this time he began playing poker.[citation needed] Before moving to Las Vegas, Elezra spent several years working in Alaska, prior to starting his career as a professional poker player.[citation needed]

Since moving to America, Elezra has had numerous money finishes in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Omaha, Texas Hold 'em and Draw events. In July 2004, Elezra won the World Poker Tour $10,000 no limit hold'em event at the 2004 Mirage Poker Showdown, where he won $1,024,574. Elezra has played in "The Big Game" in Vegas for many years. He appeared in the second and third seasons of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. He played in seasons 1-6 of GSN series High Stakes Poker. In 2009, he appeared on several episodes of Poker After Dark.

Elezra won his first bracelet by winning the World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low in the 2007 World Series of Poker 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.[4]

As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,100,000.[5] His 25 cashes at the WSOP account for $692,290 of those winnings.[6]

He became a Full Tilt Pro[7][when?] after years of playing on the site[chronology citation needed] and had his own H.O.R.S.E table.[8]

Elezra released a long-awaited 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 and is currently available only in Hebrew, with an English-language version set for release by the end of the year.[9]

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


  1. ^ pokerlistings.com profile
  2. ^ WSOP player profile
  3. ^ US Search "Eli Elezra"[dead link]
  4. ^ pokerpages.com report Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  6. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com
  7. ^ Eli Elezra's Full Tilt page Archived August 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Where are they now, pokerworks.com
  9. ^ Eli Elezra Launches Biography with Tel Aviv Book Signing, cardplayerlifestyle.com

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