Gary Berland

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Gary Berland
Nickname(s) Bones
Born (1950-05-09)May 9, 1950
Gardena, California
Died February 6, 1988(1988-02-06) (aged 37)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 5
Money finish(es) 11
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
3rd, 1986

Gary "Bones" Berland (May 9, 1950 – February 6, 1988)[1] was an American professional poker player who won five World Series of Poker bracelets.

Early life[edit]

Berland was born and raised in Gardena, California. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada with his family in 1968 and attended UNLV. He left college after two years to become a full-time professional poker player. He also worked as a poker dealer during his early years as a poker player to supplement his income and help build his bankroll.

Poker career[edit]

Berland finished runner-up to Doyle Brunson in the 1977 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit Texas hold'em main event,[2] but did not cash because the tournament had a winner-take-all format until 1978.[3] In 1978, Berland won the $500 Seven Card Stud and the $1,000 Seven Card Razz events. His total winnings for these were more than $36,000.[4] He also finished third in the 1986 main event. His total live tournament winnings exceeded $300,000.[5] Berland's 11 cashes at the World Series of Poker totalled $220,390.

According to Brunson, he died of a rare blood disorder.[6]

World Series Of Poker Bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1977 $500 Seven-Card Razz $8,300
1978 $1,000 Seven-Card Razz $19,200
1978 $500 Seven-Card Stud $17,100
1979 $500 Seven-Card Stud $24,000
1979 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo $20,400


  1. ^ Gary Berland
  2. ^ 8th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1977
  3. ^ - Summary of 1978 Tournament
  4. ^ "Winner by Character and Destiny Gary "Bones" Berland". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  5. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  6. ^ Doyle Brunson: My Second world Championship

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