Meehan at the 2005 World Series of Poker.
|Nickname(s)||Minneapolis Jim, Silent Jim|
|Residence||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
Jim Meehan (born March 19 in Saint Paul, Minnesota), sometimes known as Minneapolis Jim Meehan, is an American professional poker player from Burnsville, Minnesota. Prior to his poker career, Meehan worked as a lawyer for many years.
Meehan began playing poker in the 1960s, and began playing poker tournaments regularly in 1997, when he had a 2nd-place finish in the $3,000 limit hold'em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). He finished 3rd in the $2,500 limit Omaha event at the 1999 WSOP.
He eventually won a WSOP bracelet in 2003 in the $2,000 no limit hold'em event, defeating a final table that included Juha Helppi, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Sexton and Kathy Liebert. He also won a World Championship of Online Poker bracelet that same year in the $500 Buy In Limit Holdem event, besting a field of almost 700.
Meehan has made one World Poker Tour (WPT) final table, during the third season. He finished in 6th place at a final table including Eli Elezra, Lee Watkinson, Gabe Kaplan, John Juanda and Scotty Nguyen.
He also made the final table of the Ultimate Poker Challenge first season championship. Meehan entered the seven-handed TV table as the short stack but finished in 3rd place despite being given a time penalty for foul language. He was eliminated by the eventual winner, James Van Alstyne.
Meehan's character at the poker table is often categorized by drinking alcohol at the poker table, particularly Heineken beer or whiskey, and keeping an unlit cigarette in his mouth. He also makes a habit of engaging his opponents in banter between and during hands.
As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,300,000. His 19 cashes as the WSOP account for $648,224 of those winnings.
He has four children.