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Joe Beevers
Joe Beevers.jpg
Beevers with his trophy after winning the 2007 Poker Million
Nickname(s) The Elegance
Residence London, England
Born Joseph Charles Beevers
9 December 1967 (1967-12-09) (age 49)
Marylebone, London, England
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finish(es) 15
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
151st, 2005
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1

Joseph Charles "Joe" Beevers (born 9 December 1967 in Marylebone, London) is an English professional poker player and a member of The Hendon Mob.

During his lengthy poker career, Beevers became one of the pioneers of poker on television by appearing in every series of Late Night Poker, where he made a record 3 grand finals.[1][2][3] Beevers also won the 2007 Poker Million and finished runner-up in two further televised poker events.[4][5]

Early years

Beevers' father taught him how to count cards in blackjack from age 10. His father also taught Beevers how to work out permutations and probabilities on a Sinclair ZX81 computer. Beevers left school at age 16, and became a part of a card-counting team with his father and two others at age 18. They often played at the Sergeant Yorkes Casino in Luton, where they found a croupier who often paid out 3-1 on blackjacks, and sometimes also paid out when a player's hand was bust. The team eventually stopped playing as their success led to Beevers being banned from 4 London casinos, and his father being banned from 19. Between them they were banned from 21 out of 23 London casinos. They also went to gamble on horse racing events about three times a week.[6][7][8][9]

Beevers worked first for NatWest (as his father had done before him) then for Citibank in Hammersmith. He went on to attend Middlesex University as a mature student towards of the end of his 4 years playing regular blackjack, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honour's degree in Finance and Accounting at the age of 24.[6][8]

Around this time, Beevers placed dog racing bets for future Hendon Mobster Ram Vaswani in Harrow, and they later met in Luton, starting an ongoing friendship.[7]

Poker career

Beevers began playing poker by entering a £10 pot limit stud rebuy poker tournament during a blackjack session in Luton. He went on to regularly play in a seven-card stud game in North London, where he estimates he won £35,000 to start his bankroll. By the time he finished university, he was earning well enough from playing poker and giving lessons to teachers and other students that he never returned to office work.[9][10]

Prior to the emergence of televised poker, Beevers ran private poker games with Ram Vaswani. They played much pot limit Omaha there, which Beevers considers to be his preferred poker variant.[11] It was in this game that they met Barny and Ross Boatman, the other two members of the Hendon Mob. Beevers began to travel to tournaments and won his first major event in Amsterdam in 1997. Upon winning, Beevers called his flatmate at 3am and sang Queen's "We Are the Champions" down the phone to him.[6][12]

Beevers and the rest of The Hendon Mob were invited by Nic Szeremeta to appear in the brand new Late Night Poker television series, and supported the then-questionable idea of using a hole cam to make poker into a spectator sport.[6] Beevers appeared in all 6 series of the show, and is tied with Dave Colclough for a record 10 appearances. Beevers made the Grand Final in seasons 1,[1] 4[2] and 5.[3]

Beevers was the first member of The Hendon Mob to cash in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, placing 14th in the $2,500 pot limit Texas hold 'em event in the 1996 World Series of Poker.[13]

Beevers also finished as the runner-up both to Jimmy White in the 2003 Poker Million and to Xuyen Pham in The Gaming Club World Poker Championship. He also finished on the TV bubble of the World Poker Tour (WPT) season 3 championship and finished in the money of the 2005 WSOP $10,000 no limit hold'em main event.[4][5][14][15][16]

His major titles include:

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,400,000.[24]

He is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.[25]

Beevers has written over 40 articles[26] on The Hendon Mob's website, the introduction to the European edition of Michael Kaplan's book Aces and Kings (ISBN 1-84529-298-7)[27] and two poker lessons for Matthew Hilger's website internettexasholdem.com.[28][29]

Personal life

Beevers' nickname "The Elegance" originates from the lifestyle he has been able to live through his poker winnings. He drives a Porsche 911 with the personalised number-plate Joe 911.[8] In fact, Beevers is the only member of The Hendon Mob who kept his original nickname given by Victoria Coren in the first article on them, in the Evening Standard in September 2000.[9] He is a season ticket holder at West Ham United F.C..[30]

Beevers lives in Hendon with his wife Claire, whom he married at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada at the conclusion of the 2005 WSOP.[6] He has twin daughters, born 21 February 2006 named Millie and Lola.[31]

References

  1. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 1 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 4 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 5 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  4. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Poker Million 2003 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  5. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "The Gaming Club World Poker Championship results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Des (2006). Swimming with the Devilfish. Macmillan. ISBN 1-4050-8952-0. 
  7. ^ a b Beevers, Joe. "You've Got to Start Somewhere". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  8. ^ a b c Anonymous (2004-10-03). "Risky Business". London: Business Times Online. Retrieved 2006-08-03.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "timesonline" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ a b c May, Jesse. "Up Close and Personal with The Elegance". The Poker Channel. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  10. ^ Hendon Mob, The. "The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  11. ^ Rydin, Staffin. "Joe Beevers". PokerListings.com. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  12. ^ Butt, Robert. "1997 Master Classics of Poker results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  13. ^ Butt, Robert. "1996 $2,500 pot limit hold 'em event results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  14. ^ Butt, Robert. "World Poker Tour season 3 championship results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  15. ^ Beevers, Joe. "Bellagio Bits 'n' Pieces". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  16. ^ Butt, Robert. "2005 World Series of Poker main event results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  17. ^ Anonymous. "Hold 'em 100 Winners Hall of Fame". Hold 'em 100. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  18. ^ Butt, Robert. "£200 pot limit Omaha, British Open 2002 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  19. ^ Butt, Robert. "2003 Irish Open results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  20. ^ Butt, Robert. "£300 pot limit hold'em, Poker Classics 2003 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  21. ^ Butt, Robert. "$5,000 no limit hold'em, Four Queens Poker Classic 2004 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  22. ^ Butt, Robert. "Poker Nations Cup 2006 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  23. ^ Butt, Robert. "Poker Nations Cup 2008 results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  24. ^ Butt, Robert. "Joe Beevers - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  25. ^ Anonymous. "Joe "The Elegance" Beevers". Full Tilt Poker. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  26. ^ Beevers, Joe. "Articles by Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  27. ^ Beevers, Joe. "Aces and Kings". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  28. ^ Beevers, Joe. "Joe Beevers 1: SnG". InternetTexasHoldem.com. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  29. ^ Beevers, Joe. "Beevers 6-Handed NL". InternetTexasHoldem.com. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  30. ^ Beevers, Joe. "When the Bubble is not the Bubble". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  31. ^ Beevers, Joe. "The Irish Open, The Pubs are Closed". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 

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