Mickey Wernick

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Mickey Wernick
Wernick in January 2007
Nickname(s)The Worm, The Legend, Lord Wernick
ResidenceBirmingham, England
BornMichael D. Wernick
2 July 1944 (1944-07-02) (age 79)
Warsaw, Poland
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)8
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
European Poker Tour
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)2

Michael D. "Mickey" Wernick (2 July 1944 – 18 April 2023)[1] was an English retired bookmaker and professional poker player from Birmingham.

Whilst growing up, Wernick was a keen amateur boxer and won the Midlands Area Amateur title. He has also met Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.

Wernick formed a poker club in 1970 with his father Solly. He was a mainstay of the British poker scene, who eventually began traveling to the World Series of Poker. He has since cashed on 6 occasions, in no limit hold'em, razz and lowball events. In the 1986 WSOP he finished second in an Omaha event.

Wernick made the quarter-finals of the 2003 World Heads-Up Poker Championship, losing to eventual winner John Cernuto. Wernick finished on the television bubble of the European Poker Tour event in Deauville.

Wernick was ranked the #1 player across all poker variants in Europe for 2005.[2] This led to his induction into the European Poker Players Hall of Fame as its eighth inductee, making him the oldest inductee to date.[3]

As of 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,075,000.[4]


  1. ^ Parkin, Isabelle (13 May 2023). "Tributes to Wolverhampton's legend of poker Mickey Wernick who passed away aged 78". Express & Star. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  2. ^ Pokernews.com: Mickey Wernick Scoops Euro Rankings
  3. ^ European Poker Players Hall of Fame Entry
  4. ^ "Micky Wernick's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 24 November 2023.