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Norman Chad
Born1958 (age 65–66)
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park
  • Sportswriter
  • commentator

Norman Chad (born 1958)[1] is an American sportswriter, poker player and syndicated columnist who is seen on the sports channel ESPN.[2]


Since 2003, Chad has appeared on most of ESPN's poker broadcasts, including the World Series of Poker and The United States Poker Championship, among other events. Since becoming ESPN's poker analyst, Chad has also participated in 65 World Series of Poker events himself. In both 2009 and 2011, he finished in the money of the $1,500 Stud 8 or better event. At the 2012 World Series of Poker, Chad made the final table of the $2,500 1/2 Omaha 8 1/2 Stud 8 event where he finished in sixth place for $36,093, and in 2014, he finished 10th in the $10,000 Stud 8 or better event for $34,550. In 2020, he also finished in the money in two World Series of Poker online bracelet events. In 2021, Chad finished 21st in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event, then in 2022 he finished 13th in the same event.

For 12 years, Chad made NFL predictions against the spread in his syndicated column; Chad picked the winners merely by flipping a coin, and most years ended up with a winning record.[3]

Personal life

Chad is of partial Cuban descent. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, he attended Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, graduating in 1976.[4]

In 2007, Chad announced that he has married for a third time and has started a new "perilous life."[5]


  1. ^ Chad, Norman (May 1, 2016). "If you're going to be an idiot, be an idiot billionaire". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved January 13, 2024. As it turns out, [Mark] Cuban and I both were born in 1958, 17 days apart.
  2. ^ "Norman Chad | ESPN MediaZone". Archived from the original on June 6, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010. Norman Chad Official Bio
  3. ^ ESPN.com: The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons Nov. 16, 2009
  4. ^ ESPN.com: A life so inconceivable, it's beyond fairy tale
  5. ^ "JS Online: In the market for a beer to love and cherish forever". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007.