Johnny Moss grew up in
Odessa, Texas where he
learned how to gamble as a
young boy. A group of cheaters
taught him how to cheat in
games, but Moss put this
knowledge to good use.
Johnny Moss WSOP Gallery of Champions
Johnny
Moss
Profile: Johnny Moss (1907-1997)
Johnny Moss grew up in Odessa, Texas where he learned how to
gamble as a young boy. A group of cheaters taught him how to cheat in
games, but Moss put this knowledge to good use. As a teenager he was
hired by a local saloon to watch over games and make sure they were
played fair. While he was keeping games safe from cheaters, he was
also learning the strategy behind playing poker. Two years later he
became a rounder, a player that travels the country looking for gambling
action.

In 1949 Moss once played with Nick the Greek in a five month long poker
marathon set up by Benny Binion, winning anywhere from $2 million to
$4 million.

Because of people like Nick the Greek, Binion and Moss, poker became
popular and eventually a World Series of Poker was organized. Moss
won the 1970, 1971, and 1974 World Series of Poker main events, tying
him with Stu Ungar for the most WSOP main event titles. For the 1970
event, Moss was actually elected the champion by his peers and only
received a silver cup as his prize. He played at every WSOP from 1970 to
1995 and during his career he won 8 WSOP bracelets and over
$680,000 in tournament play.

Moss was sometimes called the "Grand Old Man" because of his
longevity and superior play. He was one of the charter inductees to the
Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

The starting hand Ace-Ten is named the Johnny Moss in his honor.

Moss, who died in 1997, was sometimes called the "Grand Old Man"
because of his longevity and superior play. He was one of the charter
inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

The starting hand Ace-Ten is named the Johnny Moss in his honor
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