Russ Hamilton is a professional
poker player. Hamilton moved
from Detroit, Michigan to Las
Vegas, Nevada in 1984 for
better weather. He opened a
burglar alarm business, and
was very successful at
gambling, including betting on
basketball and playing poker.
Russ Hamilton WSOP Gallery of Champions
Russ
Hamilton
Russ Hamilton is a professional poker player.

Hamilton moved from Detroit, Michigan to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1984 for
better weather. He opened a burglar alarm business, and was very
successful at gambling, including betting on basketball and playing poker.

Hamilton won the main event of the 1994 World Series of Poker, taking a
$1,000,000 prize. Because it was the silver (25th) anniversary of the WSOP,
he also won his weight in silver, over $26,000. During the later stages of the
tournament, the crowd at Binion's was cheering for "Big Russ" to win, since
he was clearly the physically largest of the players still in, and would
therefore have the largest prize.

Hamilton doesn't travel to play a lot of poker, mainly playing in the larger
tournaments. He says since he has already won the WSOP, he doesn't play
to win a title anymore, just to get money, and so he will frequently offer to
split prize money with other players instead of taking an all-or-nothing risk.

Hamilton routinely plays high stakes golf against other amateurs. He can
shoot in the seventies, exceptional for an amateur.

Hamilton was also a bookie and oddsmaker in Detroit.

As of 2006 his live tournament winnings exceed $1,310,000.
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