Chris Ferguson

Name:Chris Ferguson

Nickname: Jesus

Born: April 11, 1963

Resides: Pacific Palisades, California

Affiliation: Full Tilt Poker


WSOP Bracelets: 6

WPT Championships: 0

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson

Chris Ferguson known in the poker world as “Jesus” due mainly to his likeness of the original, began playing cards at the age of ten but didn’t actually become a serious card player until later on in life, in the year of 1994. In 1994 Ferguson entered college at UCLA and began playing poker in Internet Relay Chat (IRC) rooms.

From there, Chris ventured into local poker tournaments around California. Chris finished well in a few cash events during 1993, in a variety of poker games that included; Asian Stud, 7 Card Stud, and Pai Gow Poker games. Ferguson’s first 1st place victory came at the Masters of Poker Championship III the next year in 1994, where he took the first place title in the $300 lowball event.

Chris Ferguson Wins the World Series of Poker

Chris made another huge step in his career as a professional poker player when in 1995 he signed up to play in his first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, and cashed. Ferguson took 5th place in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz event. A few years later, Chris went on to win his only, to date, main event title in the WSOP in 2000, making headlines online and in gambling news outlets around the world.

Chris Ferguson received his PhD in Computer Science that focused on virtual network algorithms in 1999. He was an undergraduate for five years and spent a total of thirteen years as a graduate student. Ferguson’s subjects of expertise are game theory and theoretical probability. Chris comes from a family of scholars, made for the game of poker. Chris’s dad teaches statistics at UCLA and his mom has a PhD in Topography. Chris’s style of play during poker is, obviously based on his background, very mathematical and he relies on his knowledge of game theory and computers to help make his poker decisions.

The nickname ‘Jesus’ came mainly from his long brown hair and beard and he also can be spotted wearing his trademark black wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. This trend got started in the early days as Ferguson was trying to hide the fact that he was a college student. He carrys the appearance of a rocker type hippy, which surely made him a few bucks early in his career.

Ferguson helped start the Full Tilt Poker website in 2004 and is still actively involved with the online poker room helping develop the software and trying to keep it the most innovative poker room on the Internet as well as being a sponsored poker pro. You will on occasion find Chris at the Full Tilt tables along with a lot of his poker professional friends.

Chris Ferguson is also known for the ability to cut carrots, bananas, pickles, watermelons and melons in half by throwing a playing card at it from ten feet away. He was a ballroom dancing instructor and still enjoys swing dancing in which he was the president of the swing dancing club at UCLA. If you think Chris Ferguson’s math skills are an advantage at the poker table, you can also add in he has a photographic memory.

Poker Tournament Wins

2008 Heads Up Poker Championship Tournament

$ 5,150 WSOP Circuit Main Event

$20,000 Week 7 –

Poker After Dark

Heat 17 – Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament

Heat 12 –

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament

$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event –

2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit

$10,000 WSOP Circuit Event Championship –

2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em Championship – 2004 Winnin’ o’ the Green

$ 2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split – 34th World Series of Poker

$ 500 Pot Limit Hold’em – California State Poker Championship

$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better – 32nd World Series of Poker

$10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold’em – 31st World Series of Poker

$2,500 7 Card Stud – 31st World Series of Poker

$300 Pot Limit Hold’em-Card – California State Poker Championship

$300 Limit Hold’em -1998 Legends of Poker

$300 No Limit Hold’em –

1996 Legends of Poker

$300 No Limit Hold’em –

Masters Of Poker Championship IV

$300 Pot Limit Omaha – 1996 Winning’ o’ the Green

$100 Limit Hold’em – Masters Of Poker Championship III

$300 Lowball – Masters Of Poker Championship III

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