There have been many great rummy players, but nobody has been able to be as amazing as Stuart Errol Ungar. Stuart Ungar was a professional poker, blackjack, and gin rummy player, widely regarded to have been the greatest Texas hold ’em and gin player of all time. He is one of two people in poker history to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event three times. Stuart is the only person to win Amarillo Slim’s Super Bowl of Poker three times, the world’s second most prestigious poker title during its time. Also, he is one of four players in poker history to win consecutive titles in the WSOP Main Event, along with Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan.
Stuart was born to Jewish parents and was raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Following his father’s death, and with his mother virtually incapacitated by a stroke, Stuart drifted around the New York gambling scene until age 18, when he was befriended by reputed organized crime figure Victor Romano. Romano was regarded as one of the best card players of his time. He had the ability to recite the spelling and definition of all of the words in the dictionary and apparently shared a penchant and interest for calculating odds while gambling as Stuart did. By many accounts the two developed a very close relationship with Romano serving as a mentor and protector.
Stuart was noted for his ultra-aggressive playing style and well-timed bluffs. He is regarded by many poker analysts and insiders as one of the greatest pure-talent players ever to play the game. During his poker career, Ungar won five WSOP bracelets, and over $3,600,000 in tournament pay with over $2,000,000 coming from cashes at the WSOP. He placed first in a total of 10 major no-limit Texas hold ’em events (events in which the buy-ins were $5,000 or higher) out of a total of 30 major tournaments he entered in his life, a record still unsurpassed in percentage terms.
Stuart also won the Main Event at the now-defunct Amarillo Slim’s Super Bowl of Poker in 1984, 1988 and 1989, when it was considered by the poker world the world’s second most prestigious poker title. As Amarillo Slim himself put it, “Stu musta won a million dollars in my tournaments.”
A movie based loosely on Ungar’s life, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (alternate title Stuey), was made in 2003. Ungar was portrayed by Michael Imperioli. Stu Ungar was inducted posthumously into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2001. His biography, One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey ‘the Kid’ Ungar, the World’s Greatest Poker Player by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson was published in 2005. The Emmy-winning ESPN documentary One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar was broadcast in 2006. It contained interviews with his wife and daughter and several other people who knew him. It also featured excerpts from tapes he recorded in the last year of his life for an autobiography that never appeared.
Stuart Ungar has motivated many players across the globe to play and be good at rummy and poker. You too can achieve such success by playing rummy card games. Just learn the basics of the game, work hard and know all the rummy strategies. Then simple download a rummy app and start playing cash rummy on mobile.