Posts Tagged ‘Dan Harrington’

New World Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen also plays Poker

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Over the years, there have been a fair amount of poker players who’ve also played chess professionally. Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Dan Harrington is the most notable chess/poker player. Jeff Sarwer and Almira Skripchenko are a couple of other pros who’ve crossed between the two games. Now, we can add one more very notable person to the list in Magnus Carlsen.

The Norwegian just became the 16th world champion in chess after defeating the incumbent, Viswanathan Anand. In addition to collecting a $1.5 million prize, Carlsen also fulfilled his destiny by becoming a world chess champ.

He’s been on the international chess radar ever since becoming a grandmaster at the age of 13. Thanks to some mentoring from the legendary Gary Kasparov, Carlsen achieved a 2872 rating, which is the highest in chess history.

Since becoming a world champ, the 22-year-old has been getting even more attention than ever before. Carlsen recently did an interview with Chasebase, where he discussed his affinity for poker.

When asks if he ever goes out for a drink during tournaments, Carlsen said, “Rarely. I prefer to chat with friends on the Internet or play poker online.” He added that he likes to play for real money.

The interviewer also asked Carlsen if he wins in poker games. To this, the young Norwegian said, “If I take a game seriously, I do. If not, I sometimes lose. But that doesn’t matter. What is important is that I have a life beyond chess.”

Well, judging from this answer, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Magnus Carlsen trying to win WSOP gold bracelets like Harrington any time soon. This is especially the case, given that he just won the 2013 World Championship. But it’s still interesting to know that the best chess player on the planet also enjoys poker too.

Erik Seidel & Dan Harrington Admitted To Poker Hall Of Fame

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Last month the Poker Hall of Fame inducted two new players—Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington. The two men making up the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2010 are both well deserving of the title.

Dan Harrington has been making his name on the professional poker scene since he cashed in the 1986 World Series of Poker. However, he is best known for winning the 1995 World Series of Poker main event. He took home to WSOP bracelets that year.

Erik Seidel has won eight bracelets, and has made a huge impact on the poker world. You may remember that his second place finish to Johnny Chan was depicted in Rounders. Seidel has won bracelets across the board, in all different games from Limit Hold’em and Limit Omaha Hi-Low to No Limit games, Pot Limit Omaha, Deuce to Seven Lowball and more.

There were concerns this year, coming primarily from poker-great Doyle Brunson, that some of the nominees for the poker HOF this year were too young. However, Harrington and Seidel are both well-seasoned in the world of poker. Their younger counterparts, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, will have to wait for their turn to be inducted.

The induction of Harrington and Seidel to the Poker Hall of Fame will take place this Monday, November 8, at 8pm PT. The ceremony will take place at the Penn and Teller Theater. Following the induction ceremony the 2010 WSOP Main Event will continue, playing down to the winner.