Name: Chris Jesus Ferguson
Location: Las Vegas United States
Total Winnings: $7,698,660
First Place Finishes: 12
WSOP Bracelets: 5
ProRank 1 Position: 2850 >
Marital Status: Single
Started Playing Poker: amateur, since 1972, seriously, since 1993
Favorite Poker Game: No Limit Hold'em
Ambition: Become a Professor of Game Theory at a University.
Favorite Movie: Monty
Favorite Music: R&B
Favorite Place: Watamu beach
Favorite Celebrity: Ghandi & Martin Luther King
Poker Players I Respect Most: Dan Harington, Mike Sexton, Daniel Negreanu
Chris Ferguson was born on April 11, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, into a wealthy family, both parents are mathematicians.He followed a family tradition to some degree, studying computer science at UCLA.After five years in which graduating, Chris has already spent 13 years as a doctoral student in the university until 1999, when the pressure from faculty, defended his thesis, receiving the title of Informatics PhD, hence his style very strategic at the poker table.Chris was familiar with poker before 10 years, playing and then throughout the school and faculty with some colleagues on IRC. Also during college sometimes he spent weekends in Las Vegas with friends, often returning with considerable gains at that age.Besides poker and computer, the main hobby of Chris Ferguson was, especially during college, swing dance site on which he continues to practice during free time. In the college was even dance instructor at UCLA before joining the professional poker circuit.
In 1994, Chris began to participate in Live Tournaments California, and a year later in 1995, he participate for the first time in an edition of World Series of Poker.In the first five years of participation WSOP caught eight final tables, despite contributions from such rare tournaments. But Chris Ferguson has been really into high-class poker scene in 2000 when he won his first bracelet WSOP, defeating in the final T. J. Cloutier,a legendary player. The final hand was also very dramatic, and Ferguson assuring the victory until the river, with A9 offsuit against his AQ offsuit Cloutier.
Chris continued from that time the series of good performances in 2001 have already reached to 3 Bracelets WSOP, Which in 2003 added two more at Limit Omaha Hi / Lo and Limit Texas Hold'em. In 2004, although he participated in 70 tournaments, Chris managed to win only Green Winnin'O'the tournament. His best result in WSOP is a second place in No Limit Deuce-to-Seven lowbal tournament
2005 was the year of grace for Chris Ferguson and he won the Main Event of WSOP,in one of the longest tournamentsin the history of WSOP. The final play was played between Chris Ferguson, Chad Brown and Prahlad Friedman and lasted more than 13 hours.After the majority of fans and viewers have fallen asleep or gone, Chris finally managed to defeat Prahlad with a pair of Jacks (JJ).A few months later he managed to win another tournament of WSOPseries, established itself as a observable player and a common presence at the final table.A year later, in 2006, although only the second in National Heads-Up Poker after Ted Forrest, he was able to eliminate the very best players like Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein or Sat Farhi. In 2007 he again succeeded in breaking the Harvey's Casino Poker Tournament from WSOP series . Chris consider that most important period of his career was between 2000 and 2002 because he won the bracelets.
Chris gained the nickname "Jesus" because of his style. Long hair and beard creates the biblical character image and the cowboy hat, by Ferguson's own statements, has the purpose of confusing the other players,urging them to underestimate his ability to create a winning strategy.Of course, his game is actually very solid with theoretical basis in mathematical terms and its results are more than notable.
Chris managed to combine poker with his job programs, and in 2004 with a team of computer scientists has developed a online poker software, laying the foundationof Full Tilt Poker room ,currently one of the largest and best known rooms in the world. On Full Tilt Poker, Chris Ferguson launched a campaign in which, starting with a bankroll of $ 0 was able to reach approximately $ 10,000 in seven months, climbing slowly from freerolls to games with higher stakes.
With 5 Bracelets WSOP and three gold rings of the circuit Chris Ferguson may be included into the great legends of poker gallery.