David Williams is a native Texan, who now lives in Las Vegas where he plays poker for a living. There are a lot of impressive things about this 28-year-old Gemini, but one of the most significant is that after only four years of playing poker, at the young age of 26, he had earned more than $5 million. Now, after just six years at the felt, this Team Bovada Pro has a lifetime winnings total of just under $6 million! Not a bad income for under 30, considering $3.5 million of his all-time winnings is from his payout at the 2004 WSOP Main Event. Williams took second place, just behind Greg Raymer, establishing himself as a respectable and upcoming pro and setting a record for the highest African-American placement ever in the WSOP.
A handful of big wins followed and kept coming, including another second place under Daniel Negreanu at the 2005 Borgata Poker Open. Despite his trouble with bringing it all the way home, he was gaining that much needed live and big tournament experience and learning from the best, as he lost to them.
In the spring of 2006 he had two fourth place wins at the World Poker Tour and appeared on the game show, King of Vegas, where he finished in third place. Later that year, the anything-but-first curse was lifted when he won first place in the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, followed by his first WSOP bracelet when he won the $1500 7-Card Stud event against John Hoang.
In 2007, he had four WSOP finishes, although he was outlasted by his mom, Shirley, who also plays. Also in that year, he won first place in the Bellagio Cup in Las Vegas and made it back to the WSOP in 2008 to leave with more than $175,000 in poker winnings. It seemed as if his luck had turned for the better, permanently.
Williams taught himself to play No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, bringing an aggressive style of play to the tables and a self-discipline that is hard to match. He names Marcel “Flying Dutchman” Lüske as his mentor, for having been a great influence on Williams’ game. But this young man’s life hasn’t always been about poker. Before he met the love of his life, poker, he avidly played a strategy game called “Magic: The Gathering,” for which he was a top-rated player in the Magic tournament circuit. Though this affiliation may seem to offer little worth in the real world, if you plan on being a professional poker player, gaming and tournament strategy experience is an asset.
His education wasn’t too shabby either. Some might say Williams is somewhat of a genius. In high school he made a 1550 on his SAT and graduated with a 4.0 GPA, going on to study economics at the Academy of Mathematics and Science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Add in more studies of economics at Princeton University and you’ve got a walking odds calculator. Who said there was no place for intelligent skill play in poker?
Although Williams POY ranking has declined from 20th in 2006 to 745th for 2008, his future looks promising as an individual player and also as a Team Bovada Pro.
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