Name: Greg Raymer
PokerStars Id: fossilMan
Birth Date: November 30th 1963
Birth Place: Minot, North Dakota
Current Residence: Stonington, Connecticut
Total WSOP Bracelets: 1
Total WPT Wins: 0
Best Game: Hold’em
First Big Win: Final Table No Limit Holdem 2000 World Poker Finals for $48,960
First WSOP Bracelet: WSOP $10,000 World Championship Event May 22nd 2004 for $5,000,000
Biggest WSOP Cash: WSOP $10,000 World Championship Event May 22nd 2004 for $5,000,000
Biggest Cash: WSOP $10,000 World Championship Event May 22nd 2004 for $5,000,000
All time money list: 28th
Hobbies: Golf, Sudoku puzzles, Wii Tennis and bowling
Greg Raymer is probably one of the more recognizable professional poker players competing in today’s gaming world. Greg is known not only for his talent but also is quirks. He can most often be seen wearing his trademark holographic sunglasses or his cards will be protected by fossils, which led to his nickname ‘fossilman’. All of these attributes combined together make Greg Raymer a stand out player in the poker industry.
Greg began his working career as a patent attorney after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992. Greg would practice law for more than ten years before trying the poker circuit as a professional career.
In 1999 Greg moved to Connecticut and became a regular at Foxwoods Resort Casino, all the while working for Pfizer as patent lawyer. After building a bankroll Greg entered an event in the 2001 World Series of Poker. Greg would finish 12th in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event winning $5,345. Every year after that, Greg returned to the WSOP to try his luck.
In 2004 Greg would prove himself as a poker player by winning the World Series of Poker Main Event and taking home $5,000,000. The previous year Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event and created a major growth for the WSOP. Two thousand five hundred and seventy six players entered the Main Event and Greg outlasted every one for the win.
The next year, Greg returned to the WSOP hoping to hold on to the title of champion. Greg made it to twenty fifth place before he was knocked out which was incredible achievement. No player besides Johnny Chan has ever made it close to repeating a World Series Championship win.
Greg has continued to have great success in the game of poker. His WSOP win earned him a deal with PokerStars where he plays online and represents during live events. In 2007 Greg was a member of Team USA that won the 4th annual PokerStars World Cup of Poker and Greg also won the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker $320 Pot Limit Omaha event. This earned Greg his first WCOOP bracelet.
Although Greg is keeps a low profile and does not play many live tournaments he has seen his share of drama. In 2004 Greg was confronted by two men who tried to rob him at gunpoint. Greg had just finished playing in a cash game. He was able to hold the robbers off until help arrived.
Greg Raymer has also banded together with other players to sue World Poker Tour Enterprise. The poker players involved with Greg are: Chris Ferguson, Joseph Hachem, Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Andy Bloch and Annie Duke. The suit claims the WPT eliminates competition and uses the professional’s names and images to sell their products without the players being compensated or their consent.
Greg has also had heated conversations with fellow professional players. Daniel Negreanu criticized the players in the WPT lawsuit which proceeded with a verbal argument with Raymer. The two have since called a truce and apologized for any hurtful comments that may have been made.
Greg Raymer has made a name for himself in the poker world by winning one of the biggest cashes ever at a live tournament and his unique style. Greg can be found online at Poker Stars or spending quiet time with his wife and daughter.