Stu Ungar is considered by most to the greatest No Limit Hold em Poker player ever.

The 3 time World Poker Champion was born in New York in ‘53 and started betting poker prior to reaching his teens.

The young bettor began betting gin and at the age of 10 had won his 1st gin tournament, while on holiday with his parents. By the time he turned fourteen the small poker maestro had become a professional and dropped out of school.

In ‘54 Stu Ungar entered the record books by winning 10 grand in a gin tournament without dropping a single hand, a record which still remains in New York today.

The fast speaking wiz kid has been compared, in poker terms, to sporting greats such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Stu had a genuine talent for betting poker but in spite of his achievements in Hold em poker, he preferred playing gin.

Stu once said that there might a number of day be a greater No Limit Hold’em player than him but he couldn’t see how anyone could ever be a much better gin gambler.

In ‘80 Stu Ungar was put on the global map as one of the best Hold’em Poker gamblers in the planet when he was crowned World Poker Champion for the first time. Extraordinarily it was the 1st time he had entered the tournament.

The following year he dismissed any suggestions that it had been a fluke, by successfully protecting his crown. And in ‘97 Stu set the record by succeeding his 3rd World poker championship.

But this poker legend also fought with drug abuse and a year right after succeeding his third title Stu Ungar past away in his hotel room. According to medical doctors, he had died from cardiac arrest which was triggered by his lifestyle.

Stu Ungar had started out with absolutely nothing but his skill and natural talent for the game which made this poker great a millionaire a lot of times over.