Greg Raymer Biography

Gregory Raymer is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, and for the opaque holographic sunglasses that he sometimes wears while playing poker.

After Raymer graduated from Parkway South High School in St. Louis, he enrolled at the University of Missouri–Rolla, where he majored in chemistry and became a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992 then practiced law as a patent attorney for more than a decade and worked for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

Raymer is nicknamed “Fossilman” because of his hobby of collecting fossils. He uses a small fossil as a card protector while he plays poker. Early in his poker career he would supplement his bankroll by selling fossils to other players at his table.

Raymer first finished in the money of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event during 2001 in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo split 8 or better event won by Chris Ferguson. At the 2004 World Series, Raymer defeated David Williams to win the $5,000,000 first prize in the $10,000 no limit Texas hold ’em WSOP main event.

The following year, as defending champion, Raymer finished 25th (out of 5,619 entrants) in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, earning him $304,680. No player since Johnny Chan had come so close to repeating as a World Series champion.

In 2005 Raymer also entered the inaugural British Poker Open which was filmed in London and was the UK’s biggest live poker event in history. As a firm favourite Raymer made the final table to come third in a live final and collect around £20,000.

On September 17th, 2007, Raymer won the $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys Event on PokerStars, winning $168,362.

At the 2009 WSOP $40k No Limit hold ’em event, Raymer placed third out of 201 entrants and won $774,927.

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