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Where Are They Now - Brandon Adams

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Where are They Now is a series of an in depth look at all poker players - not just the pros - as they travel through one long game. Some of the players profiled are deceased but not forgotten.

If you asked 100 of the top poker players in the world who is the best Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) cash game player around, most of them would answer with out hesitation—Sammy Farha. Sam already knew he was one of the best PLO players around, but after years of hearing it from most of the poker world, how could he not believe that he truly was the best.

By now your wondering if this is the wrong title on this story—and what the hell Sam Farha has to do with a story featuring Brandon Adams—well here it is.

On May 20th, 2007 Sam’s overwhelming confidence and large ego got him into a very lopsided PLO heads-up match with Adams that would prove to be very hard on Farha’s bankroll. Believing strongly in his superior Omaha skills, Sam invited Brandon to sit down to a $300/$600 PLO battle where Adams was allowed to have the button every single hand! Not only did Adams have positional advantage every hand, but he was never forced to post the big blind—even a player with far less experience than Adams would have a good shot of taking off Farha in a game with that structure.

About $700,000 later, Sammy realized that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all—but for Adams that single win was more than the combined total of his live tournament wins at the time.

Adams father Jerolim changed the family name form Adamović to Adams in the early 1960’s when he brought his family form Dalmatia to the United States. Dalmatia, which today lies mostly in Croatia, is a historical region on the Adriatic Sea—the Dalmatian dog received its name from Dalmatia.

Brandon was born in New Orleans on October 8, 1978, and graduated from college at the age of 19. He is not the first young scholar to graduate early, but few have graduated at such a young age with two Master Degrees—Finance and Real Estate. Many people would consider two Masters a lifetime ambition, but not Brandon, in 2001 he enrolled in Harvard Business School to get his doctorate—he has completed all requirements except his dissertation. Whether he finishes his PhD or not, Adams stays close to Harvard by teaching applied game theory and behavioral finance at the highly acclaimed school.

While Adams was in college he picked up some books on poker and began studying for what might be considered his real doctorate—a PhD in Poker. After he turned 21 he started making trips to Biloxi, Mississippi where river boat gambling was at its prime—playing $4-$8 limit cash games.
 
When he enrolled in Harvard, he discovered the Harvard Poker Club—filled with a lot of sharp players who were really into poker—and he started making regular trips with friends and club members to Foxwoods in Connecticut. Brandon gives the Poker Club credit for taking his poker play and knowledge to the next level, but it wasn’t until he started playing online that his poker skills really started to advance.

Adams started playing in big cash games in 2004, including frequent visits to the famous Bobby’s Room in the heart of the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Today the room is a symbol of wealth to players who can afford to cross its threshold and it’s almost a shrine to the poker legends that have passed on.

It’s not unusual to find Brandon Adams sitting with the likes of Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivy, and even Bobby Baldwin—the room’s namesake—in a friendly game of split pot-limit Omaha/No Limit Holdem, with limits of $300/$600 or higher, each trying to out play the other.

Although Adams is known primarily as a high-stake cash game player, he can hold his own against any tournament line up, no matter what the game. He made his tournament debut in 2005, winning several tournaments, including a 9th place finish at the Tournament of Champions. At the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) he placed 6th in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event winning more than $75,000 and he came in 69th in the Main Event, winning $130,288.

He had several scores in 2008 which padded his bankroll by another $125,000 when he came in 7th in the Heads-Up No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP and 17th in the No Limit Holdem Championship at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE).

Although Brandon “Win Pots” Adams didn’t fare very well on the tournament circuit in 2009, he continued to win big pots in major high-stake cash games and at the 2010 WSOP, he hit his biggest tournament payday ever. He collected $243,958 for his 2nd place finish in the 7 Card Stud Championships and then went on to take 6th in the $10K HORSE Championship for more than $26,000.

Adams is a sponsored pro for Full Tilt Poker and he is the author of the book “Broke” A Poker Novel,” which is a fictional account of the life of poker players and the strangeness of their lives. As much time as he has spent learning, playing, and writing about poker, Brandon says he will always remain part of a broader society and will never go full force into poker—but don’t expect him to fade from the lime light any time soon.

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