Chris Ferguson

Name
Chris Ferguson
Nickname
Jesus
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Pacific Palisades, CA
Total winnings
$ 8,281,926
Cashes
178
First place Finishes
24

Biography

Chris Ferguson got the nickname “Jesus” because of his long brown hair and beard. A quiet player at the table, Chris often plays in such a way that makes his mannerisms almost unreadable by his opponents. Behind the sunglasses and underneath the cowboy hat and long hair lies one of the toughest competitors in the game.

Intro

Ferguson was born in Los Angeles, California in 1963. He started playing poker at the age of 10 and brought his game to the online felt as soon as it appeared on the IRC. He started playing live tournaments in 1993, and in 2000 he won his first WSOP bracelet. In fact he brought home two bracelets that year as he first took down the $2,500 7 Card Stud event and then ended up winning the 2000 WSOP Main Event for $1.5 million.

Background

He attended UCLA and earned a Ph.D. in computer science. After completing his schooling, Chris worked somewhat as a consultant while playing poker. A strong understanding of the mathematics of poker along with his knowledge of game theory allowed Chris to take a very analytical approach to the game and have much success in doing so.

World Series of Poker

Having cashed in multiple World Series events before winning his first bracelet, Chris’ first piece of WSOP gold came when he won a Seven-Card Stud Event in 2000. After doing so, he cashed in a couple more events that same year before besting T.J. Cloutier to win the Main Event for $1.5 million. In total, Ferguson holds five WSOP bracelets.

Chris Ferguson's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2000$2,500 7 Card Stud1st$151,000
2000$10,000 Main Event1st$1,500,000
2001$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better1st$164,735
2003$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split1st$123,680
2003$2,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em - 1/2 Seven Card Stud1st$66,220

World Poker Tour

Although Ferguson has been a regular on the WPT circuit for many years, he has yet to win the title. His best attempt to collect WPT honors was the sixth place finish at the L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Main Event in 2009. He has three more final tables to his record and a total of 11 WPT money finishes.

Chris Ferguson's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2005L.A. Poker Classic World Poker Tour Invitational4th$15,000
2009L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Main Event6th$240,538
2003Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event9th$23,175
2005Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Main Event9th$132,095
2005Festa Al Lago IV $10,000 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship11th$34,485

European Poker Tour

Despite his success at the WSOP, WPT and other American poker circuits, Ferguson didn't do as good on the European soil. He has only one EPT cash to his name which he scored in 2009 at the EPT London Main Event. Ferguson finished the tournament in 37th place for £14,200.

Other Achievements

Another tournament that has been good to Chris is the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. In 2005, he finished second to winner Phil Hellmuth. One year later, Ferguson placed second again. This time is was to Ted Forrest. Two years after that, in 2008, Chris made it back to the finals and this time made sure to win his final match against Andy Bloch and take home the title.

Chris has also found himself in the winners’ circle at WSOP Circuit events having won the Harrah’s Rincon WSOP-C event and the Harrah’s Las Vegas WSOP-C event both in 2005. In 2007, Chris also captured a Circuit ring for winning the Harvey’s Casino WSOP-C event.

Sponsorship

In 2004 Chris Ferguson along with a number of other poker players founded the Full Tilt Poker online poker site. Ferguson was the mastermind behind the site's online software which by many players was considered the best in the industry. Ferguson was also a director and a representative of the site as well as a member of Team Full Tilt.

Did you know?

  • Ferguson turned $1 into more than $20,000 playing poker online in just over six months as a personal challenge. He is also known to have turned $0 into $10,000 playing on Full Tilt Poker.
  • He has the skill of throwing playing cards fast enough to cut through fruit.

Latest News about Chris Ferguson

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
FullTiltPoker.com - Doubles Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em - Finals3rd$100,000
$ 50,000 No Limit Hold'em - Qualifying Match 131st$5,000
FullTiltPoker.com Poker Million IX
Heat 14th
The Poker Lounge
$ 20,000 Episode 104th
$ 20,000 Episode 91st$120,000
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Mixed Event48th$4,573
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 875th$2,847
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout30th$16,607
Poker After Dark VI
$ 20,000 Week 13 - Charity In Mind5th
$ 20,000 Week 5 - My Favorite Pro6th
Full Tilt Poker Million VIII
Heat 124th
Festa al Lago
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event25th$23,855
EPT London
£ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event37th£14,200
2009 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em15th£6,980
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em561st$23,196
$ 5,000 Ante Up For Africa Charity Event5th$38,550
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em206th$2,745
Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event28th$49,025
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 9,900 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em6th$240,538
2009 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 H.O.R.S.E2nd65,000 AUD
Poker After Dark V
$ 20,000 Week 11 - Magnificent Six1st$120,000
$ 20,000 Week 3 - Brilliant Minds2nd
WSOP Circuit - Harvey's Lake Tahoe
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event11th$9,603
2008 World Poker Finals
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event43rd$21,320
2008 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha7th£33,000
Poker After Dark IV
$ 50,000 Week 3 - Heads up Challenge2nd
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo50th$3,341
$ 5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo2nd$202,405
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha10th$69,433
$ 10,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em51st$14,438
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$388,287
PartyPoker Poker Nations Cup
Final6th
Heat D6th
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2008
Finals1st$500,000
Poker After Dark III
$ 20,000 Week 5 - "Cowboys"3rd
$ 20,000 Week 4 - "World Champions"5th
WSOP Circuit - Lake Tahoe
$ 5,150 WSOP Circuit Main Event1st$203,649
World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 2,500 H.O.R.S.E4th£21,656
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball14th$6,496
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em118th$4,740
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em228th$3,294
$ 5,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em13th$19,641
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better4th$50,391
Poker After Dark II
$ 20,000 Week 14 - Bracelet Winners6th
$ 20,000 Week 20 - Signature Week4th
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 71st$120,000
$ 20,000 Week 33rd
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout59th$4,805
$ 5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo17th$9,964
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em61st$3,761
Tournament of Champions
No Limit Hold'em7th$50,000
$120,000 Full Tilt Poker Pro Showdown
$ 120,000 No Limit Hold'em6th
2006 WSOP Circuit - Caesars Atlantic City
$ 9,700 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em6th$57,618
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Final 16 - Group B - Match 23rd
Final 16 - Group B - Match 13rd
Heat 171st$10,000
Heat 154th
Heat 121st$10,000
Heat 54th
Heat 26th
2006 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Heads Up No Limit Hold'em2nd$250,000
$120,000 Full Tilt Poker Invitational
$ 120,000 No Limit Hold'em4th
2005 Monte Carlo Millions
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em11th$35,000
Bellagio Festa Al Lago IV
$ 10,000 2nd Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship - No Limit Hold'em11th$34,485
World Speed Poker Open
£ 2,000 Heat 103rd
2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit - Harrah's Las Vegas
$ 10,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em1st$362,088
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em11th$16,975
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em64th$3,450
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em25th$13,890
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha7th$16,065
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Omaha2nd$210,460
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud31st$2,605
British Poker Open 2005
Heat 96th
Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 25,000 Main Event (WPT) - No Limit Hold'em Championship9th$132,095
2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em2nd$250,000
2005 World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit - Harrah's Rincon
$ 10,000 WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em1st$655,220
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
World Poker Tour Invitational - No Limit Hold'em4th$15,000
2005 WSOP Circuit Tournaments - Atlantic City
$ 9,500 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em8th$70,965
2004 Monte Carlo Millions
$ 14,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day7th$30,000
2004 Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic
$ 6,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day30th$10,000
2004 Plaza Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em6th$1,400
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$3,400
The Gaming Club World Poker Championship (Pot Limit Hold'em)
€ 5,710 Episode 314th
2004 Legends of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day - WPT30th$11,570
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship Event26th$120,000
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em4th$41,740
$ 5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw2nd$170,315
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$11,380
2004 Winnin' o' the Green
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em Championship1st$144,000
2004 PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure
$ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em18th$14,367
2003 Showdown at the Sands
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em15th$1,781
2003 Legends of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event - WPT9th$23,175
California State Poker Championship 2003
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo7th$2,485
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha6th$18,780
$ 3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd$115,560
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split24th$2,160
$ 2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split12th$5,000
$ 1,500 Limit Omaha12th$2,700
$ 5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw4th$32,820
$ 2,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em - 1/2 Seven Card Stud1st$66,220
$ 2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split1st$123,680
California State Poker Championship 2002
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em Championchip21st$1,515
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em3rd$5,875
$ 500 7 Card Stud5th$2,640
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em4th$4,015
2002 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 S.H.O.E.6th$10,760
$ 3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd$98,700
Party Poker Million
$ 8,000 Limit Hold'em - Final Results6th$24,960
2002 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 300 Limit Hold'em6th$14,931
$ 1,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo8th$2,420
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em18th$1,896
$ 1,000 H.O.S.E.10th$1,920
$ 500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo2nd$20,520
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo11th$968
The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 2,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em8th$5,393
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha18th$3,094
2001 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em7th$2,765
Tournament Of Champions
$ 2,000 Championship Event44th$2,000
California State Poker Championship 2001
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$22,570
$ 500 Omaha Hi Lo Split6th$1,925
$ 300 Limit Hold'em4th$13,985
2001 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 Texas Hold'em (pot limit)24th$3,945
$ 2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better5th$19,885
$ 2,500 Omaha (pot limit)12th$5,355
$ 2,500 Seven Card Stud12th$5,530
$ 2,000 Texas Hold'em (no limit)12th$10,265
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better1st$164,735
2001 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em8th$2,275
$ 500 Limit Hold'em13th$1,235
1st Annual World Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em8th$3,065
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em8th$3,065
2000 Tom McEvoy Poker Spectacular
$ 200 No Limit Hold'em2nd$10,640
2000 Legends of Poker
$ 300 Limit Hold'em8th$3,245
Global Pot Limit No Limit Open
$ 500 Half Pot Limit Hold'em & Half Pot Limit Omaha2nd$5,125
California State Poker Championship 2000
$ 500 Lowball8th$840
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em4th$4,338
2000 America's Poker Classic
$ 300 Stud Hi-Lo7th$995
2000 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em1st$1,500,000
$ 5,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo7th$17,325
$ 1,500 Razz8th$3,875
$ 2,500 7 Card Stud1st$151,000
2000 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 500 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo Split5th$2,824
1999 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em9th$1,785
$ 500 7 Card Stud8th$1,040
$ 300 7 Card Stud4th$2,340
California State Poker Championship 1999
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em7th$1,739
$ 300 Limit Hold'em8th$1,693
$ 300 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo Split3rd$5,700
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$21,720
$ 300 7 Card Stud3rd$5,328
1999 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Omaha 8 or Better17th$4,650
$ 2,500 Seven-Card Stud4th$29,850
$ 1,500 Seven-Card Razz10th$3,170
LA Poker Classic VIII
$ 500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Split5th$2,600
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd$26,220
1998 Legends of Poker
$ 300 Limit Hold'em1st$25,990
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em4th$4,815
$ 300 Limit Hold'em5th$7,695
1998 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em20th$4,356
$ 2,000 Hold'em Pot Limit4th$27,480
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em21st$4,200
1998 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em5th$2,118
1997 Legends Of Poker
$ 500 Limit Hold'em3rd$5,820
Masters Of Poker Championship V
$ 50 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$250
1997 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$16,275
$ 2,000 Hold'em Pot Limit6th$17,290
1996 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em7th$2,940
$ 300 Limit Hold'em8th$3,330
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em1st$28,080
$ 500 Omaha Hi/Lo6th$2,090
California State Poker Championship 1996
$ 500 Seven Card Stud - Championship Event4th$3,045
$ 300 Limit Hold'em2nd$16,664
Masters Of Poker Championship IV
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em1st$12,700
$ 200 Omaha Hi/Lo Split4th$1,180
1996 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em5th$30,038
$ 1,500 Ace to Five Draw8th$5,355
$ 1,500 Seven-Card Razz9th$3,262
1996 Winnin' o' the Green
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em4th$2,505
$ 300 Pot Limit Omaha1st$4,455
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em2nd$6,695
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1995
$ 1,500 Chinese Poker4th$6,600
LA Poker Open III
$ 300 Limit Hold'em2nd$4,000
1995 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo7th$2,520
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em6th$2,632
Masters Of Poker Championship III
$ 100 Limit Hold'em1st$3,485
1995 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Seven-Card Razz5th$10,350
LA Poker Classic IV
$ 300 Seven Card Stud5th$2,214
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1994
$ 1,500 Lowball8th$2,520
Big Poker Oktober - 1994
$ 200 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo7th$445
$ 200 Lowball2nd$3,700
LA Poker Open II
$ 500 Limit Hold'em9th$652
$ 200 Omaha Hi/Lo5th$430
$ 200 No Limit Hold'em9th$244
California State Poker Championship 1994
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em9th$996
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo8th$832
Masters Of Poker Championship III
$ 500 Lowball2nd$3,000
$ 500 1/2 Hold'em, 1/2 Lowball4th$1,400
$ 300 Lowball1st$8,040
$ 300 Limit Hold'em11th$435
LA Poker Classic III - 1994
$ 300 7 Card Stud14th$618
Asian Stud Poker Tournament
$ 100 Limit Asian Stud4th$1,470
Masters Of Poker Championship II
$ 500 Pai Gow4th$1,600
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