Dan Harrington was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is one of the world’s most recognized poker players and has been for decades. Dan attended Suffolk University and later found work as a bankruptcy lawyer. He is also a professional backgammon and chess player and has won major tournaments in both of the games. When Harrington attended university he played all three games quite a bit and even played some poker against Bill Gates when Gates was going to Harvard.
While Dan Harrington was in university he also worked with a group of people that found a way to take advantage of roulette tables. After university Dan found another group of people who found a way to take advantage of the blackjack tables at casinos. After making money through playing those games he started playing poker full-time. Dan started playing a lot of poker at the Mayfair Club in New York where a lot of great poker players started playing.
Dan has played in a lot of poker events in hi career and has won two WSOP bracelets as well as one WPT title. He has also won money 9 times on the WSOP circuit and another 8 times on the WPT circuit. There is no doubt that Dan’s best year came in 1995 when he won the WSOP Main Event as well as finished on the final table in several other events the same year. When Dan won the 1995 WSOP Main Event he took a home a prize of $1 million.
During the whole final table of the event though Dan was offering to split the prize pool between the remaining players and invest it to become rich. Nobody wanted to take Dan up on the deal and at the end of the day Harrington ended up winning and taking home all of the money.
Over Dan’s career he has won a total of $6.5 million in live tournaments which puts him amongst the best poker players in history for all-time earnings.
Dan is also one of only five poker players ever to win the WSOP Main Event and a WPT title.
Dan is also widely known in the poker world for writing some of the best poker books in history teaching players how to play the game. His books have sold thousands of copies since being released and if you really want to learn how to play poker then I suggest reading Harrington’s books. He has written two series including “Harrington on Holdem” Volume I, II and III and “Harrington on Cash Games” Volume I and II. If you haven’t read the books yet you should be able to find them online on Amazon or some other book store.
Harrington is one of the poker players which pioneered poker online and helped it become the sport which it is today. He isn’t the most established tournament poker player in the world, but his accomplishments both on and off the table has helped the poker world become what it is today.