Name: Alan Goehring
Birthday: February 21, 1962
Location: Henderson, NV
Online Screen Names: None known
Alan Goehring had an unusual start in life for a poker player. The majority have mathematical or scientific backgrounds in some way, shape or form, but not Goehring. He actually worked as a junk bond trader and analyst. The amount of pressure he would have been under in that profession prepared him well for time on the table!
After growing up in Henderson, Nevada, Goehring pursued his chosen financial career until becoming a professional poker player at the tender age of 37. After making enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his days, Goehring joined the poker table for the fun of it, instead of the fame and wealth that other players usually crave. He has no need for further earnings and enjoys life at the table. His great attitude reflects both of the above.
Since joining the world of poker, Goehring has experienced significant success. Unlike many of his peers, he is still yet to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. However, his poker career has been anything but a disappointment. He has actually won two World Poker Tour events and finished as runner-up in the 1999 World Series of Poker Main Event. That is not a bad record for someone who looks upon poker as a hobby and not a career. The challenge that the game provides for him stimulates his mind and enables him to travel where and when he pleases, which is not a bad lifestyle if you can get it!
Goehring has been cashing in major tournaments since 1997 and has some impressive cashes on his resume. His first major result came in 1997 at the World Series of Poker. It was the $3000 no-limit hold’em event that brought him his first major cash. Despite that result and several others that were equally impressive, such as 13th place out of 112 entrants in the $5000 no-limit WSOP of 1997, Goehring was not actually noticed until his 1999 Main Event run.
Goehring has, however, gone from strength to strength since, despite attracting criticism after frequenting the runner-up position. He was perceived as an individual that does well in tournaments, but cannot actually win. However, a 2003 win at the Bellagio in Las Vegas dispelled that particular myth. In the first season of the World Poker Tour, he beat 110 other players in the $25K Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Open WPT Championship to earn a cool $1 million in prize money. The next few years were really spent reading water. He played well in tournaments, making 2nd and 4th place in several, but resumed his winless ways. He had to wait until 2006 before that would again be broken.
It was the LA Poker Classic in which Goehring finally cemented himself as a tournament force. After banking $2.4 million for his second WPT title, and adding a few more cashes over the years, Goehring’s career earnings have topped $5 million and he is a household name amongst serious poker fans. If only all of us playing poker for fun and not money could do so well!