Name: David Reese
Birthday: March 28, 1951
Died: December 4, 2007
Location: Centerville, Ohio
Online Screen Names – CaseyAtTheBat (Full Tilt Poker)
David Reese, better known as Chip Reese, was the best high stakes professional poker player in the world, according to many students of the game. Although his bankroll was not as substantial as many other modern players, his reputation was fearsome, as was his poker playing skill. His skill was second to none, so it is no wonder that many players within the poker circuit looked up to him and aim to achieve the same level of success.
Chip Reese is the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame, receiving the honor in 1991 at the age of forty. He is commonly regarded as the best opponent that many a professional player has faced. Yet all this was achieved from meagre beginnings.
As a child in Dayton, Ohio, Reese excelled at poker from an early age, often betting baseball cards instead of chips. In fact, he excelled at numerous skilled games, including backgammon and rummy. However, poker was the game of choice. After graduating, Reese chose to attend Dartmouth University to pursue a degree in economics.
Law school beckoned after Dartmouth and Reese enrolled in Stanford. However, he didn’t make it that far. A quick stop in Las Vegas turned into a long term home. From the $400 he had when he rolled up, Reese managed to win $60,000 over the course of the weekend and never looked back. It was the start of his professional poker playing career, even though his family didn’t know it until a year later.
Reese earned three World Series of Poker bracelets during his time at the table. The first was in the $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 1978 event and the second in 1982 for the $5,000 Seven Card Stud. Reese then realized that the winnings were small compared to cash games and quit playing tournaments. The Horseshoe Casino became his second home and winning millions of dollars in a weekend became standard for Reese. He only returned to the WSOP when his children requested that he appear on TV.
Upon his 2004 return, Reese started to show up at final tables with regularity, including one of the most memorable wins in WSOP history. In 2006, Reese outlasted Andy Bloch in the longest heads-up match ever at the WSOP to claim the first-ever $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet and $1,716,000.
Chip Reese died in his sleep on December 4, 2007. To honor the player that Doyle Brunson called “the best poker player that ever lived,” starting in 2008 the winner of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. would also receive the “David ‘Chip’ Reese Memorial Trophy”.