Profile of poker legend Eli Elezra

In a new feature, Poker Player showcases player profiles. This time its Eli Elezra

A regular in poker’s biggest games, Eli’s defining moment came in 2004 when he won the Mirage Poker Showdown WPT for over a million dollars. Aside from a bracelet win in 2007, he has enjoyed various other cashes and has become a permanent fixture on acclaimed TV show High Stakes Poker.

Armed with a loose aggressive style and a genuine love of the game, Eli has delighted audiences with his bubbly personality and constant banter with table nemesis Sammy ‘Raisy Daisy’ Farha, a clash that has surely helped develop his game ten-fold.

Originally from Jerusalem, Eli was a member of the Israeli army until injury forced him onto the sidelines, a blow which inadvertently prodded him towards the game of poker. From there, he moved to America to lead a life as a professional poker player, while simultaneously caring for his wife and five kids.

With various stores and restaurants across Vegas, it would appear as though Eli is as shrewd in business as he is at the felt, a quality that is often overlooked by his opponents who perhaps have a tendency to underestimate his abilities at the table.

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