Billy Baxter is a professional poker player from Las Vegas Nevada. He was born in Augusta Georgia in 1940.
Billy is one of the lesser known players in the poker world, but he's actually one of the more successful. He ranks in the top at the WSOP among all bracelet winners with 7. He's ahead of players like Daniel Negranuea, John Juanda and Ted Forrest.
In his early days growing up, Billy was a pool hustler and made most of his money hustling at local pool halls. By the time he was 16, he had made over $5,000 playing pool. He would take his money and start playing in local poker halls when he turned 18. This is where he began his career in the game.
His wedding would be the catalyst for his poker career surprisingly. On the way back from their honeymoon in Hawaii, they would stop in Las Vegas and never leave. Billy and his new wife would live in a Vegas hotel while he played poker for a living. This would also be where he would meet living legends, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar.
Billy has won over $2 million in his life playing tournaments. This doesn't include his other forays in poker either. He's considered an accomplished cash game player, where has likely made millions more.
His largest cash to date (2014) came at the WPT when he placed 5th at the Five Star Classic bringing in more than $240,000.
His entire bracelet wins account for much of his other lifetime earnings. He has won events in numerous styles of poker including, 2-7, No limit hold em, and Omaha. He's a well-rounded player that can play every game well.
Perhaps Billy's biggest accomplishments are not his personal records, but what he has done away from the table. He was made famous for staking Stu Ungar into the 1997 WSOP which Ungar would go on to win.
He would also set a landmark for poker players for generations to come when he took the government to court. Back in his day, poker was considered un earned income. This meant the government could tax it up to 70%. His case would make history when a judge ruled in his favor that poker was earned income and applied to standard taxation laws. All poker players have Billy to thank for this and are something that not many think about.
Billy was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006 and rightfully so.
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