Greg "Fossilman" Raymer Bio

Greg Raymer PictureGreg Raymer Biography

Career Winnings: $5,961,210
2007 Winnings: $168,854
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 1,757th
Cardplayer Ranking: 332nd

Greg Raymer was born on June 25, 1964 in Minot, North Dakota. He is the champion of the 2004 World Series Poker Main Event, and bears the moniker of “Fossilman.” He got this nickname from the fossils that he collects and uses as card protectors at the poker table. Greg Raymer had worked as a patent attorney before his WSOP success.

In 2007, Greg Raymer has had a fairly good year. He has had four strong performances at the World Series of Poker, including two final table appearances and a 14th place finish in the $50,000 HORSE event.

Greg Raymer’s poker career began in 1999, after he moved to Connecticut. Raymer would frequent the nearby Foxwoods Casino, and that is where he improved his poker game. In 2001, Greg Raymer cashed in the World Series of Poker $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8s or Better event that was won by Chris Ferguson. Greg Raymer’s moment came in 2004 when he earned his way into the WSOP Main Event via a $160 satellite on Poker Stars. Greg Raymer went on to win the entire event, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Chris Moneymaker. The next year at the Main Event, Greg Raymer finished in 25th place out of 5,619, going deep into the tournament in two consecutive years, which was a very impressive feat considering the sizes of the player fields.

Since his 2004 victory, Greg Raymer has continued to have poker success, in both land-based and online casinos, having placed third at the 2005 British Poker Open and 2nd at the PokerStars first quarterly $1 million guaranteed tournament.

Greg Raymer moved to North Carolina with his family in 2005. Greg doesn’t travel the tournament circuits very often, as he likes to spend time with his family. Therefore, he only travels to the biggest tournaments, including the WSOP.

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