October Nine: Steven Gee

August 15, 2012

The oldest player of the WSOP Main Event October Nine, 57-year-old Steven Gee resides in Sacramento, California but was born in China. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010 and has more than $1.2 million in live tourney winnings. He sits fifth in chips at the final table with 16.8 million.

His 2010 bracelet came when he defeated more than 3,000 other players in a $1K NLH event and won more than $470K. He also has three additional WSOP cashes under his belt. He and Greg Merson are the only two players in the October Nine who have previous WSOP bracelets wins.

Gee started playing poker in his early 20s in California casinos where he played draw lowball. In the late 70s Gee went pro, but later he drifted away and took a job in software development as a project manager. Throughout the years, he just couldn’t shake his desire to go back to poker, and in 2007 he got back into cash games at the Bellagio, and the rest is history.

“At that time,” he says of his early days in poker, “I was the only young guy at the table. Poker was not popular back in those days like it is today.” Now, at the final table of the 2012 WSOP Main Event, he’s the only player in his 50s. In fact, five of the October Nine are 27 or younger, while two are in their early 30s and Michael Esposito is in his early 40s, so needless to say, this is a very young October Nine. We will find out if age equals experience when final play of the 2012 WSOP Main Event resumes on October 29th at the Rio All-Suites in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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