Razz Champ Porter Wins Event #44

June 30, 2011

Event #44, the $2,500 Razz Championship has concluded and determined Seattle-based pro Rep Porter as the 2011 champion, who not only won his second bracelet but scored a $210K+ payout as well.

Porter follows in a long line of Razz champs that include Doyle Brunson, TJ Cloutier, Barry Greestein, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy, Linda Johnson, Ted Forrest, Lakewood Louie, Jeffrey Lisandro, O’Neil Longson, Berry Johnston, Katja Thater, and Frank Kassela. But the first Razz champ was Sam Angel, legendary poker player who won the first Razz Championship back in 1973. The Razz event has made for an entertaining tournament ever since.

Porter beat out a field of 362 other players and took his second WSOP bracelet. His first came in 2008 in the 6-Handed No Limit Hold ‘em event. The Razz tourney lasted four days and was a draining tournament, but all worth it. On his journey to #1 he faced 2nd place Stephen Su, Robert Williamson II and Chris Bjorin, both former bracelet winners who finished in 4th and 6th, respectively.

Other former bracelet winners who cashed in the Razz Championship include John Monnette, David Sklansky, Chau Giang, Dan Idema, David Warga, Perry Friedman, and Chris Viox.

Forty-year-old Porter is a pro poker player and financier. His real name is Ralph, but since his initials are R.E.P., he goes by Rep. He is married and has two children. Before going pro, Porter actually worked on Wall Street for six years. He began playing poker back in 1977 when he was in elementary school.

Porter first cashed at the WSOP back in 2005, but in 2007 he made almost $250K when he placed 39th in a field of 6,358 players in the Main Event. In addition to his two bracelet wins, Porter also has five final table appearances and 16 cash finishes. His total WSOP winnings fall just short of $1 million. He’s cashed twice this year out of 15 events played.

On his WSOP history, Porter said, “After I won, I started a business.  So, I did not play much poker in 2009 or 2010.  I still came to the WSOP both years.  I played like 22 or 23 events each year.  I made two final tables in 2009, both in Limit Hold’em.  Last year was a very rough WSOP for me.  I had just one cash for the entire series.  Outside of the WSOP, I did okay….but this year I came back focused.  I went deep in one event.  I was chip leader when we reached the money.  But you know how tournaments are.  You lose one or two pots, and that was that.”


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