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Billy Baxter (poker player)

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Poker player

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TV shows
National Heads-Up Poker Championship, It Pays to Be Ignorant (1973), World Series of Poker 2003

Highest ITM Main Event finish
22nd, 1997

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William E. Baxter, Jr. (born 1940) is an American professional poker player and sports bettor. He has won numerous tournament titles in his career as a professional poker player, including seven World Series of Poker bracelets.


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He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Early life

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Born in Augusta, Georgia, Baxter started his gambling career like many others of his age by gambling in the pool halls. At the age of 14, he discovered he had a talent for hustling pool games.

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At the age of 16, Baxter had saved $5,000 from his hustling money, and when he turned 18 he was old enough to head to the taverns, where he discovered poker.

Poker career

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In 1975, he took a honeymoon trip to Hawaii and ended up in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada on the way back. He and his new bride lived in a hotel there for nine months while Baxter played poker for a living. It was there that he met fellow legends Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson and eventually Stu Ungar.

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Baxter has won seven World Series of Poker bracelets. All of Baxter's bracelets are in lowball games, notably Razz, Deuce-to-Seven and California Lowball (draw). He ranks second all-time in non-Hold'em bracelets (7) behind Phil Ivey (10).

Baxter is known for staking Stu Ungar to the buy-in for Ungar's victory in the Main Event of the 1997 WSOP. Thereafter, he entered into an arrangement to stake Ungar in tournaments, but this was cut short by Ungar's continuing personal problems which led to the latter's death in 1998.

As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,600,000. His 35 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,093,044 of those winnings.

Baxter's poker income court case

Although Baxter is best known for his on-table poker accomplishments and staking Stu Ungar, he is also known for the case of William E. Baxter Jr. vs. the United States.

It was the judge's ruling that Baxter's poker winnings should be classified as "earned income", contrary to its previous classification of "unearned income" which was taxable up to 70 percent. Thus, in the process, Baxter's victory in this case has helped all American poker players by providing equal tax status to those earning a living as professional poker players.


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