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Chris Reslock

 

Chris ReslockNine years ago, Chris Reslock had what many would consider a dead-end-job as a taxicab driver in Atlantic City. However, Chris has a different opinion. “Driving a cab is just a job that I’ve found real interesting and have enjoyed a lot,” says Reslock, “You never know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next, where you’re going to go, who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to talk about. It’s like a continuously unfolding novel that you’re right in the middle of.”

Reslock grew up in North Dakota, where he played various card and board games with friends and family members. His competitive spirit was stimulated but his life went in a different direction and at age 40, he began driving a taxicab. Chris wanted more; he started playing poker part-time to make extra money. Then, his life took an even more dramatic twist. Chris decided to take a chance: one day, he parked his taxi inside a casino parking garage and started playing poker professionally. He said that if he went broke he could always drive his cab again.

Nine years later, it appears that we won’t see Chris Reslock behind the wheel of his taxicab anytime soon. In December 2005, Chris won the World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit Championship Event at Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. It was his first major title. This victory qualified him for the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions in June, 2006, where he placed fourth out of 27 qualifiers (including 11 other Circuit winners). Since then, he has added four 2006 World Series of Poker cashes.

Chris Reslock’s wife, Joy, is also a competitive tournament poker player. Together they have two young children and a 28-year-old son. Chris also enjoys competing in tournament Scrabble. He still considers himself a latent taxicab driver; despite his status as professional poker champion, he has never considered poker as his profession, he says he is always ready to go back to the taxi or something else. His recent poker accomplishments include a first place finish in the $300 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event at the 2006 Trump Classic, a second place finish in the $300 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event at the 2006 Trump Classic, a first place finish in the $750 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2006 Trump Classic, and a fourth place finish in the $100 Pot Limit Hold’em event at the 2007 Gold Strike World Poker Open in Tunica.