Brad Daugherty

Brad Daugherty Brad Daugherty is a professional poker player, an author of two poker books and the president of an online poker school; not to be confused with another Brad Daugherty, a former basketball player from the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Brad was born on July 5, 1951 in Mountain Grove, Missouri and he grew up in Idaho, where he watched his family play cards. At one point, Brad won a trip to Kansas City through the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and played poker on the train for two straight days.

After high school, Brad worked in the construction industry; he heard about Doyle Brunson’s success as a poker player and decided to give poker a serious try. He moved to Reno, Nevada to begin his career as a professional poker player. Brad was used to playing No Limit Hold’em; he considers it both his best and his favorite game. In 1987, while working part-time as a card room manager, someone suggested that he should try his luck on the road as a full-time poker player. Brad began his career as a traveling player because he realized that he always had more money when playing full-time. His new lifestyle took a heavy toll on his marriage, and he was divorced in 1989.

Brad Daugherty won the Main Event of the 1991 World Series of Poker, becoming the first ever winner of $1,000,000 in the WSOP. Even though he hasn’t been very successful in poker tournaments since then, he has placed in the money in some tournaments, including his ninth place finish in the Main Event of the 1993 World Series of Poker. Brad Daugherty wrote two poker books with Tom McEvoy.

Brad considers himself a good reader of people: he believes that playing online poker makes it more difficult to read people, and he wants sunglasses to be banned from the tables. Brad currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and has one son. Nowadays, although Brad no longer travels much to play poker, he still plays at the larger tournaments as well as online; his dream is to win the World Series of Poker Main Event again.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament
$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $1,000,000