David Williams

David Williams For David Williams, success in the professional poker world came literally overnight. While playing online poker at Bodog, he won a seat into the WSOP Main Event in 2004 - an impressive feat, to be sure, but not that extraordinary. The extraordinary thing was that he finished 2nd to Greg Raymer in that Main Event and pocketed a staggering $3.5 million. He was not, however, a "one trick pony", and he set out to prove that he did in fact belong with the ‘big boys’. A few months later he placed second in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, and then finished out the year with a third place finish at the WPT Young Guns tournament and a first place finish at the Limit Hold'em Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas. David Williams has gone on the reach several final tables plus a WSOP bracelet, and he is one of the top money earners over the last few years with over $5 million in live tournaments.

David Williams was born in 1980 in Dallas Texas, and he credits his self-discipline and determination to his mother, who as a single parent managed to work and take care of him and his younger sister. His home environment caused him to grow up fast, and by the age of 12 he was taking care of himself, cooking meals and readying himself for school.

He excelled in math and science and was a 4.0 student at college. He admits to being kind of a geek (he plays the card game "Magic: The Gathering" in his spare time, and has won tens of thousands in its World Championships), but hides it well in stylish clothes and a 'cool guy' image. He is noted for being an intelligent player (he scored a 1550 on his SATs) with an aggressive, random style which has certainly served him well. David Williams was an a regular at the tables of Bodog.com, where he was an official spokesman for the site.

David Williams Fun Facts and Finishes

  • In 2006, placed 2nd in the WSOP No-limit 2-7 Draw Lowball his prize $256k.
  • In 2006, won his first WSOP gold bracelet in a WSOP 7 Card Stud tourney.
  • In 2006, won the H.O.R.S.E. event of the WSOP Circuit Series at Caesars Las Vegas.
  • In 2004, took 2nd in the WPT Borgata Poker Open.
  • In 2004, took 2nd in the WSOP Main Event taking home a $3.5 million prize.
  • He was a top-ranked player on the “Magic: The Gathering” card game circuit.
  • Was a finalist on the US cooking show MasterChef.

World Series of Poker Bracelets



Prize (US$)


$1,500 Seven-card stud