Dan Harrington was born on December 6th 1945 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before he discovered his talent in poker, Harrington was a chess player. He was so good at the sport that he soon became a chess master by winning the Massachusetts State Chess Championships in 1971. He also had a go at playing backgammon, where he excelled and became a champion, winning the World Cup of Backgammon in Washington D.C. in 1981.
Interestingly, Harrington worked as a bankruptcy lawyer for many years before he went into professional poker. Other than his obvious love for sports, Harrington is very business-oriented and operates his own company called Anchor Loans, which deals with different types of loans in the loan industry. He is also very actively involved in real estate. Due to his business obligations, Harrington considers himself as a part-time poker player, with his priorities lying with his business interests and ventures. He currently lives in Santa Monica, California.
Harrington began playing poker in the mid 1980s and gave himself the nick name, “Action Dan”, despite being a rather conservative player. He would play poker at the Mayfair Club in New York, and even played against Bill Gates while he was still in college. Harrington’s professional poker career began in 1986 during the World Series of Poker (WSOP) event. In his second attempt at the same tournament the following year, he finished in 6th position at the final table.
In 1995, Harrison won the WSOP title by beating the first runner-up, Howard Goldfarb, in the final hand. Later that same year, Harrington won his first bracelet in the No Limit Hold’em event, earning himself a cash prize of about 1 million US dollars. In 2005, Harrington made it to the final table in the World Poker Tour (WPT), finishing in second place with a 620,730 US dollar cash win. He later won the Legends of Poker title in 2007, earning a cash prize of 1.6 million US dollars.
To date, Harrington has had a go at the event championships 16 times; four of which he made it to the final table. As a result, he has earned over 6 million US dollars from being a part-time poker player. This is quite amazing for someone who only does this part-time.
Harrington has risen to fame over the years and has broken a record of WSOP titles for finishing in the final table two times in a row. In 2003, he finished in 3rd place, out of 839 players, and in 2004, he was 4th out of 2576 players. This was considered the greatest accomplishment in the World Series championships, considering the increasing number of participants in the two years.
Harrington’s poker fame has also been accredited to the fact that he was a guest on the Poker after Dark show. He has also co-authored five books based on different aspects that are poker-related.
Lastly, Harrington is famous for having won both a World Series of Poker Main Event title and a World Poker Tour one. There are only four other people in the world who have managed to win both titles.