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Poker Player Profile: Jeff Lisandro

Personal Life

Jeffrey Lisandro aka Iceman, was born and raised in Perth, Australia. The Australian moved to Italy when he grew up. While there he made an attempt at a career in real estate marketing. He made a fortune in real estate, but eventually shifted his focus to a career in the world of professional poker. He had had earlier been exposed to the game of poker, and so when he got the chance to he became a world famous professional poker player. He now lives in Italy, and has homes in Las Vegas and Australia.

Poker Beginnings

It is claimed that Jeffrey learnt to play poker at the age of five. It was allegedly his mother that taught him how to. When he moved to France, he developed an interest in being a professional gambler. He made several attempts at participating in various WSOP tournaments, and he went for a long time without winning a Bracelet to prove he had the relevant skills. Things began to look up when he made it to the finals at the $3000 pot limit hold’em event of the 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP) event. He however did not win. Regardless of that, he soon afterwards got better at the game.

Poker Success

Jeffrey Lisandro may have had to take a while developing his skills, but he later became a renowned champion. In the 2005 World Series of Poker circuit event, he won the $10,000 no limit hold’em, where he cashed in the $542,360 prize. This was one of the best achievements for Lisandro, given that he defeated Phil Ivey, a player he held in high regard and who he considered to be one of the best.

In 2006, Lisandro finished at 17th place in the WSOP of 2006, winning himself $659,730. It was during this event that he had a memorable bout with player Prahlad Friedman. Friedman accused Lisandro of being a thief, claiming that he had not put in his ante worth 5000 chip. In 2007 Jeffrey Lisandro won his first WSOP bracelet after playing in the $2,000 Seven-Card Stud. He beat great players such as Nick Frangos and Daniel Negreanu.

Jeffrey is rated one of the world’s premier players of Seven Card Stud. In 2009 he became the first person to win a World Series title in all three Seven-card Stud games at the World Series of Poker. He has made it to 11 WSOP final tables in event games such as Seven card stud, Omaha and 2 to 7 lowball. He has won five bracelets, one in Seven Card Stud hi/low, another in Razz, another Pot-Limit Omaha and two from Seven Card Stud. His total winnings amount to $5,022,157.

Poker Fame

A lot of poker and gambling fanatics admire Lisandro for his ability to enter tournaments and calmly take-on experienced pros. He has always remained calm even when he would win huge sums of money and get the WSOP bracelets he worked so hard for. This is how he came to be given the nick-name “The Iceman”. He gained respect in the poker world after beating some of the best players in the world including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and Patrick Antonius. In 2009, he won the World Series of Poker Player of the Year award.

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