Chris Ferguson began playing online poker on an IRC channel
(quickly becoming the highest-ranked tournament player) long before
any of the top poker sites of today even existed. At this early
stage he recognised that his knowledge of game theory would give
him a serious edge over other players, and started competing in
small tourneys in and near LA.
Graduating in 1999 from UCLA with a PhD in Computer Science, Chris
Ferguson very quickly went on to win the 2000 World Series of Poker
Main Event; defeating TJ Cloutier to take $1.5 million. This big
win marked the real beginning of Ferguson's pro career.
Since Chris started playing in the World Series, he has made more
final tables (25), won more bracelets (5), and had more money
finishes (42) than any other player. His WSOP winnings alone total
over $4 million!
More recently, Chris Ferguson put together a team of players and
programmers to design the software for Full Tilt, but the site
currently offers no games due to the revocation of its operating
Interesting fact: Chris Ferguson can cut a carrot in half from
10 feet away with a standard playing card.