Joseph Charles Beevers got his first taste of poker in Luton
during a Blackjack session when he entered a £10 pot limit stud
rebuy tournament. He quickly went on to play regular seven-card
stud poker around North London to build his bankroll - reputedly
making £35,000 from those games alone.
Although he did not turn to poker 'til later in life, Joe's
father taught him how to count cards in blackjack, as well as how
to work out probabilities and permutations, at the age of ten. At
age eighteen, Joe Beevers joined his father and one other man to
form a card-counting team. This was eventually abandoned after Joe
had been banned from four casinos, and his father from
After working for Natwest and then Citibank, Beevers attended
Middlesex University where he earned a degree in Finance and
Accounting. By the time he graduated, he was making so much money
from playing poker and teaching the game to students and teachers
that he never returned to office work.
Joe Beevers is considered one of the pioneers of Poker
Television, having appeared on every single series of Late Night
Poker and making it through to three grand finals - a record number
for the show.
Although Beevers has not won a WSOP bracelet, he was the first
Hendon Mob player, he was the first player from the notorious
Hendon Mob to cash in a WSOP event, finishing 14th in the 1996
$2,500 Texas Hold 'em event.
Interesting Fact: In 1997, Beevers won his first major event
- The Master Classics of Poker, Amsterdam. Shortly after the win,
at 3am, Beevers called his friend and then flatmate to tell him the
news by singing Queen's "We Are The Champions" down the phone at
him. It is not known how pleased Joe Beevers' flatmate was about