Chris Ferguson is a professional poker player with a Ph.D. in computer science.
Ferguson was playing poker before age 10. In college he honed his skill on Internet Relay Chat playing poker in chat rooms. In 1994 he began playing in tournaments in California and in 1995 entered his first World Series of Poker. Ferguson finished runner-up in the 2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He made the final again in 2006, but again finished second.
In 2005 Ferguson went to London where he took part in the inaugural British Poker Open, a live tournament that became the UK’s biggest ever live televised poker event in history. He then returned to London in 2006 for the European Poker Masters and the Million Dollar Cash Game, Europe’s biggest ever high-stakes poker game with a $100,000 buy-in. Ferguson is part of the design team for Full Tilt Poker, an online poker website that opened in July 2004. As of 2006, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,700,000.
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