Chip Jett
by Jason Kirk  

Chip Jett

Chip Jett is a familiar face to anyone who watches the World Poker Tour broadcasts on the Travel Channel. His final table appearances at the Party Poker Million II, the Bellagio Five-Diamond World Classic, and the Legends of Poker Main Event helped him to finish 12th on the 2003 money list. He's also well known as the husband of professional player Karina Jett. Chip and his wife follow the tournament trail, playing hundreds of tournaments a year to provide enough income to support their young daughter Athena. His status as a well-known player today comes as the result of a lot of hard work early in his career.

Chip began playing poker in 1992 at Fort McDowell Casino in his home state of Arizona, and not long afterward became a dealer at the casino. He stayed with Fort McDowell for six years, working as a floorman as well as dealing but eventually ending up as a prop player. He began sharpening his tournament game and quickly became one of the most successful players in local area tournaments. It was during this time that he began developing his reputation for being able to play many different styles.

Chip's breakout year was 2001, when he won the LA Poker Classic's Best All-Around Player award as an unknown player to the rest of the poker world. The award was well-deserved - he made the final table of events in seven card stud hi-lo, Omaha hi-lo, H.O.R.S.E., seven card stud, and no-limit hold'em. All his accomplishments in Los Angeles landed him on the cover of Poker Digest a few weeks later. He made three more final tables at Foxwoods, Tunica, and the Orleans Open in Las Vegas. It was also the year he met and married his wife Karina. In 2002 Chip finally won his first tournaments as a touring professional, taking down one in no-limit hold'em and another in seven card stud hi-lo within three days at Foxwoods. After placing 11th at the LA Poker Classic Main Event earlier in the year and making three final tables at the Sweet September in Gardena, his Foxwoods wins were the capstone to another solid year.

If his previous two years had been full of good performances, 2003 was a true banner year for Chip Jett. He started off with a bang, making the final table of the $500 seven card stud hi-lo tournament at the World Poker Open in Tunica and then one week later winning nearly $130,000 in the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event at the WPO. February's LA Poker Classic saw Chip perform almost identically, making the final table of the $500 pot-limit hold'em tournament and winning the $1,000 H.O.E. tournament. His biggest payday yet came in March when he took 2nd in the Party Poker Million, cashing for over $175,000, but he soon topped that with his win in the California State Poker Championship main event worth over $214,000. If that weren't enough, he made two WSOP final tables and two more WPT final tables throughout the rest of the year. On top of that, his wife gave birth to their daughter Athena to cap off a great year.
One of the most impressive things about Chip Jett is that even though he is a very successful player, he's always trying to improve himself by watching others. This desire to learn and improve a big part of why he has continued to place well throughout the decade. It's also why he has been able to develop a fearless style of play like that employed by such players as Phil Ivey and Layne Flack. Without the ability to amass chips throughout tournaments he might not have had the kind of success he's enjoyed in recent years.

Chip Jett can be quiet at the tables, letting his game do the talking, but he has a reputation as a friendly and intelligent man. If there's a tournament with a significant prize in any game, you can count on finding him and his wife Karina there. You can also count on him doing whatever it takes to win - he may come up short sometimes, but he is almost always one of the favorites to make the final table due to his well-rounded play. Few players are as consistent as Chip Jett, and with good reason: few players work as hard as he has to reach the top levels of poker.

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