Chip Reese
by Greg Cavouras  

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One of the games veterans, and longest running professionals, Chip Reese has been playing top level poker for 30 years. In that time he has seen many players come and go, and has left his mark on the game. Legendary Doyle Brunson even once said that “Chip Reese is the best 7-card stud player I’ve ever played with” High praise indeed!


Born in Dayton, Ohio as David Reese, Chip grew up playing cards against his friends for the enormous stakes of baseball cards and bubble game. As a lifelong lover of the game, Chip was also a successful Gin Rummy and Backgammon player at a young age. Reese continued his education in Ohio, eventually earning a degree in economics at the University of Dartmouth. Although he graduated with honours, Chip Reese still found time to crush his classmates at the game of Poker; in fact the card room at his fraternity house was named the David E. Reese Card Room in his honour. After his graduation, Chip was accepted into Stanford University- he was entering Law School with the intent of becoming an attorney. Young Reese packed up and headed west, but he would never make it to Stanford’s California campus.


On his trip westward, Chip stopped off for some fun in Las Vegas. The year was 1974, and Reese had $400 in his pocket. Before the weekend was over, Chip had won $60,000 in a 7-card stud tournament, and found a new career. It would be a year before Chip informed his parents he had been sidetracked from academia, and is quoted to have said “Law doesn’t have the same monetary incentive as Poker”.


After this breakthrough as a young man, Chip Reese would go on to win World Series of Poker bracelets in 1978 and 1982. Shortly thereafter, he would give up tournament play and focus on the more lucrative cash games. He would eventually return to tournament play because of his children, who wanted to see their father on TV. His return would be successful, as he would make the final table at the Jack Binion World Poker Open, and finish fourth in his first televised WPT appearance.


Despite his modest list of tournament wins, Chip Reese remains one of the most feared 7-card stud players in the world. He is a regular at Doyle Brunson’s home table, and they make for some of the most expensive cash games in the world. Chip is also known for his expertise in Doyle Brunson’s Super System, as he wrote much of the section on 7-card stud.


David “Chip” Reese currently resides in Las Vegas, and continues to play in the biggest cash games. He remains one of Poker’s elite, and one of the most respected players in the game.

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