David Williams is a professional card player born in Arlington, TX on June 9, 1980. He started his card playing career playing Magic: The Gathering, then moved on to poker. He attended Southern Methodist University, and Texas Academy of Mathematics. Now he calls the city of Las Vegas, NV his home.
Back in the late 90’s David was an accomplished Magic: The Gathering player, he had already amassed $30,000 in wins by 2001. It was 2001 he made the cut off for the World Championships in Toronto. This would prove to be a fateful tournament, when he would be accused of cheating.
In the game of Magic, players assemble there own decks of cards using tournament guidelines and rules. Each player is held responsible for having a legal deck. The judges felt David Williams deck was faulty. It was ruled by the judges Mr. Williams cheated based on these two criteria:
- Each time Williams cut his deck as part of pregame shuffling procedure, a copy of Accumulated Knowledge was on top.
- The judges were able to consistently cut his deck to a copy of Accumulated Knowledge.
David Williams admitted the cards where marked, but denied intent. David was suspended from official Magic: The Gathering events for one year. So he learned poker.
And boy, has that choice worked out well. William taught himself how to play No-Limit Texas Holdem tournaments. He was mentored by Marcel Luske, “The Flying Dutchman”, when they met through a mutual friend.
In 2004 Williams won a buy-in to the WSOP main event. He made it right up to the end, and took second place to Greg Raymer. This gave him a very nice $3.5 million payday. It also got him a job as a Bodog Poker Pro, representing Bodog Poker at tournaments and events.
In that same year, four months later, williams takes another 2nd place prize in the Borgata Open World Poker tour where he collected $573,800.
In 2006 David made two WPT final table, finishing 4th in both. This put him at three WPT final tables in as many years. David also won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 7-Card Stud event when his Ks-3h-4c-Jd (6s-4s-Jh) defeated John Hoang’s 4c-5s-9d-3c (Ad-8s-Js). This is proof positive he is a quality player with the skills to have a long healthy career.
At the 2007 WSOP David Williams had four WSOP cashes. He took first place in the Bellagio Cup, for a $129,120 prize. In the 2008 WSOP he cashed for an impressive $177,265 total in all events.
David Williams made several small cashes in 2009, like most other years. He is a steady performer in tournaments, often getting into the money.
In 2010 David Williams won the WPT Championship Event at the Eighth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic. He beat out Eric Baldwin, and a field of 194 other players for a prize over $1.5 million.
I believe we will see many more years of solid poker performance form David Williams. He is well on his way to being an all time money leader, he is #20 as of 4/24/10 with $ 7,905,643 in tournament cashes.