Born in North Dakota, Greg Raymer made his living as a patent lawyer before giving it up to play poker full time. In the beginning of his career, he would build his bankroll by buying fossil card protectors and selling them at the poker table. It was that that led to him being called the ‘FossilMan’, a nickname that has stuck to this day. Greg soon found that he didn’t have to worry about the size of his pocket for much longer.
After reaching success in tournaments across the country, Greg played at the World Series for the very first time in 2001. He almost made the final table of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event, finishing 12th for a small cash of $5,345. He returned to Las Vegas, NV every year and in 2004 won a far bigger amount of cash. Ever since fellow Team PokerStars Pro member had won the previous year, the World Series had seen huge growth, and the 2004 Main Event attracted a massive 2,576 players. Greg played a solid game and came out the winner, earning prize money of $5.0M
Since that historic victory, Greg has accomplished much success in other World Series events, including four final table seats and cash finishes that have added well over $650,000 to his total career winnings. He even came close to winning the Main Event again in 2005, eventually finishing 25th for over $300k. Greg was also a member of the five-man Team USA that triumphed at the 4th annual PokerStars World Cup of Poker in 2007. In the same year, he won a major event in the PokerStars World Championship of On line Poker. Greg beat 771 players in the $320 (with re buys) Pot Limit Omaha event, earning $168,362 and his first WCOOP bracelet. He’s even finished second place in the PokerStars Sunday Million on two separate dates. At the 2009 World Series, Greg finished 3rd in the $40,000 No Limit Hold’em event, good for a total of $774,927.
Like a lot of other poker players, Greg spends much of his free time on the golf course. He also enjoys advanced Sudoku-like puzzles and playing tennis and bowling on his Wii game unit. With a history that includes one of the biggest ever live tournament cashes and a host of other final table seats, Greg Raymer has already secured his place in the poker history books.