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Rodney H. Pardey

Rodney Pardey
Nickname(s) Senior, Magoo
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finish(es) 11
Highest ITM
Main Event finish

Rodney (Rod) Herm Pardey (born May 5, 1945 in Vincennes, Indiana) is an American professional poker player, currently residing in Seattle, WA. Pardey is the father of professional poker player and singer/songwriter Rodney E. Pardey and Ryan J. Pardey.

Pardey began playing poker professionally in his early twenties in and around the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington state. In 1969, while still in the reserves for The United States Coast Guard, Pardey began making regular money in a low-limit poker game featuring a host of local professionals that even included a local judge. At the advice of another player, Pardey embarked on a trip to Las Vegas to try his luck there.


  • Career 1
  • World Series of Poker Bracelets 2
  • Outside of Poker 3
  • External links 4


In Las Vegas in the 1970s, Pardey rose through the ranks playing his signature game: seven-card stud. Pardey sharpened his skills against some of the toughest competition then playing: Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, David "Chip" Reese, Danny Robison, Eric Drache, Roger Moore, Stu Ungar, Tommy Cress, Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson and Sarge Ferris. Many allege these games involved rampant cheating.

In the late 1970s, famed author of poker-playing guidebooks, David Sklansky, ranked Pardey the number one seven-card stud player in the world. In a time well before the rise of Texas hold 'em, this allowed Pardey a very comfortable living. By the end of the 1970s, Pardey was regularly playing as high as $1,000-$2,000.

The 1980s saw many changes in the poker industry, and these changes took their effect on Pardey as well. With the onset of the popularity of hold 'em, Pardey found himself shut out of the ensuing poker boom that was so crucially associated with "flops" and big tournament scores.

The early 80's brought on the rise of The Golden Nugget cardroom, run by Eric Drache. Pardey and Drache were good friends who had similar ideas on how a cardroom should be run. Pardey was thrilled to play in Drache's honest well-run cardroom. After years of training his eyes to watch for crooked players and crooked dealers, Pardey was able to focus on just cards. Since May 1995, Pardey has been playing regularly in Los Angeles, California.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1991 $2,500 Seven Card Stud $133,600
1994 $2,500 Seven Card Stud $132,000

Outside of Poker

Pardey has been married twice. His first marriage was to Sandra Marie (born January 8, 1950 in Spokane, Washington), with whom he had three children: Rodney Erin Pardey (born September 14, 1976 in Las Vegas), Ryan Joseph Pardey (born February 25, 1979 in Las Vegas), and Lucynda Laurynne Campbell (born September 13, 1980 in Las Vegas). His second marriage, to Carmen Guffey (born September 29, 1946 in Dallas, Texas), was childless.

Before poker, Pardey was a professional bowler and bowled briefly on the PBA tour. In 1977, Pardey used his poker proceedings to purchase a run-down bowling alley in south Seattle called Skyway Park Bowl. Pardey is currently co-proprietor of the business with younger brother, David Pardey. Skyway Park Bowl expanded to include a casino in the late 1990s and has hosted a number of PBA tour events, including three visits from ABC.

External links

  • PokerTips profile
  • Skyway Park Bowl site
  • Hendon Mob tournament results
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