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Sarge Ferris

Fred Ferris
Nickname(s) Sarge
Born December 1, 1928
Waterville, Maine
Died March 12, 1989(1989-03-12) (aged 60)
Las Vegas, Nevada
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1
Highest ITM
Main Event finish

Fred Bernard "Sarge" Ferris (December 1, 1928 – March 12, 1989) was an American professional poker player who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in deuce-to-seven draw.[1]

Ferris won his bracelet at the 1980 World Series of Poker, winning $150,000. He defeated some of the best professional poker players of that time to win the tournament, including two-time world champion Doyle Brunson who finished the tournament in second place, and 1978 world champion Bobby Baldwin who finished third.

He also won a tournament at the Super Bowl of Poker, organized by Amarillo Slim. Ferris was mainly a cash game player, but also had tournament winnings exceeding $241,000.[2]

On April 22, 1983, Ferris gained notoriety as the Internal Revenue Service seized $46,000 during a high stakes game at the Horseshoe Casino.

Ferris died in March 1989, and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in December of that year.[3]


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