It’s known to most people that the World Series of Poker is held in Las Vegas each year, although its roots are actually in West Texas. Around 7 of the first 8 World Champions of Poker were from West Texas. Well, what’s not known to the majority of people is that one of the champions is a San Angelo native named Roberts. He was a football standout in the late 1940s for San Angelo High School won the World Series of Poker main event in 1975. The world champion title was earned by him in addition to $210,000 in the winner-take-all format. There were 21 top players from all over the world and each of them purchased in for $10,000.
The tournament of this year has drawn 7,874 entrants, and John Cynn the winner of the event from Indiana earned $8.8 million in the final-table. The live telecast was shown on ESPN. As far as Roberts is concerned, he only had to direct the field which has 20 players as his opponents. However, he was also known for playing against some of the poker legends. He has defeated champions like Johnny Moss for Odessa, the 3 time winner of the inaugural World Series of Poker in the year 1970. Another player Roberts played against was Thomas Preston, the champion in the year 1972.
Sailor was the nickname earned by Roberts as he served in the United States Navy when the Korean War was on. Besides, he won a bracelet in WSOP 1974 in the Deuce to Seven Draw event which made him earn $35,850. He finished in 5th place at the WSOP main event in the year 1977 out of 34 players. Sadly, he died in the year 1995 and he was 64 years old. No Texan has been so successful in the game like Roberts. He will always be remembered for his poker playing stunts.