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- A professional poker player who won two WSOP bracelets including the 1982 Main Event who helped coin the phrase "a chip and a chair."
Jack Strauss began playing in the WSOP events in the early 1970s and finished in 4th place at the 1972 Main Event. His first bracelet was won in the 1972 $3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event. In 1982 he won $520,000 for taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event and made the final table three times in his career. Strauss was nicknamed "Treetop" because of his 6'6" height and attended Texas A&M University. He died in 1988 at the age of 58 while playing in a high stakes poker game at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA. His live poker tournament winnings exceeded $750,000.