Christopher Phillip Ferguson is an American Poker player born on 11 April 1963 in Los Angles, California. He is fondly referred to as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and has won six World Series of Poker Events, including the 2000 WSOP Main Event and the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
Fergusons Poker Career
Chris Ferguson earned his nickname “Jesus” because of his long dark brown hair, full beard and thin stature. Usually sporting a black cowboy hat, dark sunglasses and equally dark attire, he looks like a poker player from the Wild West saloon days.
He won 6 WSOP bracelets and more than $8 million in tournament prize money.
He was one of the main faces of Full Tilt, and one of his most significant achievements was a personal challenge to turn $0 to $10000 starting with freerolls and after reaching his goal, only concluded the challenge after reaching $20000.
Yet despite his success, when Full Tilt Poker abruptly closed, causing many poker players to lose their entire bankroll overnight, they believed that “Jesus” was partly responsible.
Ferguson soon disappeared from public life after playing his last event in Dec 2010, only to resurface in 2016, where he made a brief appearance at the 2016 WSOP. Many believed he would not return; however, he surprised everyone in 2017 when he came to Las Vegas for the WSOP 2017 and ended up winning the WSOP Player of the Year title. It added insult to injury, with many players in the poker community was enraged as they felt he shouldn’t have been allowed to play, let alone win such a prestigious honour.
Where is he now?
This Full Tilt honcho is not affected by the stern looks and table talk and refuses to apologize for his role in the Full Tilt scandal and got acquitted of any wrongdoing by the Department of Justice. He’s here to stay, and he certainly has not lost his touch when it comes to playing Poker.