Dewey Tomko Profile
- Tomko started playing poker profitably as a 16 year-old in Pittsburgh pool halls, which allowed him to finance his education.
- Tomko attended Salem College in West Virginia, often out playing his returning from Vietnam friends of their funds to help pay for his education.
- Tomko worked as a kindergarten teacher, but often player poker throughout his nights.
- Tomko realized poker was more profitable, but funneled much of his winnings to other businesses so he would only have to play poker part time.
- Tomko has played every WSOP Main Event since 1974, the longest current active streak.
- Tomko also was twice the "bubble boy" in the WSOP Main Event, just missing a cash.
- Tomko considers Doyle Brunson one of his longest and strongest friends in poker. They have invested in multiple businesses together.
- Tomko claimed his biggest score before 2003 by winning the $10k NLHE Grand Prix of Poker in 1984 to make up for some of his frustrating second place finishes for $355k.
- Tomko is an avid golfer, who loves to have large bets riding on his performance.
- Tomko owns the Southern Dunes golf course and operates the Horseshoe Casino in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.
- Tomko aspired to play on the Senior PGA.
- Rick Reilly chronicled how well Tomko performs under pressure, stating that many PGA professionals used to refuse to play him for money.
- Tomko's son Derek is now a professional poker player that Tomko insists is better than he was at a similar age.
1984 $10,000 Grand Prix, 1st Place
1984 $5,000 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha, 1st Place
1984 $10,000 WSOP Deuce to Seven, 1st Place
1984 $10,000 America's Cup, 3rd Place
1984 $10,000 Grand Prix, 4th Place
1985 $2,500 Grand Prix, 1st Place
1985 $10,000 Grand Prix, 1st Place
1985 $5,000 Superbowl of Poker 7 Card Stud, 1st Place
1985 $10,000 Superbowl of Poker, 2nd Place
Tomko finished as the leading money winner in all three of the non-WSOP top poker series; Amarillo Slim's Superbowl of Poker, Bob Stupak's Vegas World, and the Grand Prix of Poker, while winning two WSOP bracelets.
Nowadays, Tomko plays a very limited schedule feeling that poker has passed him by somewhat.
Tomko's tough final hand in the 2001 WSOP, Poker After Dark episode, and his elimination in the 2007 $50k WSOP H.O.R.S.E. tournament:
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