Ryan 'BigBalls/Daut44' Daut Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 07 May 2011 00:14
Ryan Daut is another player with roots in StarCraft that was encouraged by TeamLiquid members to play poker back in 2004. He became a featured poker teaching pro at CardRunners for a couple years which led to him becoming a Red Pro on Full Tilt Poker. Daut's biggest highlight was winning the 2007 WPT PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure for over $1.5 million. Though primarily an online cash games player, Daut has live tournament winnings that exceed $1.8 milllion that includes three World Poker Tour final tables and four World Series of Poker cashes. His biggest online score was chopping the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament in January 2011 for $188,874. Daut was born April 18th, 1984 in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with poker friends.

Things you might not know:
  • Daut created the StarCraft name "BigBalls" when he was in 7th grade after a measuring contest with his buddies.
  • Daut used "Daut44" online when he matured some and moved into poker.
  • Daut earned a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Richmond in 2006.
  • Daut began work on a doctorate in mathematics at Penn State University, but dropped out after one semester to play poker professionally.
  • Daut was an active poster and member of the TeamLiquid StarCraft community.
  • Daut initially deposited $45 after encouragement from TeamLiquid grinding the smallest games. He slowly built it up to $600 over the course of the year.
  • Daut was selected as CardRunners founder Taylor Caby's protege in 2006 which caused Daut to put academics on hold to take advantage of that opportunity.
  • Daut played in his first World Series of Poker main event in 2006 when he was only a $100NL grinder, with a $2k roll.
  • Daut defeated table chip leader Isaac Haxton heads up to win the 2007 WPT-PCA despite having a 3-1 chip deficit to begin. There were 937 entrants that played in the main event in the Bahamas.
  • Daut helped his retired parents pay off their home with some of his WPT winnings.
  • Daut's next best tournament finish was that same year taking sixth in the WPT $15K Doyle Brunson Classic for more than $190K.
  • Daut got into backing other promising poker players for a while.
  • Daut is a big sports fan, who played football, baseball and tennis.
  • Daut enjoys mixed martial arts and studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
  • Daut was a Rubik's Cube specialist in younger days, taking less than two minutes for individual puzzles.

Ryan "BigBalls/Daut44" Daut has played many levels and variations of poker. He has focused at different times at Full Ring, SNG's, heads-up, high stakes games, mass tabling mid-stakes with the occasional tournaments. After a bad episode a few years back where he lost most of his online bankroll when he tried to first start playing PLO, he has advocated a tight bankroll management.
For NL games I would suggest 30 buyins up through 1/2, then starting at 2/4, you need 40-50, and at 5/10+ id recommend at least 75, and for higher limit games if you want to be a serious player at least 100. It’s so nice to be able to make any play and not worry about having to move down after losing 5 buyins.

Daut videos showing amazing river bluff aggression, poker strategy talk, WSOP interview and more strategy talk with Jon Friedberg:

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