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David Williams - card game player

David Williams
Born June 9, 1980
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 19
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
2nd, 2004
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 4
Money finish(es) 10
Information accurate as of  July 21, 2010.

David Anthony Williams (born June 9, 1980) is a professional poker player and popular Magic: The Gathering player.

Personal life

Williams was born in Arlington, Texas. He briefly attended Princeton University before switching to study economics at Southern Methodist University. Williams currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Williams's poker success was capped at the 2004 World Series of Poker. He won his buy-in through an online poker site and made it to the finals of the main event, ultimately finishing second to Greg Raymer, but still winning $3.5 million for the runner-up prize. Four months later, he finished second at the Borgata Open World Poker Tour where he collected $573,800.



As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,900,000. $4,317,983 of his live winnings have come at the WSOP, and most of the rest has come from the WPT.

World Series of Poker

Williams won his sole WSOP bracelet in 2006 in the $1,500 Seven-card stud event when his K♠ 3♥ 4♠ K♦ (6♠ 4♣ 8♥) defeated John Hoang's 4♣ 5♠ 9♦ 3♣ (A♦ 8♠ 10♠). His mother, Shirley Williams, often attends poker events in which he plays, and even competed in the 2006 WSOP main event, outlasting her son in the process.

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2006 $1,500 Seven Card Stud $163,118
World Poker Tour

In March 2006, Williams made a second WPT final table, finishing 4th for $280,000. Two months later he made another WPT final table, again finishing 4th. In 2010, he won the WPT World Championship, defeating Eric Baldwin heads-up and winning over $1.5 million.

World Poker Tour Titles
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2010 $25,000 WPT World Championship $1,530,537

Online Poker

Following the 2004 World Series of Poker, David Williams became a member of Team Bodog. Williams parted ways with Bodog after the 2010 WPT World Championship. In June 2010, Williams joined Team PokerStars as a sponsored pro.


World Championship of Online Poker

In 2009, Williams, playing under the screen name "RugDoctor", defeated Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn to capture Event #42 ($2,100 8-Game) of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).

World Championship of Online Poker Titles
Year Event Tournament Prize (US$)
2009 Event 42 $2,100 8-Game $107,800

Other poker activities

Williams also appeared on the game show King of Vegas, finishing in third place. He now has his own blog that offers an inside look at his personal and professional life. The webisodes air on the internet TV channel

Magic: The Gathering

David Williams
Nationality USA
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 0 (1)*
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 3 (9)
Lifetime Pro Points 177
Planeswalker Level 48 (Archmage)
* Williams reached the Top 8 of 2001 Pro Tour Tokyo and the 2001 Worlds but was disqualified from the World Championship

Williams is an accomplished Magic player. His initial foray into Magic's Pro Tour came in the late 1990s. He made the Top 8 of eight Grand Prix events in cities such as San Diego, Cannes, Moscow and Cleveland with Team Event wins in Yokohama and Taipei in 2001. He also made the top 8 of the first Pro Tour in Japan, finishing 7th at PT Tokyo 2001. He had already won over $30,000 playing Magic when he made the Top 8 of the 2001 World Championships in Toronto. However, he was disqualified without prize for marked cards because three of his four Accumulated Knowledge cards were bent more than the other cards in his deck, making them easier to cut to when Williams cut his own deck after his opponent shuffled it. The tournament's judging staff determined that the bending was not accidental and that Williams had cheated based on two criteria:

Williams admitted that the cards were marked but disputed the determination that he cheated by marking them intentionally. Williams was suspended by the DCI from sanctioned Magic: The Gathering tournaments for one year. During this suspension, Williams started to focus more on Texas hold 'em, especially on the Internet. He made a successful comeback after his suspension was finished, and won money at several more Magic events, though his focus was mainly on poker.

Even though there is more money that can be made in professional poker than in professional Magic, Williams has said he will continue to play both games, although poker will take precedence. Like many who play both, he has asserted that the two are for different purposes: he plays Magic to have fun, and poker to make money.