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Greg Raymer

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer at the 2008 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Fossilman
Born June 25, 1964
Minot, North Dakota
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 18
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 2004
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 2
Information accurate as of 25 January 2012.

Gregory Raymer (born June 25, 1964) nicknamed "Fossilman," is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Early life

Raymer's family moved numerous times during his childhood, from his birthplace of Minot, ND to Lansing, MI, where he lived until age 10. He then moved to Clearwater, Florida, attending Dunedin Middle School, and then to St. Louis, Missouri.

After Raymer graduated from Parkway South High School in St. Louis, he enrolled at the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he majored in chemistry and became a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in biochemistry in 1989, and then again from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992. He then practiced law as a patent attorney for more than a decade, spending the last six years of his legal career at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

Raymer is nicknamed "Fossilman" because of his hobby of collecting fossils. He uses a small fossil as a card protector while he plays poker.


Raymer first finished in the money of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event during 2001 in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo split 8 or better event won by Chris Ferguson. At the 2004 World Series, he defeated David Williams to win the $5,000,000 first prize in the $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em WSOP main event.

The following year, as defending champion, Raymer finished 25th (out of 5,619 entrants) in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, earning him $304,680. Arguably, this two-year accomplishment ranks as one of most impressive performances in the main event in recent history, along with Dan Harrington's. Both players posted deep runs in consecutive years (Harrington finished 3rd and 4th in 2003/2004), and both looked to repeat as world champion within a ten-year span (Harrington won the Main Event in 1995).

In 2005, Raymer also entered the inaugural British Poker Open, which was filmed in London and was the UK's biggest live poker event in history. As a firm favourite, he made the final table and came in third in a live final, worth around £20,000.

On September 17, 2007, Raymer won his first World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet by winning Event #6 of the 2007 WCOOP, a $320 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys event. The victory netted him $168,362.

At the 2009 WSOP $40k No Limit hold 'em event, he placed third out of 201 entrants and won $774,927.

In 2012, he won an unprecedented four Heartland Poker Tour events. On July 30, he bested 130 opponents at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM;, on October 1 he defeated 335 players at the River City Casino in St. Louis, on October 22 he took down another title at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino In Iowa, and on November 19 he capped it off with a win at the HPT Champ Open at the Belterra Casino in Indiana. Raymer easily won the Heartland Poker Tour Player of The Year title earning a total of $371,967 in winnings.

As of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,400,000. Most of his winnings ($6,487,512) have come from his places in the money at WSOP tournament events.

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2004 $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship $5,000,000

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