Have you ever watched reruns of the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour and wondered “whatever happened to that guy.” We’ve wondered the same thing about various players from time to time.
High profile pros come and go from the game for various reasons. Some were merely amateur players that had their 15 minutes of fame and moved on. Others were pros that failed to evolve with the game and others left the game to pursue other passions.
Continue reading to find out whatever happened to the following nine high profile poker players.
Darvin Moon is the self-employed logger that took the chip lead into the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event. He ultimately finished in 2nd place and earned over $5.18 million.
After his huge score, Moon returned to logging but still plays in live events from time to time. In 2011, he became a Tour Ambassador for the Heartland Poker Tour and cashed in three events between 2011 and 2012.
Moon’s largest score since his runner-up finish in 2009 was an 8th place finish in the 2013 Empire State Poker Championship Main Event. That earned him $13,946.
While not listed on his Hendon Mob profile, Moon did managed to win an event at the 2015 Wheeling Island Poker Summer Classic in Wheeling, WV. That victory earned him a mighty prize of $3,163.
Moon presently has career earnings of $5.21 million and continues to enjoy his amateur status.
Most remember Ivan Demidov for making the final table of both the 2008 WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event. He finished 3rd in the Europe Main Event and was runner-up to Peter Eastgate in Vegas.
Despite winning $5.8 million for finishing runner-up in Vegas, he claimed that he’s never seen a dime of that money. That’s because his backer never paid him the money he was due.
Where some would be crushed by such a financial shortfall, Demidov was able to bounce back in a big way. He was signed by PokerStars as a Team Pro and also invested in a couple of businesses that made him financially independent.
He now married and has a six-year-old son and still plays poker on a recreational basis, still competing annually at the World Series of Poker. However, his life priorities have shifted in such a way that poker is no longer his primary focus – and he seems to be perfectly content with his current lifestyle.
Glen Chorny has his breakout year in poker in 2008. He took down the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for $3.19 million and finished the year with $3.43 million. He followed that up with just over $100k in earnings in 2009 but afterwards he’s posted just over $7,200 in combined earnings.
Over the summer, the Indy Star reported that Chorny is currently suing Indiana-based Poker World Society over his investment in Poker Battle, a social media poker company that never got off the ground.
Chorny was told that Poker Battle could net up to $2 million a day and his seven-figure investment would get him 10% of the company. The company was supposedly sold in 2015 for $2.5 million but Chorny has never seen a dime of that money.
Scott Montgomery has his breakout year in poker in 2008. He finished 5th at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for over $296k and then 5th in the WSOP Main Event for $3.09 million.
Two years later, Montgomery took down his first bracelet by winning a $1k NL Event at the 2010 WSOP. Since that time, he has yet to duplicate anything close to that success. The last time he won six figures in a year was 2012.
Montgomery went on a decent run in the 2016 Main Event, finishing 140th. He still shows up in events from time to time with most of his scores in recent years coming at the WSOP.
Tuan Lam is perhaps the biggest “Whatever happened to” story on the list. After finishing runner-up to Jerry Yang at the 2007 WSOP Main Event, Tuan Lam completely vanished from poker existence.
It wasn’t until 2014 that Chad Holloway caught up with Lam and found out what happened. Apparently Lam has largely settled down and is living comfortably with the money that he made from the Main Event run.
He also has done a lot of charity work since his runner-up finish. At the time, he mentioned that he has went through some health problems but he didn’t elaborate on what they were.
The last time he was seen was during the 2014 Main Event. Since that time, he went back into obscurity. We wish him a long and happy life.
Back in 2007, the then 62-year-old Raymond Rahme defied conventional logic and went on a WSOP Main Event run that eventually ended in third place. Rahme made $3.04 million and instantly became a household name around the world and an instant legend in South Africa.
After his third place finish, Rahme was signed as a Team Pro for PokerStars and continued in that role for a couple of years. He also used his Main Event earnings to make some investments and supplement his poker bankroll.
After a few years of traveling and playing various events in Africa and around the world, Rahme has largely slowed down and only plays in select event. He opting instead to focus on other parts of life, including his large family.
For his career, Rahme has $3.54 million in career earnings.
From 2005 to 2007, Bill Edler was one of the biggest stars in the game. He had what appeared to be an insane breakout year in 2007, winning over $2.75 million in live tournaments.
That year, he won the first (and only) Heads-Up Championship in Compton CA for $215,000. He then finished 7th in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic and then 6th in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars.
At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Edler took down the $5k Six-Max Event for his first bracelet and went deep in the Main Event, finishing 23rd.
Later that summer, Edler won the WPT Gulf Coast Poker Championship for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Just when it seemed that Edler was poised to be the next big thing in poker, he just about dropped off the face of the poker map. He went 0 for 2008 and then over the next three years barely cracked $60k in combined earnings.
We didn’t hear anything else about Edler again until 2013 when he was inducted by the FBI along with 33 others in a major gambling bust. The group had ties to organized crime and Edler provided services as a sports betting expert for baseball. He later received a deferred sentence for his crimes.
Edler completely disappeared from the gambling world after that point and it seems unlikely we will hear from him again.
Most of the poker world remembers Paul Wasicka for being the man who lost to Jamie Gold heads-up in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. His runner-up finish earned him $6.1 million but unlike many former Main Event runner-ups, that wouldn’t be the last we would hear from him.
In 2007, Wasicka continued his heater and finished 4th in at the L.A. Poker Classic for over $455k. He then took down the NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $500k.
Wasicka’s next big win would be in 2010 when he won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Tunica, MS stop. That victory was good for over $139k.
From that moment, we’ve seen significantly less of Wasicka and all of his cashes after 2010 have been at the World Series of Poker.
Back in 2013, Wasicka told PokerListings that he was running a marijuana dispensary in Colorado. The business was profitable and Wasicka was content playing select events.
Although he no longer is a tournament circuit regular, he still has a healthy resume to look back upon. He presently has over $7.87 million in live tournament earnings. From the looks of things, he prefers to light it up in Colorado rather than set the poker world ablaze.
Back in 2005, Steve Dannenmann passed the sugar to Joe Hachem by finishing runner-up in the WSOP Main Event. He earned $4.25 million for that finish. Later that year, Dannenmann won another $100k by finishing 5th in the WSOP Tournament of Champions invitational.
Afterwards, Dannenmann has posted a decent resume of live tournament cashes but nothing in comparison to what he did in 2005. His most notable run was an 11th place finish in the 2008 WPT Borgata Poker Open. He also finished 12th in the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Since 2012, his only five figure or larger score was a 17th place finish in the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Baltimore earlier this year.
Dannenmann has a respectable $4.82 million in live tournament cashes but he is far from being a regular player on the circuit.
Dannenmann is a CPA and operates a financial firm out of Glenn Burnie, MD. In addition, Dannenmann flips houses. He told All-In Magazine that house flipping is more exciting than playing poker.
Due to his financial stability, Dannenmann can continue to enjoy the game recreationally and may one day surprise the world with another high profile run or victory.