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Greg Raymer

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer at the 2008 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Fossilman
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Born (1964-06-25) 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

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.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Poker 2
  • Other activities 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

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.[2]

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).[3]

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 come 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.[4]

At the 2009 WSOP $40k No Limit hold 'em event, he placed third out of 201 entrants and won $774,927.[5]

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.[6]

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

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

Other activities

  • Since 2011, Raymer has operated a poker training school called Fossilman Poker Training.[8] The 1-2 day training classes are conducted at poker rooms around the US and Canada.
  • Raymer was one of the original members of Team PokerStars Pro, a group of professional poker players who represent and endorse, the world's largest online poker site. As of early 2011, he is no longer a member of Team PokerStars Pro.
  • Raymer has lobbied extensively to have poker regulated and classified as a game of skill, after the passage of the UIGEA in 2006.[3] As part of this effort, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Poker Players Alliance.
  • In a December 2006 interview Raymer said that he was considering running for Vice-President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate of the Libertarian Party.[9] However, Raymer did not end up running.
  • On December 20, 2004, two men attempted to rob Raymer at gunpoint as he returned to his Bellagio hotel room after playing in a cash game. Raymer held them off until police arrived and was unharmed.[10]
  • On March 14, 2013 Raymer was arrested along with five other men in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and charged with prostitution and attempted crimes against nature and received a $1,000 secured bond.[11]


  1. ^ About Greg Raymer
  2. ^ Greg Raymer 2004 Main Event Champion
  3. ^ a b Greg Raymer Poker player profile
  4. ^ Wehner, Matt (September 18, 2007). "WCOOP – Event #6, $320 PLO: Greg 'FossilMan' Raymer Wins First WCOOP Title". Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  5. ^ 40th Annual No-Limit Holdem
  6. ^ a b Hendon Mob tournament results: Greg Raymer
  7. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,
  8. ^ Fossilman Poker Training
  9. ^ Poker Champ and Vice Presidential Candidate?
  10. ^ Las Vegas Review Journal: Suspects identified in robbery attempt
  11. ^ Local news article WRAL

External links

  • Official site
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