Jack Keller

Jack Keller

Jack Keller


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Jack Keller
United States
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Jack Keller was an American poker player who won the 1984 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

He won two other WSOP bracelet as well as Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker twice. Outside of poker, Keller served in the US Air Force prior to becoming a poker player.

Keller was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1993. He died on December 5, 2003, aged 60.


Keller was born in Tunica, Mississippi in December, 1942. He began playing cards as a teenager in friendly "kitchen games". He served in the US Air Force prior to becoming a poker player.

His nickname of 'Gentleman Jack' was an ironic one, earned while working as a stock broker.

By the early 80s, Keller had earned a reputation as one of the best Seven Card Stud and Lowball players around.

1984 WSOP Main Event

In 1984, Keller won his first bracelet in the $5,000 Seven Card Stud event, and followed that up by winning the Main Event for $660,000. He topped a 132-player field and defeated Byron "Cowboy" Wolford heads-up.

Three years after his Main Event success, Keller quit poker and returned to stock options trading. However, in 1993 he returned to win a third bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Omaha for $61,800.

Jack Keller WSOP Bracelets

YearEventPayout (USD)
1984Event #7: $5,000 Limit Seven Card Stud$137,500
1984Event #14: $10,000 NLHE WSOP Main Event$660,000
1993Event #5: $1,500 Limit Omaha$61,800

WSOP Main Event Winners 1975-84

1984132Jack KellerUnited States$660,000
1983108Tom McEvoyUnited States$540,000
1982104Jack StrausUnited States$520,000
198175Stu UngarUnited States$375,000
198073Stu UngarUnited States$385,000
197954Hal FowlerUnited States$270,000
197842Bobby BaldwinUnited States$210,000
197734Doyle BrunsonUnited States$340,000
197622Doyle BrunsonUnited States$220,000
197521Brian RobertsUnited States$210,000