Hasan Habib


Born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan Habib came from a privileged family and was the oldest of four siblings. He wanted to go to an American university where he could study and be involved in athletics. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 to attend the University of Redlands in California where he studied business and became a part of their winning tennis team. He has won a National Championship in tennis in Pakistan.

Habib began playing poker in 1985 in local cash games and California cardrooms as a hobby. He grew his bankroll after studying the game and reading poker books. He quit school to play poker professionally and grinded out a living at the tables. He started playing the tournaments in the '90s and was consistently cashing.

In 2000 he was short on cash and living in a cheap rented room near a casino in Los Angeles. Then came the 2000 WSOP, he finished 2nd in the $2,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event, winning $80,000. Then finished 4th in the main event (the year Chris Ferguson won), winning $326,000.

Most people got to know him during his time on the WPT. At the 2004 $25,000 WPT World Championship he finished in 2nd place to Martin De Knijff and won $1.3 million. Just one month before, after going through some tough times, he received some confidence-boosting consolation from Barry Greenstein, who told Habib that he had what it takes to win big. Habib made the final table at the same event next year and finished in 3rd place, winning $896,375. Interestingly, Habib had a financial stake in the event's eventual winner Tuan Le.

He won his first WSOP bracelet and $93,060 in the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event. That year he also came in 2nd in the 2004 Festa al Lago II $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship, winning $328,738.

At the 2006 WSOP, he finished in 5th place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, winning $122,952.

In 2010, he finished in 4th place in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event, winning $234,300.

As of 2009, he has 1 WSOP bracelet, 18 WSOP cashes, and live tournament winnings to date exceed $4,400,000. These days, Habib plans on relaxing more and not playing poker as much. Habib makes regular trips home to visit his family in Pakistan.

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When I eat steak and lobster, I wear a haBIB to catch any drivel that might spill on my Armani suit

bad_dog76 on April 21, 2008

Hasan has more class in his little finger then all of us put together! Hasan has taken his weakness and turned it into money! Hasan is not a practicing muslim. Quite the opposite! He has lived in America since he was 18 and he's lived more years in the States then in Karachi. Hasan has royalty in his blood and thats the truth. (Don't get mad Hasan)

SweetieDi on July 30, 2006

I am so proud of you angel! Why haven't you been answering my calls the last week? I have been putting together a web page dedicated to you. Anyway I am so proud of you're success since I came to Switzerland. Anyway, I sent you an e-mail with a picture of your mom and brother when we were together at Lake Z├╝rich, but it looks like you haven't been checking your e-mail. I am trying to contact this attorney's name you gave me but I must a wrote it down wrong.Give me a call I got good news. Love Di

SweetieDi on July 30, 2006

Dogged it twice at Bellagio final of 25k tpurnament

????? on March 24, 2006

To the gentelman who asked earlier, yes poker is denounced in Islam as are all forms of gambling.

Mesgarzadeh Inc. on August 10, 2005

its funny how much bullshit people talk on this site. i bet no one has actually sat down with the pros like they all say they do

toronto shark on August 3, 2005

whats this guys online name

interested on July 30, 2005

All you people are stupid, wanna be pros get a life

DUMMIES on July 18, 2005

Dear Mr. Wright, A loser is surely someone who needs to stay annonymous just to speak their own mind, and someone who cannot show tolerance towards others. Someone more like yourself indeed. Maybe you should have posted under Steven WRONG instead of Steven Wright. And please do us all a favor and get some long term therapy. Soon !!!!

BIGDAWG on July 17, 2005

I played with Hasan I few times, he is awesome, a tricked learned from him: In the BB, when another player raises, call that raise, when the flop comes garbage, bet heavy no matter what you have , the raiser then folds 8 outta 10 times. However, Hasan did make a really bad call once in San Diego at the WSOP event, he knows, he had the low straight, the other guy had the nuts, WTF was he thinking?? He went out on that hand

Hasan's student on July 17, 2005

my name on Party Poker is Hasan Habib....Hasan if u want it let me know

oh. on July 17, 2005

Hasan you're awesome. Don't sweat those guys.

Alan-al on July 10, 2005

dont know if ur a practicing muslim or not BUT was wondering if poker is denoounced in ISLAM or not....

Unregistered on July 9, 2005

Hey Hasan,You're a great and classy player!

J.. on July 9, 2005

hasan, steller career. dont want to bring up a loss, but when yu lost the satallite tourny for the main eventin 2000, did you have time to get in one more to qualify or did yu sit out?? just wondering. great job on the WPT

loveland on July 8, 2005

You're a great player, Hasan; know that you have a lot of fans who pull for you and respect the way you handle yourself at and away from the table.

mikerico on July 4, 2005

Hasan, the sportsmanship you showed this year after your 3rd place at the world championship was a true gentleman and professional thing to do. You are the man, hope you get to more final tables in season 4, and dammit winnnn!!!! Just kidding keep it up.

blakbart118 on July 4, 2005

Do you have his email? i would like to ask him some tips.

pokerfan on November 20, 2004

He has won more $ playing poker in a day than you will in your lifetime.

you guys on September 20, 2004

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