Josh Arieh (pronounced "R-E-A") is a professional poker player from Atlanta best known for finishing third behind Greg Raymer and David Williams in the 2004 WSOP Main Event.
Born in 1974 in Rochester, New York, Arieh has been an Atlanta-based tournament pro since 1999. After graduating from high school, he spent one year in college, going to classes during the day and playing poker at night. He then briefly worked a normal job before going pro.
Although most people know him from the 2004 WSOP, he actually won a bracelet and $202,800 in the $3,000 Limit Hold 'Em event at the 1999 WSOP. And the following year, he went heads-up against Johnny Chan to place 2nd in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, earning $89,700.
His hard work paid off in 2004 when he finished in 3rd place in the 2004 WSOP main event and won $2.5 million. During the main event, he got a reputation for being obnoxious for a couple of incidents. First, he criticized Harry Demetriou after a key hand. Then, after being eliminated, he whispered to David Williams, "bust this motherfucker," referring to eventual winner Greg Raymer.
In 2004, Arieh finished 3rd in a WPT Borgata Poker Open for $286,900.
After winning, Arieh bought his wife a BMW, then smartly put away money for their kid's educations. He also decided to start the Atlanta Poker School where you can pay a fee and take classes taught by him.
One of the ways he has improved his game was by talking to his friend Erick Lindgren. Arieh even stayed at Lindgren's Las Vegas home for two months during the World Series.
At the 2005 WSOP, Arieh earned his second bracelet by defeating Chris Ferguson in the $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
In December of 2009, he finished in 2nd in the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $952,290.
Arieh has 2 WSOP bracelets and 15 WSOP cashes. In 2008, he started playing online at Full Tilt Poker and has greatly reduced his travel schedule in recent years to spend more time with his family.
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