Steve Dannenmann is a poker player who is best known for finishing in 2nd place in the 2005 WSOP main event.
Born in 1966 in Baltimore, Maryland, Steve Dannenmann is a certified public accountant and mortgage loan officer who decided to play in the main event of the WSOP in 2005 after only having played poker with his friends for a few years. He borrowed $5,000 from his friend and used it to pay half his entry fee into the tournament. That tournament was, at the time, the largest main event in history.
Dannenmann ended up outlasted almost everyone and made it down to the final table before getting eliminated in heads-up play by the eventual champion, Joe Hachem. Dannenmann's second place finish earned him more than $4.2 million dollars, which immediately made him one of the highest-earning poker players in history. He split the huge prize with his friend bankrolled half his buy-in.
Dannenmann has said that Dan Harrington's book on the end-game of No Limit Hold-Em tournaments helped him become successful. On the way to his 2nd place finish, he eliminated 1994 WSOP champion Russ Hamilton and Mike Matusow, who later became his tutor and good friend. In the press conference after the WSOP Main Event, Dannenmann said that he found poker to be boring, which rubbed some people the wrong way. His finish in the 2005 main event qualified him for the 2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions, where he finished in fifth place and won $100,000.
Since his 2005 WSOP success, Dannenmann has had moderate cashes in some WSOP and WPT events. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,500,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013