Born in 1938, Crandell Addington is an entrepreneur and poker player who is best known as one of the founders of the World Series of Poker. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2005.
Addington was a regular player in Texas poker games in the 1960s before making his mark in the poker world in the 1970's. When he made his impressive run at the WSOP he had already become a self-made millionaire who played poker primarily for fun and not for money.
Addington made the final table of the WSOP Main Event almost every year from 1972 to 1979, and (as of 2009) holds the record for most final table appearances in the main event with 7. In the main event, he finished 2nd on two occasions (losing to Johnny Moss in 1974 and Bobby Baldwin in 1978), finished 3rd twice (in 1972 and 1976), and finished in 3rd place in 1975.
He has 1 WSOP bracelet, 6 WSOP cashes, and total WSOP earnings of $122,650. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $160,000. Even though he doesn't have a high number of bracelets, cashes, or total winnings, he is regarded as one of the greatest poker players in history, with Doyle Brunson calling him a "No Limit Hold'em Legend".
Addington graduated from Southwestern University with majors in economics and accounting and left the poker world in the 1980s in order to get into the business world. Over the course of his 40 years as an entrepreneur, he founded several successful companies.
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