Julian Gardner

Julian Gardner is a professional poker player from Manchester, England. He is best known for his 2nd place finish in the WSOP main event in 2002.

Born in 1978, Gardner is a second-generation professional poker player, following in the footsteps of his father Dave. He started going to a local casino at the age of 15. By age 20 he had won 10 tournaments and by age 21, he had made 25 final tables. He turned pro the moment he left high school.

In 2000 he entered the WSOP main event for the first time. Despite being the early chip leader, he got eliminated out of the money.

After skipping the 2001 main event, he finished 2nd in the main event of the 2002 WSOP and, at the age of 24, became the youngest player ever to win $1 million in a poker tournament ($1.1 million). During his main event run, he was near the chip lead for the majority of the tournament, which is rare. Most players who have early chip leaders almost never do well in the end. On the final hand, Gardner had the J and 8 of clubs and Varkohni had Q 10 when the flop came Q-4-4 with 2 clubs. Gardner went all-in on a flush draw. The turn card was a 10. The river was a club and make Gardner's flush but it was a 10 of clubs to make Varkonyi a full house. Gardner, for a brief second, thought that he had won.

Gardner then cashed in the main event in 2003 and 2004, making him the only player to cash in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Although he did not cash in the 2005 main event (where he qualified through Betfair), he did cash in 4 different events. Gardner then cashed in the 2007 main event coming in 64th place out of 6,358 (the top 1% of the field) for $130,288. He has 13 total WSOP cashes.

Gardner also made appearances on Late Night Poker and was also a member of the winning British team in the Poker Nations Cup. He finished 3rd at the final table at Poker Million VI winning his biggest prize since the 2002 WSOP, $250,000.

Gardner is engaged to poker player Kerry Clarke. In 2005 they both reached the semi-final of the 888.com UK Poker Open, where Gardner eliminated her. He is the co-author of the book The Secrets of Online Power Poker and is a Full Tilt Poker Pro. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,400,000.


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This guy sucks and he has one of the gayest accents I've ever heard. Do us all a favor and play with a paper bag over your head you ugly sucker.
Maybe if you can't see your cards you'll play better. Has this donk ever won anything?!!

bad_dog76 on November 30, 2007

finally found someone uglier than seidel,,how in the F does he get his name on this page?

headlessman1964 on December 31, 2006

Get A New Nose

Unregistered on August 24, 2005

who is this idiot?

Unregistered on August 20, 2005

Dude needs to go back to Urope. I hate the Dutch people. Get a new nose.

Ivan Rodriguez on August 2, 2005

Apparently this guy has money to lose. Look him up at pokerstars, MrCoco, he helped me secure an early withdrawal this month. Thanks for the cash Julian.

loser on May 12, 2005

MORON, he thought he won the final hand against Varkonyi

Eddie on December 30, 2004

really good player and a nice guy i wish him well

djnpa_30 on November 30, 2004

This guy is the shit.

yeeeah on November 23, 2004

i played and beat him in stockport years ago...his dad has been a player on the northern curcuit for years... JG is a proper player...he will be around for years...

ucky on November 18, 2004

did you guys see him at the WSOP this year he looks a lot better than the more popular players

jc89 on October 28, 2004

To me he is one of the best NLH tournament players in the world. He is a head and shoulder above many of even popular players in today tournaments.more over, he is a real rounder. he's always a biggest treat to your whole bankrol. He is a pro poker player, with highly advanced level. he has the ability to curve his name in the top of the list.

Amir/Tus on October 27, 2004

Gardner is 100 times better than Varkhoni he win if they ever go heads up again

pk99 on September 2, 2004

He is good in reading peoples for sure and he is a gambler,yes but i personally think he was luckier than you have to be in the tournaments and it takes years of experiance to get on the list of top ten inthe world i personally don't think he i there, to be referd as the best

Amir/Tus on August 17, 2004

Dont Know Why He Is Profiled Here But I Loved Seeing Amir Bust Him In The 2003 WSOP

Unregistered on August 1, 2004

plays very few tournaments these days but has made the money in the main event of WSOP three years on the trot...which suggests real class... and he is still young. as i'm writing this he is one of the chip leaders in this years main event...good luck Julian!!

NL. on May 24, 2004

He's an up & comer. No Hon Le...but he willbe a force in the future.

Ralphie on May 18, 2004

the wpt needs people with the class that this guy has.

rookie on February 12, 2004

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