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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