Joe Bartholdi is a professional poker player based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is best known for briefly being a member of The Crew as well as his $3.7 million win at the WPT.
Born in 1980 in Southern California, Bartholdi learned how to play poker from his father, who was a poker dealer. He moved to Las Vegas at age 18 with his father and began playing poker (despite being underage). He turned pro at age 21, but lost much of his poker bankroll and ended up taking a job as a poker dealer to supplement his income.
Bartholdi met Dutch Boyd at the 2002 WSOP, who invited him to become a member of "The Crew". After being a member of The Crew for a brief while, left the group and remains friends with the other members.
After building up his bankroll again, in 2004, but lost it again. Bartholdi then met and became friends with pro poker player, Joe Cassidy, who staked Bartholdi. Bartholdi's results began to pick up. He cashes in 4 WSOP events in 2004 and 2005, including making a final table in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, where he finished 5th and earned $71,445 - his largest tournament payout at the time. Bartholdi also won an event in the Ultimate Poker Challenge's second season..
Cassidy and Bartholdi reportedly made a deal where they swapped 50% with each other for the WPT Season 4 $25,000 No-Limit Hold 'em championship event. Bartholdi outlasted 604 other players and won the event and the $3,760,165 1st place prize. He then made the final table of the WPT Battle of Champions IV event not too long after.
Bartholdi has 7 WSOP cashes for $168,628. As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,000,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013