Chip Reese was one of the most well known and respected famous poker players of all time. Chip Reese was born on March 28, 1951 as David Edward Reese and died in his sleep on December 4, 2007 from the effects of pneumonia. Chip Reese wrote the seven card stud chapter for Doyle Brunson’s book Super System, and played in the biggest games against professional poker players such as Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and many others.
Chip Reese started playing poker during grade school and constantly beat kids who were several years older than him. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Chip Reese was headed west to Stanford to become a lawyer when he made a stop in Las Vegas. Chip entered a seven card stud poker tournament, which he won, and never made it to Stanford. Chip stayed in Las Vegas and even hired somebody to move his belongings to Las Vegas.
Chip Reese has won three World Series of Poker bracelets. In 1978, Chip Reese won the $1000 Seven Card Stud Split event. Chip won his second WSOP bracelet in 1982 playing $5000 Limit Seven Card Stud. In 2006, after a marathon battle in heads-up against Andy Bloch, Chip Reese won the $50000 HORSE event. The heads-up battle lasted for seven hours and 286 hands were played, making it the longest heads-up battle in WSOP history. To put it in perspective, the entire final table at the WSOP Main Event in 2005 lasted only 232 hands. It is fitting that this record setting heads-up battle occurred at what was currently the largest buy-in event in WSOP history.
In 1991, at the age of 40, Chip Reese became the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. To date, Chip has won nearly $3 million in poker tournament play, which is also impressive since Chip didn’t play in poker tournaments very often.
Chip Reese played online at Full Tilt Poker under the screen name CaseyAtTheBat until he passed away. Chip Reese died on December 4, 2007. Sources report that the death was caused by pneumonia related symptoms, while his friends assert that it was caused by a blood clot from a gastric bypass that Chip Reese recently had.