Over the past decade, a poker player named Dwyte Pilgrim has worked his way up to the top of the professional poker world – and he hasn’t done it quietly. Known for his Muhammad Ali-like chatter, Pilgrim was not only able to draw a crowd, but a winning hand. In the process, he banked millions in tournaments.
Here are five things to know about Pilgrim.
1. Who is Dwyte Pilgrim
Pilgrim, a native of Brooklyn, NY, took his first big dip in 2008 when he recorded four wins totaling around $50,000, Poker News reported.
Although he had an impressive start in the poker world, he wasn’t always a player.
“I got into work. I was a loan officer, and on Friday night the senior reps were playing a good game. From there I played about three years online, then moved to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City for a year and Harrah’s the next year gambling,” Pilgrim told Poker News .
Quitting his job around 2006-2007, Pilgrim said he was convinced he could pursue a career in poker.
“I realized I could do it, but in March 2009 I started traveling,” he recalls.
“I have to do something there,” Pilgrim said in 2017 after making the Borgata Poker Open final table.
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Pilgrim is never seen without three large heavy gold rings. These are World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP-C) rings, signifying wins.
Pilgrim made a spectacular entrance into WSOP-C events in March 2009. His first ring came after winning a preliminary event at Caesars Atlantic City for $83,955.
His second ring came from an event at Harrah’s Resort Southern California (formerly Rincon) event also in 2009 where he finished one event in the finals before taking home the Main Event top prize for $125,775.
The final table is the last group of players in a tournament that can occupy a single table, usually nine players, or six in a 6-max tournament, according to Upswing Poker.
Also in 2009, Pilgrim managed to cash in 11 more times and make five final tables, Poker News reported.
“Cashout” means withdrawing money from his account or having his tokens converted into cash.
In January 2010, Pilgrim won two events at the Southern Poker Championship in Biloxi and came second in another event. In February, he finally made it to the WSOP-C Main Event at Harrah’s Tunica and won the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge XV $1,500 event. He ran deep at the North American Poker Tour Venetian.
“Running deep” applies specifically to tournaments and means “a player has gone a long time without getting knocked out, maybe even reaching the prize pool or the final table,” according to 888 Poker.
A few months later, Pilgrim made another final table at the Chicago Poker Classic in March 2010 and went on to win his third WSOP-C gold ring in Rincon.
3. Chess not checkers
Pilgrim said he liked to play poker.
“I love the recognition, but nothing has come easily. I’ve worked seven years to get to where I am now, and I still feel like I’m the best, but I haven’t not been promoted properly. But as long as you’re playing well, there’s pressure too,” he told Poker News in 2010. to make my next move my best move It’s chess, not checkers.
4. Accusations swirled around Pilgrim
In 2015, Pilgrim was accused of owing money to another player, Aaron Massey, who went public with the charges. This caused a scandal in the professional poker circuit. This was not taken lightly.
“Few things are more valuable to a professional poker player than a solid reputation. Skilled players are known to be honest, outspoken and seemingly always in the game. hand more often,” reported Poker News. Poker can be an expensive game and it’s not uncommon for players to lend each other money for initial bets.
An issue is the amount of a player’s buy-in, or the amount of money the player wishes to play during a given session.
Some called Pilgrim a trickster, which Pilgrim denied.
Poker pro Massey called World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open champion Pilgrim accusing Pilgrim of defaulting on his loan and refusing to repay it. Afterwards, Massey claimed that others had had the same experience with Pilgrim.
5.Pilgrim continues his victories
Year after year, Pilgrim has racked up victories and it seems some mean more to him than others.
In 2010, he was reportedly “overwhelmed with joy” after winning the WPT Borgata.
“It was a roller coaster,” Pilgrim told the WPT after his win. “Lots of ups and downs. In a game where you’re only going to take 12 or 13%, maybe 14% if you’re a good player, that means you’re going to lose 86% of the time. So most of the time we’re down, and when you get big wins like this, you have to let it out.
Pilgrim took home $733,802 for winning the $3,500 buy-in event and that pushed his tournament earnings for 2010 to $1.1 million, ESPN reported.
Most recently, in January 2022, at a WPT event, he won a prize pool of $3,438,600. (See the video below at the start at the nine-minute mark.) Pilgrim’s jokes were loud, but when he won, he fell to the ground and cried.
Photo: YouTube screenshot, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=bJznvaFNIBY&feature=emb_logo