Nick Vertucci Makes a Name as a Ferocious Poker Player


Real estate entrepreneur Nick Vertucci has recently expanded his professional persona by receiving recognition for his achievements not in the boardroom, but at the poker table.


Vertucci is most well-known for his successes in the real estate industry, including his opening of the Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy (NVREA) in 2015 and the publishing of his recent book Seven Figure Decisions: Having the Balls to Succeed. Through his educational platforms, Vertucci has provided insight to aspiring real estate professionals, enlightening them by sharing the steps he took to find success. Vertucci is the epitome of the American rags-to-riches story, going twice from bankruptcy to millionaire. However, beyond real estate, Vertucci has been making his name in the world of poker.


Vertucci’s most distinguishable triumph in poker was in 2004, when he entered into the No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Championship hosted at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. With a $1,500 buy in and 251 entrants, Vertucci walked away with $7,530, taking 8th place.


Following this initial appearance at Commerce Casino, Vertucci continued to build his reputation in the poker world, competing with some of the planet’s top players. His competitors have included:


  • Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari. Esfandiari worked previously as a magician, then transitioned into a poker professional. He was won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets throughout his career.
  • Phil “the Poker Brat” Helmuth. Helmuth is an American poker player known for his trash talk and occasional misjudgments. Throughout his professional career, Helmuth has won the World Series of Poker bracelet four times, and in 2005 he won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.
  • David Benyamine. Benyamine is a French poker player with a World Poker Tour title. He started learning the ins and outs of poker at the age of 12 and is considered a Pot-Limit Omaha specialist.
  • Phil “the Unibomber” Lakk. Lakk is an Irish poker player and commentator and holds a World Poker Tour title and a World Series of Poker bracelet.
  • Kenny Tran. Tran is a Vietnamese-American poker player who won the 2008 World Series of Poker.


Earning a spot among such experts is quite an accomplishment for a poker player. Beyond his games with poker professionals however, Vertucci has also played with a celebrity crew, including: American Actress and World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet winner, Jennifer Tilly; American Actor ranked 5,477th on the All Time Money List by The Hendon Mob, Ben Affleck; American Actor and organizer of the charity poker tournament, Ante Up for Africa, Don Cheadle; and Canadian Actor ranked 6,476th on the All Time Money List by The Hendon Mob, James Woods.


In 2016, Vertucci took a seat at the World Series of Poker with a buy-in of $1,500. Out of 7190 entrants and with a prize pool of $9,706,500, Vertucci ranked 828th, taking home $2,532. While his performance did not put him in first place, the win meant that Vertucci’s ranking on would rise, a recognizable achievement in the poker industry.


The Hendon Mob is a group of four professional poker players from London, England, including Joe Beevers, Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, and Ram Vaswani. They derived their name from a publication in the Evening Standard from September, 2000 and have been sponsored by companies such as Prima Poker and Full Tilt Poker. They are all regular attendees of international poker tournaments and creators the, the biggest poker player database worldwide. The website has collected the results of every poker tournament in the world since 2000, indexed by location, date, and player. The site was acquired by Global poker index in 2013 and continues to provide international rankings for poker players.


As of October 30th, 2018, Nick Vertucci ranked the following:


  • All Time Money List: 108,680th (Ranking does not include reoccurring events, daily, weekly, or monthly)
  • All Time Money List Best Ranked: 8,754th (Ranking does not include reoccurring events, daily, weekly, or monthly)
  • United States All Time Money List: 53,621th (Ranking does not include reoccurring events, daily, weekly, or monthly)
  • California, USA All Time Money List: 10,199th (Ranking does not include reoccurring events, daily, weekly, or monthly)
  • Global Poker Index Ranking: 223,725th – Unlike the others, this index only dates back 3 years of play, “in qualifying tournaments with 32 or more entrants (specialty events and freerolls are not counted), using a patent-pending formula that takes into account result ages, field difficulties, and field sizes to generate live tournament player rankings.”
  • Popularity Ranking: 66,450th – These are unique hits for each player and data goes back to Januarys 1, 2008 (Ranking does not include reoccurring events, daily, weekly, or monthly)


Not only has Vertucci played along some of the highest earners in the game, but he has also attended the most competitive poker tournaments in the world. Such competitions have included: World Series of World Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tournament (WPT), Live at the Bike, and Poker After Dark.


In recent news, Nick Vertucci has been absolutely crushing Live at the Bike’s streams. Whether it be $5/$5 with a $5 ante, or $50/$100 with a $100 big blind ante, Vertucci has been seen capturing some big pots.


On October 1, 2018, commentators described Vertucci’s play as “Crushing Souls,” while later that month, live on October 17th, Vertucci was recognized as he “Goes for the Glory.” Let’s review his plays.

Nick Vertucci Crushes Souls At The Poker Table

In the $5/$5 session, the deck was undoubtedly on his side. He made two straights in two big hands – the two pots were over $15K combined. Given the low stakes, that is an insane 3,000 BB stack of chips. Even though he got lucky, Vertucci also managed to extract value very skillfully with two river over bets.


In the first hand, he made the nut 7-high straight on the turn but checked back on that street after betting the flop. This way, when he over bet the river – which was pretty much a blank since no craw came in – the line looked more like a bluff, and his opponent called with top pair bad kicker. It’s a whole other discussion why Francisco decided to limp-call a 3-bet with J7 off pre-flop.


During the same session, Vertucci got J10 off-suit – due to the excessive limping, 7 players saw the flop, our hero got top pair with a backdoor straight draw. By the river, only him and Huge Time remained in the pot. Vertucci’s straight draw got there and – unfortunately for him – Big Time made two pair. Nick over bet the pot again, which prompted his opponent to tank – during that tank, even two cards were exposed. Eventually, Big Time paid Vertucci off.


However, as a good balanced player does, Vertucci didn’t use his river over bets for value bets only. In the $50/$100 game, he pushed his whole stack in on the river with Ace high. The 3-barrel bluff did the job eventually, and Art folded his pocket Jacks – Vertucci earned $5,550 in that hand alone.


As you can see, he is no amateur in poker. His knowledge of the game and skills as a player are evident as he challenges his opponents. Vertucci displays some of the most sought-after traits of a poker champion: discipline, focus, and adaptability.


Any successful businessman or professional player can tell you that the underpinnings of achievement are not innate ability or luck, but the hard-won battles born of resilience and discipline, of flexibility and attention to detail. If his detractors, students, or clients had any doubt about the root of Vertucci’s success in the investment and education industries, then his ability to transfer those habits of mind to the world of poker should put them to rest. Vertucci has more than business advice to offer, and any ambitious individual would do well to pay attention.

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