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Poker Player Profile: Greg "FBT" Mueller

Poker News - August 2nd, 2009 - Written by Bruce

At a menacing 6'5, Greg "FBT" Mueller is quite an imposing figure to see sitting across from you at the poker table. The former professional hockey player is coming off a fantastic showing at this year's World Series of Poker. His 2009 World Series got off to a great start when he finished seventh in the $10k buy in Seven Card Stud event. Then two weeks later he defeated a very difficult field in the $10k buy in Limit Hold'em event for his first career world series bracelet. The hard fought victory won him a massive $460,841 and solidified himself as one of the world's elite limit hold'em players. These two showings guaranteed Mueller a very successful world series, but what he accomplished two weeks later solidified himself as a world class player.

When Mueller won his first bracelet he proved that he is an amazing limit hold'em player by defeating such a difficult field of players. The following week Mueller signed up for the $1500 buy in Limit Hold'em shootout event. Remarkably when the dust cleared Mueller once again outlasted all of his opponents and claimed his second bracelet of this year's world series. The win came only eleven days after winning his other bracelet. Two bracelets in such a short period of time was an incredibly impressive achievement yet Mueller managed to win both in Limit Hold'em events. Winning two Limit Hold'em events back to back like that showed that Greg Mueller is without a question one of the best limit hold'em players in the world. WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack commented on Mueller's achievement by saying, "Now there is no question that Greg Mueller is the top limit hold'em tournament player in the world."

Greg Mueller grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and not surprisingly was brought up as a huge hockey fan. After graduated from high school he went straight into professional hockey signing with a German team. He played professionally for nine years in Germany before retiring from hockey. Over his hockey playing years he picked up the game of poker and found some success. A big breakthrough for him came in 2003 when he had two cashes and one final table appearance at the LA Poker Classic. Then two years later he cashed four times at the 2005 World Series of Poker solidifying himself as a top notch poker player. He is commonly called by his nickname, FBT, which references his tendency to go on tilt mainly off of the felt. No matter what his nickname may say about him, his accomplishments at this year's world series show that Mueller is a world class poker player that will be around for years to come.

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