The World Series of Poker released the list of candidates for the 2013 Poker Hall of Fame Class on September 25, and over the course of 10 days BLUFF will make the case for each of the nominees on the 2013 HOF ballot. This series continues with the case for the induction of Chris Bjorin.
Poker is an inherently swingy game. Even the best players in the world will have a down year every now and then as variance swings in the wrong direction, and consistency is hard to find. Despite the peaks and valleys of the game, few players have done as consistently well as Bjorin has; the last time he didn’t win at least $110,000 in a given year was 1999.
Bjorin’s total career tournament earnings come in at around $5 million, with $2.4 million of that coming at the WSOP. He won his first career WSOP bracelet in 1997, taking down a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for $169,200. Bjorin’s second bracelet came in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event in 2000, beating out the likes of David Pham and soon-to-be World Champion Carlos Mortensen. He just missed out on a third WSOP win in 2012, finishing second to Cory Zeidman in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. It was Bjorin’s third career runner-up finish at the WSOP, one of two WSOP final tables for the Swede in 2012 and one of four WSOP final tables he’d make in a two-year stretch.
Since Bjorin started playing at the WSOP back in 1991, Bjorin’s made 28 total final tables at the WSOP. He’s fifth all-time in WSOP cashes with 68 and fifth in WSOP Main Event cashes with seven. Bjorin’s six WSOP Europe cashes are the most of any player, and he made the final table in four of those six events. He’s the most successful Swedish tournament player of all time, with the most earnings and the most cashes of any player from his home country.
At the height of the poker boom Bjorin won the two biggest Seniors events ever held outside of the WSOP, back-to-back. He earned $174,880 for his victory in the FiveStar World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in April of 2006 and returned in December of that year to win the Seniors event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $152,445. He’d also finish second in another Bellagio Seniors event in 2008.
Bjorin’s been an absolute model of consistency at the age of 65, and he shows little sign of slowing down. He continues to play tournaments all around the world, more than hanging in there with the young kids and beating up on the seniors. His Pot Limit Omaha game is unquestioned, and Bjorin will likely be doing damage in tournaments well into his 70s.
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