Chris Ferguson is unusual amongst top flight poker players in
that poker isn’t his primary focus in life. His “day job” is as a
researcher and he has worked for the California State lottery and the
Bureau of the Census among others and he plans to eventually work on
Wall Street, either trading or analyzing stocks.
Chris has a
strong interest in computer technology and has used this to analyze
various aspects of poker play and improve his game at the tables. As the
son of a father who teaches games theory and statistics at UCLA and a
mathematician mother, it was perhaps inevitable that Chris Ferguson
should develop into a top poker player.
He was an early starter at
poker and used to play his friends at age 10, then later cleaning up at
college, but didn’t start playing seriously until 1994.
long hair and beard Chris “Jesus” Ferguson looks an imposing figure
although the real Ferguson is quiet and studious by nature.
poker achievements have included six appearances at the WSOP final
table, although he has been disappointed so far not to have finished in
the top three so far. He’s also won the Legends of Poker as well as many
other smaller tournaments.
Chris cites Full Tilt Poker
stablemates Phil Ivey
and Howard Lederer
as the players he admires most in the game today, although he says he
fears no one at the tables. His attitude is that everyone has a distinct
playing style and once he can figure it out he can beat them.
Ferguson has another side to him away from the poker tables that some
people would find surprising – he is an avid dancer. He concentrates
mainly on a dance known as the West Coast swing but does all the
ballroom dances – waltz, tango, foxtrot and mambo and ran the UCLA dance
club for three years.