Steve Dannenmann's Vital Stats:
Steve Dannenman was born in Brooklyn Park, Maryland and lives in Severn, MD, with his wife and child. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Baltimore and was a CPA and mortgage banker before coming in second in the 2005 World Series of Poker and winning $4,250,000. The 2005 WSOP was his first World Series.
How Did Steve Dannenmann Enter the World Series of Poker?:
A friend of Dannenman's, Jerry Ditzell, split the $10,000 entry fee with him -- each put up half of the money. After Dannenman won, they went to the cashier's cage at the Rio and split the money. According to Dannenman, they had no agreement to do so in writing, but that "it was a gentleman's agreement - implied but not spoken."
Steve Dannenmann's Losing WSOP Hand:
Dannenmann watched the flop come 4-5-6, giving him an open-ended straight draw -- but little did he know that Joseph Hachem had flopped the straight with his own hole cards, the 3-7. When an ace came on the turn, Hachem bet 2 million in chips, Dannenman raised to 5 million, Hachem re-raised all-in and Dannenmann called. The river was another 4, giving Dannenman no help and Hachem the championship.
Steve Dannenmann Trivia:
- Dannenman, slightly superstitious, wore the same shirt and visor for the entire 2005 WSOP
- He says to prepare for the tournament, he read Dan Harrington's book on Hold'em
- He knocked Mike Matusow out of the 2005 WSOP