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Chip Reese's Estate Up for Auction

Chip_reese_home_for_sale This past weekend, an auction was held for Chip Reese's estate.

Reese's house has been on the market for about a year with an asking price around $6M. But now the house and the valuables inside it are going up for auction. The big rumor going around today is that a casino magnate wants to buy the house, tear it down, and build a bigger house. Makes sense. That's what casino magnate kind of do.

While the estate is asking $6M for the house, most we've spoken with think it'll go for something closer to $3.5-4.5M.

View the auction info site here.

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Chip Reese: Tributes from Doyle, Todd and Gus

Chip Reese died at age 56Adulation for Chip Reese, who died in his sleep at the age of 56 after succumbing to a sudden case of pneumonia, continues to pour in from the poker community.

Doyle and Todd Brunson (through Lara Miller, PR for Card Player) and Gus Hansen have all weighed in.

Said Doyle Brunson:

“I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends today. He was one of the most unique individuals I have ever known and poker has lost one of the greats today.”

Said Todd Brunson:

“I have lost a mentor and friend today. He was like a family member to me.”

Read Gus Hansen's poignant tribute after the jump below. Or read their statements on 2+2 here and here.

Finally, read Chip's high school alumni website (Centerville, class of '69), where Chip's sister confirms he died from pneumonia, here.

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T.J. Cloutier: Chip Reese Was The Greatest

At a WPT Boot Camp in the Bahamas earlier today, T.J. Cloutier broke the news of Chip Reese's death to the attendees. Cloutier said that Chip "never said a bad word about anybody" and that Reese was the "greatest poker player that ever lived."

Watch the clip below or here.

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BREAKING NEWS: Chip Reese Dead

Chip Reese died today at the age of 56Rumors are circulating among pros and people in the industry that poker legend Chip Reese passed away this morning.

Reese, 56, was regarded as the best all-around player in the game since he broke into the poker scene in the mid-70's. A noted high-stakes player, Reese also won three WSOP bracelets, including the inaugural $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2006 WSOP. Reese was the youngest living player to be admitted to the Poker Hall of Fame.

UPDATE 1: Receiving more and more confirmations from insiders that Reese passed away in his sleep. Chip had not been feeling well lately, (supposedly with flu symptoms or pneumonia) but had not been able to pin-point the exact reason why. The story also just made 2+2 and Full Contact Poker.

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Archie Karas Lost A Lot of Money

Among Vegas gambling lore, there's no greater figure than Archie Karas.

Jack Binion once said he never met anyone with more gamble in him than Archie Karas. And he should know. During a span from around 1993-95, Karas reportedly went up as much as $22-45 million at Binion's playing craps and poker. Karas won millions off Chip Reese...and blown millions back rolling dice.

We caught up with Karas recently to talk poker. Watch the latest webisode of The TOKE below. And after the jump, watch a The TOKE recap of the Shawn Sheikhan immigration battle.

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Chip Reese is the Greatest Poker Player Ever in the History of the World

Ok, maybe we're overstating "things" in the headline there, but for well over 20 years, Chip Reese has been recognized by his peers as one of the--if not the--best poker player in the game.

While we'd be about as apt to play a hand in a cash game against Chip as we would be apt to wrestle a full-grown grizzly bear (ie, not very apt to), Reese has never really had that "signature" win or recognition point with John Q. Public, mostly because he doesn't play many tournaments.

Chip Reese WSOP poker playerBut in a field of poker's elite, Reese came through, winning the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event after out-dueling Andy Bloch for a WSOP record breaking seven hour heads-up battle. For the win, Chip banks $1,716,000 and his third bracelet.

This one meant a lot to Reese, who told Card Player magazine, "It was important to me, cause all my friends wanted to win it too. We all talked about it for a long time."

The rest of the final table payouts were: 2) Andy Bloch - $1,029,600, 3) Phil Ivey- $617,760, 4) Jim Bechtel - $549,120, 5) T.J. Cloutier - $480,480, 6) David Singer - $411,840, 7) Dewey Tomko - $343,200, 8) Doyle Brunson - $274,560, 9) Patrik Antonius - $205,920.

* Image from Card Player.

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