Greg Raymer is a professional poker player, sometimes known as "Fossilman". He traditionally wears opaque holographic sunglasses during tournament play. He is most famous for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker main event.
Raymer moved around as a child, and grew up in a variety of different places. He went to school at the University of Missouri-Rolla, majoring in chemistry. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He would eventually graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992 and moved to practice law for around 10 years for the large corporation Pfizer.
Nicknamed "Fossilman", he has been known to collect fossils, and utilizes a small fossil as a card protector when playing poker. Early in his career he would sometimes supplement his bankroll by literally selling fossils to players at his table.
Greg Raymer finished first in money at the World Series of Poker event during 2001 at the Omaha hi-lo split 8 or better event, even though he didn't win. At the 2004 World Series of Poker, Fossilman Greg Raymer
defeated David Williams
at the final table to win the 5 million dollar first prize in the $10,000 no limit Texas hold'em. One year later as the champion, he finished 25th earning $304,680 in the process. It is important to note that no player
since Johnny Chan
even came close to repeating as a World Series champion.
In 2005 Raymer entered the first British Poker Open and was filmed in London in what was the biggest live poker event in history. As a major favorite, he made the final table and came third in a live final, collecting 20 thousand pounds in the process.
Two years later, Raymer won the $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys Event via PokerStars, in the process gaining another $168,362. In 2009 at the World Series of Poker $40,000 No Limit hold'em event, he placed third overall and cashed in around $774,927 in the process. To date, Greg Raymer's live winnings have exceeded 6.8 million dollars, most of them coming with money at the World Series of Poker tournament events.
It's interesting to note that Greg Raymer continually lobbies extensively to have poker regulated. He once considered running for Vice President of the United States in 2008, but didn't end up running. In 2004 the two men attempted to rob Raymer at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas
after playing a cash game, he was able to hold them off and escaped unharmed, and unscathed.