The Involvement of Captain Tom Franklin in the Poker World

It has been approximately thirty years since the first time that Captain Tom Franklin penetrated the world of professional poker. It was in the 1970s when he started to play the game professionally but it was only in 1990 when he cashed in the money for the first time. And then nine years later, he earned a World Series of Poker bracelet for the first time.

Born in Fresno, California on October 23, 1950, Tom Franklin finished in twenty fourth place on May 14, 1990 when he cashed in the money in a US$10,000 No Limit Hold'em game that formed part of the 21st Annual World Series of Poker. The game was a championship event and he won US$10,000.

At the 23rd Annual World Series of Poker, Tom Franklin cashed in the money once again but this time, it was in a Limit Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event. He finished in fourteenth place and took home US$2,625.

In June 1992, Tom Franklin experienced money finishes in three events of the L.A. Poker Classic, namely, the Hold'em and Seven Card Stud game, the No Limit Hold'em game, and the Limit Hold'em game. The cash prizes he received were US$1,028, US$847, and US$15,675, respectively.

Tom Franklin tried his luck in more World Series of Poker events. He was a contestant in 1994, 1995 and 1996, but he did not earn more than several money finishes. However, it was in 1999 when he earned more than a money finish. On May 3, 1999, Tom Franklin won first place at the 30th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament. Aside from the US$104,000 cash prize that he won in a US$2,500 Limit Omaha game, he also got a WSOP bracelet.

The next closest victory that Tom Franklin experienced after winning a bracelet was at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic that was held on December 8, 2005. He won in the tenth event, which was a No Limit Hold'em game, placed first and received US$434,025.

In between his WSOP victory and his Bellagio victory were money finishes from different tournaments. Aside from WSOP tournaments, Tom Franklin also had money and table finishes from the Poker Million Hold'em Tournament, the U.S. Poker Championship, the Jack Binion World Poker Open, the Tunica Classic, the L.A. Poker Classic, the Hall of Fame Poker Classic, the Festa al Lago tournament, the Hold'em at the Horseshoe tournament, the Mirage Poker Showdown, and the Scotty Nguyen Championship.

And after his Bellagio victory in 2005, Tom Franklin has continued to be active in the poker tournament circuit. He has continued to be successful, achieving several money and table finishes. He also placed first in an event of the IP Poker Classic in 2007.

Tom Franklin admires Scotty Nguyen most among all other poker giants. And when he is not playing poker, he likes to play drums, sing, and play golf.