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Updated: April 25, 2024

Dan Harrington: Dan nicknamed himself

Dan Harrington was born on December 6 of 1945 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a pro poker player. He is known for his victory in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in 1995.

Dan’s earnings include two WSOP bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and over six million dollars in tournament cashes in his career with poker. He is an inductee of the Poker Hall of Fame.

“Action Dan” is a self-chosen nickname by Harrington! His gameplay is tight and conservative. He is known to be a crafty player.

A little about him from the early days

Earlier Harrington was a U.S. chess master and former champion backgammon player.
For many years he worked as a bankruptcy lawyer. Interestingly he played poker against Bill Gates while Gates was at Harvard. His early poker experiences come from the mid-1980s Mayfair Club. There he played with Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, and Steve Zolotow.

Dan Harrington is a co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of Anchor Loans. Harrington’s first cash-in was at the World Series of Poker in 1986. The very next year, Harrington made it to the Main Event, the final table of the WSOP.  He finished in sixth place in the event. That event was won by Jonny Chan.

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