On Friday, Feb. 22, some of the top poker players in the country will belly-up to the Normandie Casino in Southern California for a tribute and "roast" of veteran poker pro Robert "Chip Burner" Turner.
Emceeing the event will be Mike Sexton, the "Ambassador of Poker" and TV commentator for the World Poker Tour. Joining him in the good-natured lambasting will be Mike Caro, Phyllis Caro, Linda Johnson, Marsha Waggoner, Barbara Enright and Suzie Isaacs. The latter four were newly-anointed into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
Other stars to shine that night will be David Pham (2007 Player of the Year), Doyle Brunson, Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Yosh Nakano, Dr. Jerry Buss, Frank Mariani, Ted Forrest, Danny Robison, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Stan Sludikoff, Lou Krieger (author of 11 poker books), John "The Scientist" Hayes, and George "The Engineer" Epstein.
"It is indeed a special occasion and a history-making event when the poker world takes the time to recognize one of its renowned pioneers and leaders," Epstein said. "Robert has earned the respect and admiration of the Poker World through both his skill and character, and he’s served as a positive role model and mentor for many entering the world of poker, both young and old."
Turner began playing poker 35 years ago and is responsible for introducing the game of Omaha in 1983 when he worked at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas. In the World Series of Poker, he finished in the money 28 times, including the final table in 1994.
He has won the Best All-Around Poker Player Championship in four consecutive decades and finished in the money in a World Poker Tour event.
In 2002, he won the H.O.E. event at the Legends of Poker, proving his expertise in a wide variety of games. Last year he was one of the organizers, in collaboration with the Caros and George Epstein, of the inaugural California Poker Players Conference held at the Hollywood Park Casino.
To date, his total live tournament winnings are well over $2,000,000. Turner is married to another tournament player, Charity Turner, with whom he has three children. He once joked that all of his winnings "go to Charity."
Turner also has a daughter from a previous marriage, Tammy. The whole family will be on hand to also celebrate Turner’s 60th birthday.