Sailor Roberts

Bryan W. "Sailor" Roberts (March 7, 1931 – June 23, 1995)[1] was an American professional poker player.

Sailor Roberts
Sailor Roberts (center) at the 1979 World Series of Poker
Born(1931-03-07)March 7, 1931
DiedJune 23, 1995(1995-06-23) (aged 64)
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)3
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 1975

Before becoming a poker professional, Roberts was a rounder and traveled the country looking for games with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.[2] In addition to his career as a poker player, he was also a renowned contract bridge player.[3]

Roberts participated in the first World Series of Poker in 1970 along with Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Crandell Addington, and Carl Cannon.[4] Roberts won his first WSOP bracelet at the 1974 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event.[2] He won the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event, gaining his second and final WSOP bracelet and $210,000.[5]

Roberts earned his nickname "Sailor" for having served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.[2]

Roberts died on June 23, 1995, from cirrhosis caused by hepatitis.[2]

He was posthumously inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2012.[6]

World Series of Poker braceletsEdit

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1974 $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw $35,850
1975 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $210,000


  1. ^ "Bryan W Roberts". Social Security Death Index. Retrieved July 31, 2009. Bryan W Roberts 07 Mar 1931 Jun 23 1995 97223 (Portland, Washington, OR) (none specified) 543-32-2048 Oregon
  2. ^ a b c d Sailor Roberts: Poker Pioneer. Famous Poker Players.
  3. ^ World Series of Poker: A Retrospective - Early Player Bios. Center for Gaming Research.
  4. ^ "World Series of Poker: A Retrospective: 1970 Summary". UNLV. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  5. ^ “Sailor” Roberts celebrates his triumph at poker table. Ellensburg Daily Record. May 19, 1975.
  6. ^ "Eric Drache and Brian 'Sailor' Roberts To Be Inducted Into Poker Hall Of Fame - Poker News". Card Player. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

External linksEdit