Stamatis A. "Sam" Mastrogiannis ventures in poker have been rewarding for him

Poker poses tough challenges that require players to play with shrewdness and strategic predictions.

There have been various tournaments that are hosted at the global level; however, not all countries have succeeded in producing excellent players at these significant events. Normally, these games are won by Americans though Canadians and Britons have equally catapulted their nationals to the top-echelon of poker. Stamatis A. "Sam" Mastrogiannis is a Greek-American whiz poker player who has managed to clinch bracelets twice at the World Series of Poker circuits (WSOP).

WSOP Main Events have played a significant role in advancing poker at the international plane. Undoubtedly, players like Stamatis who have minted accolades at the WSOP, WPT, Irish Poker Open and the EPT are always inclined to gain global prominence and plethora earnings.

Mastrogiannis milestones in the poker industry date back in 1979 when he ventured into the World Series of Poker $1,000 Razz where he grasped his initial bracelet alongside $22,200. His resurgence in the Main Event came in 1986 when he played at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud to win another bracelet while taking home $80,000. At that era, the WSOP was developing sluggishly; there were not as many entrants as today’s tournaments. However, his performances at the events among the toughest gurus of that time show how the event provided leeway for players to shine overseas. He was also the winner of the Seven-Card Stud Event at the Slim Super Bowl of Poker, 1982. In a nutshell, Stamatis played as a cash game contestant, making a killing whenever the golden opportunity presented itself. His resume is an intriguing news piece in the poker industry.

Mastrogiannis has amassed over $145,000 in live tournaments, this includes events he played between 1970 and late 1980s, if he was to play today, he would be propelled to eminence in a day.