The Magic of Kevin Gerhart

The Magic of Kevin Gerhart

May 13, 2022
Player Interviews

CardsChat Podcast host Robbie Strazynski talks with four-time WSOP bracelet winner and one of the best mixed-games players in the world, Kevin Gerhart.  

Kevin Gerhart

Kevin Gerhart is this week’s guest on “the friendliest podcast in town.” (Image: WSOP)

Gerhart had an extraordinary performance at last year’s WSOP, where he doubled the number of bracelets he won and nearly tripled his tournament winnings to $1.2 million. All his bracelets came in mixed-games — Razz, PLO, PLO8 and HORSE.

And just to think, it was only a handful of years since he thought winning $100 playing $2-4 limit at Caesars was a good day (which, of course, it is). 

Is it fair to call it a breakout year for the pro who grew up in Akron, Ohio? Absolutely, Gerhart tells Strazynski, as he describes how he got started playing $5 poker in middle school after Chris Moneymaker came along.

But it was never about poker glory for Gerhart. He uses poker as an avoidance tactic: Avoiding the 9-to-5 grind. 

“Freedom has always been my number-one goal,” Gerhart says. “I never want to wake up to an alarm clock, I don’t want to have a boss, except my girlfriend, I don’t want to be on a certain schedule, I just want to live life to its fullest and enjoy every moment without having to worry about where the next paycheck is coming from.”

Gerhart comes from a card and game playing family, with someone always dealing euchre or canasta, and he even travelled the country playing “Magic: The Gathering” as a teenager.  

“It’s always been in my blood to play games and cards,” he says.

In those “Magic” events, he played against the top-ranked players in the world. It didn’t phase him then, and it doesn’t phase him now. Instead, he feeds his game off the experience he gains from playing against the best.

“I really do look up to a lot of these players and if I can soak up and little bit of information just to get better, that’s what I do,” he says.

As is standard on “the friendliest poker podcast in town,” Gerhart answered questions from CardsChat forum members. Visit the thread to find out who will be Robbie’s next guest, and to submit questions.


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Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn’t like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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