Michael W. Binger
(born December 20, 1976 in Delray Beach
) is a part-time professional poker
player, based in Atherton
. He has a brother, Nick Binger, who also has several high-profile tournament cashes.
Binger graduated from North Carolina State University
before receiving a Ph.D.
in theoretical physics
from Stanford University
in 2006. Just two months after receiving his PhD, he outlasted almost 8,800 players in the 2006 World Series of Poker
(WSOP) $10,000 No limit Texas Hold'em
Main Event, finishing third and earning $4,123,310. Binger had reached a final table earlier in that year's WSOP, finishing sixth.
Since the 2006 WSOP, Binger has finished in the money of six World Poker Tour
events. At the 2007 WSOP
, Binger tied Phil Hellmuth
and Humberto Brenes
for second most cashes of any player in a single World Series of Poker
season with eight. This included a final table appearance in Event 22
a $5,000 buy-in No limit Texas Hold'em tournament (finishing 3rd) won by James Mackey
In November, Binger won the 2008 WSOP Circuit Event
- Lake Tahoe, $5,150 Championship, earning $181,379
As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,500,000, most of which ($4,897,162) have come at the WSOP.