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Billy "The Croc" Argyros

 

Career Earnings: ~US$1.45 million
Aussie Millions Gold Rings: 2
APPT Titles: 1
WSOP Final Tables: 3
ANZPT Final Tables: 3

Billy "The Croc" Argyros is easily one of the most colorful personalities in all of poker. Known for his enthusiastic crocodile attire and friendly demeanor, Argyros has been a fixture in the Australian poker world for over 25 years.

Argyros took up the game in the 1980's, long before the invention of online poker. He started his playing career by getting fleeced in a buddy's home game. Despite losing all his money, he caught the poker bug and soon began working to improve his game.

Argyros began playing at the low-limit tables in Melbourne casinos and slowly worked his way up. By the late 1980's, he started competing in tournaments in Las Vegas. He saw moderate success and spent the next few years making a name for himself in the region.

It was during his early days in Vegas that Argyros picked up the nickname "The Croc". According to legend, Argyros was playing against the late Johnny Moss in a WSOP Main Event satellite where the rail chirped that he was “Crocodile Dundee from Australia". Moss began calling him "The Croc" and the nickname stuck.

Billy "The Croc" ArgyrosFor the first decade or so of his tournament career, Argyros experienced moderate success but had failed to score in any major events. In 2002, he made his first WSOP final table in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event, but ultimately finished sixth in the event.

Argyros’ best year in terms of earnings was in 2008. He kicked off the year by winning the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event at Aussie Millions earning $70,322, and in April, he finished sixth in an EPT San Remo preliminary event for an additional $55,548.

In June of 2008, Argyros earned the largest score of his career at the 2008 World Series of Poker. He made his second career WSOP final table in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship, ultimately finishing fourth in the event and earning $268,605.

Such was Argyros’ star power as an ambassador and promoter of the game, he received several online sponsorship deals during his career including Full Tilt Poker and the now defunct T6 Poker.

After a couple of quieter years, “The Croc” caught fire again in 2013. After posting final tables at the Aussie Millions and the WSOP Asia-Pacific, he cashed five times in the Macau Poker Cup.

In September of 2013, he posted his first victory since 2009 at the APPT Melbourne earning $121,264. He closed out the year with a pair of cashes in the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau, including a 4th place finish in the Warm-Up event.

Billy "The Croc" Argyros

Argyros continued dominating in 2014. He earned his third career six-figure score at the APPT Macau after finishing third in the Main Event. That finish earned him $121,251. At the time of writing, Argyros held over US$1.45 million in career earnings and was 15th on Australia's all-time money list.

Argyros’ contributions to poker extend well beyond the felt as he is one of the country’s great poker ambassadors. He has written many columns for books, magazines and websites and appeared on the television show Australian Celebrity Poker Challenge as an expert commentator.

Argyros remains one of the elite players in the country and was selected for induction into the inaugural Australian Poker Hall of Fame class of 2009.

Billy "The Croc" Arygros Career Highlights

Date

Venue

Event

Place

Prize

29-06-2008

2008 World Series of Poker

$10,000 PL Omaha World Championship

4th

$268,605

05-09-2013

APPT Melbourne

$3,000 APPT Melbourne Main Event

1st

$121,264

21-05-2014

APPT Macau

HK$25,000 Main Event

3rd

$121,251

20-08-2005

Crown Victorian Poker Championships

$20,000 NL Hold'em

2nd

$96,812

23-10-2013

2013 Asia Championship of Poker - Macau

HK$25,000 ACOP Warm-Up

4th

$70,540