Casino Figures & Poker Player Bios

The World Casino Index biography section features information and backgrounds on the most influential people in the world of gaming. From online casinos to brick and mortar moguls, our bios cover the biggest names in the industry. You may recognize many of these names from their namesakes that are featured on casinos around the world, including, but not limited to: Harrah’s, Wynn, Bob Stupak and more. There have been many different people from all walks of life that have helped to form the gaming landscape as it is today. Believe it or not, people like Frank Sinatra, members of the mob, and many others have been integral to the development of casinos in the United States.


Benny Binion
Bill Harrah
Bobby Baldwin
Jackie Gaughan
Sheldon Adelson
Steve Wynn

Beyond gaming in the US, there are many important players overseas. As gambling has grown and become more regulated, so too has the number of casinos, and in turn, the number of different players in the industry. Without the important names found in this biography section, places like Macau may never have become what they are today.

About our Biographies

Biographies from WCI focus on everything from big breaks in a career to where that individual stands today and what projects they remain involved with. One thing is for sure, getting into the casino industry is as tough as ever. Many of these important casino owners are poised to remain in control on the greater gambling landscape for decades to come.

Infamous Poker Players

Some figures in gambling are more known for their individual feats rather than their contributions or additions to gambling as a whole. Poker players like Phil Ivey have morphed into nothing less than celebrity status. Many poker players have parlayed their TV and mainstream media exposure into ad deals and partnerships that help to spread and grow gambling’s popularity. Take a look at some beer cans or beef jerky and you may be surprised to see Phil Hellmuth, a well-known poker player, featured on the packaging.

Gambling Legends

Other names in the world of gambling are best known for their larger than life auras. A particularly strong example of this type of gambler is found in Archie Karas. Known for running up a small stake into tens of millions before losing it all back, he is the sort of thing that gambling legends are made of. Then you have professional card counters who were primary reasons in the changes for how casinos treat “advantage players” today. Even still, you have true professionals like Stu Ungar who beat the best but fell victim to their demons