More Poker Related Stuff: Texas Holdem Omaha Poker Poker Rooms Poker Tournaments

Poker School

Dan Harrington Biography

Dan Harrington Biography
by Chad Holloway of

Dan Harrington was born on December 6, 1945 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before playing poker, Harrington was both a champion chess and backgammon player; in fact, he won the 1971 Massachusetts State Chess Championship and another championship in New Jersey. His backgammon career flourished until an organizer refused to pay $27,000 in championship prize money, which inspired Harrington to quit playing professionally. Harrington began playing poker while attending Suffolk University, and even played against Microsoft billionaire, then ordinary Harvard student, Bill Gates. While in college, Harrington joined a group that calculated roulette odds, which they applied at the Sands Casino in Atlantic City. They were so successful that the casino offered the group a deal if they stopped. After making out on roulette, Harrington became part of a group that did the same thing for blackjack.

During the 1980s, Harrington, a former bankruptcy attorney and real estate investor, played at the Mayfair Club with players such as Howard Lederer and Erik Seidel. In 1987, Harrington entered his first World Series of Poker Main Event and finished an impressive sixth. Two years later, Harrington left the east coast for sunny California. Harrington continued to play poker and eventually won the W.S.O.P. Main Event in 1995. Being an ever dignified and respectful player, Harrington tried to cut a deal with the remaining players at the final table. According to Barry Greenstein:

"When Dan made it to the final table of the 1995 World Series of Poker, he proposed a nine-way settlement to the other players. He explained how they would each get enough money that they could invest it and be rich. Chuck Thompson, one of the players [...], rejected the idea and told the other players that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a million dollars. One by one, as each player got knocked out, Dan tried to sell the idea, even offering investment counseling. There were no takers and eventually Dan came away with the full million."

That same year, Harrington won his second bracelet in the $2,500 no-limit hold'em event. Even with two bracelets and a Main Event world championship title, many professionals believe Harrington's greatest accomplishment came during the 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker when he survived record fields to make back-to-back final tables (finishing third in 2003 and fourth in 2004). Harrington, who often wears an iconic green Boston Red Sox cap, is known as a quiet player. In fact, Harrington even gave himself the nickname "Action Dan" to throw his opponents off his tight-aggressive game.

"Action Dan" Harrington, cousin to both professional golfer Padraig Harrington and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, has co-authored three reputable poker books with Bill Robertie: Harrington on Hold'em: Volume I: Strategic Play, Harrington on Hold'em: Volume II: The Endgame, and Harrington on Hold'em: Volume III: The Workbook. In 2007, Harrington won the World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker Main Event bringing his lifetime tournament winnings in excess of $6.3 million.


Check out all the guaranteed tournaments, SnG's, satellites and qualifiers Bovada Poker has to offer! They are truly a one stop shop for everything you could possibly need in an online poker room!

Party Poker - The PartyPoker "Monthly Milion" plays on the 1st Sunday of every month. The tourney starts at 12:45EST. (Note: Party does not accept USA players)


Bovada Poker - Sign up, deposit and get an instant 10% bonus. Get a 100% bonus up to $500 which is released as you earn points. If done right, this could equate to a 110% bonus!

Featured Articles

The Difference Between Limit and No Limit Texas Hold'em - Cash games, tournaments, no limit, pot limit, fixed limit and more. Loki breaks it down!!

Tilt - It's a classless way to play online poker, but this article is a good read if you'd like to learn how to put other players "on tilt."

Satellite Poker Tournaments - What are they? How do they work? Jason explains.


Famous Poker Players - Short bios about some of the greatest poker players ever to take a seat at the tables!

Female Poker Players - Biographies of all the best women poker players in the world.

Legends of the Game - Bio pages of legendary poker players, many of which have died and gone on to leave their mark on the poker world.

Poker Hall of Fame - Inductees along with their feats listed in chronological order.

Poker Players Alliance - This advocacy group is fighting for YOUR right to legally play online poker. Join today!

Home Poker Games - Everything you need to know about hosting your own game.

What is Rake? - This is how card rooms earn their money off of poker games. K. Swope talks about this fee in detail.

Perspectives Weekly - Check's Jay Todd each week as he brings us all the current news in the online gambling industry.

Poker Quotes - Famous and funny poker sayings from around the internet.

Famous Poker Hands - Sure, you know that "AA" is often times dubbed "bullets" or "american airlines" but what about other hands such as "JJ" and "88"? Chad tells all!

Poker Questions - Burn cards, clubs, spaces, diamonds, hearts, the deck, community cards etc. You've got a question? We've got an answer!