Alan Goehring: A World Poker Tour Title Holder

Alan Goehring started to be recognized as a poker professional when he attended the 1997 World Series of Poker, joined the US$3,000 No Limit Hold'em event, and finished third. He was still a beginning player in the world of professional poker but he already surprised the poker public with such victory. Aside from his prize money of US$1,845, he also had the chance to play against poker professionals Donnacha O'Dea, Dan Harrington, Kathy Liebert, and Chris Ferguson, which Alan Goehring considered as the greatest prize of all.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 21, 1963, Alan Goehring's first time to almost win first place was in 1999 when he competed in the World Series of Poker's US$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event, wherein he became a runner up to poker player Noel Furlong. Aside from that almost-first-place win, he went on participating in other major poker games wherein he ended up as a second placer most of the time. Because of such victories, there was a point in time when he was described by "Card Player Magazine" as a poker player who could not win first prize. He was even compared to a bridesmaid because of the adage stating that "Once a bridesmaid, always a bridesmaid." In his case, he is always a second placer in the professional poker world.

We don't really know how Alan Goehring reacted to such description. But we were sure that he never lost hope that he would soon achieve first prize victories. And true enough, in 2003, he earned a World Poker Tour title when he succeeded in his participation in the US$25,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship game that was held at the Bellagio, a casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He succeeded in defeating poker player Kirril Gerasimov. The other poker players who participated in the game were Ted Forrest, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Ivey. The grand prize received by Alan Goehring totaled to US$1,011,886.

Alan Goehring participated in more major events between 2004 and 2005 but only made money finishes. Some poker enthusiasts commented that he went back to being a second placer. But then again, Alan Goehring did not seem to have the time to bother himself with such rumors. He just did his thing and continued to play his favorite casino game.

Until February 21, 2006 came. It was the day that Alan Goehring earned his second World Poker Tour title. It was the championship game of No Limit Hold'em and was featured as one of the events at the Los Angeles Poker Classic. He just could not believe his luck when he received the grand prize of US$2,391,550.

Perhaps, the reason for Alan Goehring's success is not only his poker skills but also his ability to stay positive all throughout his career in the poker industry.