The professional poker player Mel Judah has an interesting story to tell. He was born in Calcutta to a father who lovingly taught him about card games. He didn’t automatically gravitate towards poker as a career, but instead made a name for himself as a hairdresser.
Mel Judah wasn’t your average hairdresser, just as he isn’t your average card player. He was working as part of Vidal Sassoon’s styling team in London in the 1970’s, beautifying Hollywood stars and the pin ups of the day. This was an important industry, and one that he was at the heart of during a vital era. The fact that he eventually moved to poker says a lot about his talent for that game. Success at the lower levels convinced this star player that he had what it takes to go all the way in the game, and he’s realized his dreams by winning two gold WSOP bracelets.
WSOP bracelet wins have to be the pinnacle of a professional poker player’s career, and Mel Judah has two under his belt. His wins came relatively far apart, a fact that reflects his staying power within the game. His first gold bracelet win was way back in 1989, when he found glory as victor of the $1.5K Seven Card Stud event to win $130,800. He won his second gold bracelet in 1997, when he came top in the $5K Seven Card Stud event to win a substantial $176K.
Since Mel’s still very active in the game, and because his light shows no signs of fading, it may only be a matter of time before he wins a third. He may attend less tournaments these days, but that’s not because he lacks confidence in his ability to do well. He’s happy to reside in London and to enjoy the rewards of his hard work in the game. He’s lived in Australia, India and the U.K. and all over the world fans of poker know his name.