Artie Cobb hails from New York and it was here that he began playing poker before moving to Las Vegas to try his hand in the big games in 1976. After moving to Vegas, Cobb spent the first six years there trying to improve his game before he hit the tournament circuit. He was regularly seen at the high stakes tables during these six years before he felt ready to try out in the tournaments.
Since hitting the tournament circuit, Cobb has won four World Series of Poker bracelets. His first one came in 1983 in the $1000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split. All four of his bracelets were won in Seven Card Stud events. His second WSOP bracelet was won in the $5000 Seven Card Stud event in 1987. Four years later he picked up his third bracelet in the $1500 Seven Card Stud and in 1998 he won his fourth bracelet this time in the $2500 Seven Card Stud event.
He has cashed 29 times at the World Series of Poker, three of which were in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event in 1986, 1987, and 1990. He has an impressive record of finishing at the final table in WSOP events eleven times. To date his tournament winnings are estimated at over one and a half million dollars of which almost $900,000 has been won at the World Series of Poker.
Artie can still be found at some of the big tournaments but he also spends quite a bit of time playing poker online. He has stated that his success is down to the fact that he spends time reading his opponents and knowing how to address his own weaknesses and to spot his own strengths. He is called the ‘Mad Hatter of Poker’.