Aaron Bartley is widely regarded as one of the world’s best professional poker players – not because he was won any World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets, or World Poker Tour (WPT) Titles, or any live poker events for that matter, but because his name has consistently come up in the prize pool at major poker events, especially in the WSOP, since his start in 2005. In this little time, Aaron Bartley has earned himself $215,577.
Born in 1983, Aaron Bartley hails from Cary, North Carolina, where he grew up in a family of fanatical card players. Many an evening was spent around the table playing various card games like Spades, Hearts, Canasta, Bridge, Gin and Sheepshead. Bartley was introduced to the game of poker at a very early age, and was instantly hooked on the game.
Aaron began honing his competitive poker skills on his computer at online poker rooms. This choice paid off enormously for Aaron when he won a satellite competition that saw him seated in his first live event competition at the 2005 WSOP Circuit Event in Atlantic City. Success came quickly for Aaron, as this became his first professional poker cash, his largest current cash to date, and the start of an interesting professional poker career that includes an honorable Team Full Tilt membership, alongside some of the most successful and influential poker pros in the industry.
Aaron Bartley and the WSOP
Aaron Bartley’s very first major, live poker tournament was experienced at the 2005 World Series Of Poker Circuit Event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bartley won his seat at the WSOP table by triumphing over the field in an online poker satellite tournament. Aaron whittled his way through the competition, earning himself a 5th position cash on January 18 in the 2006 WSOP Circuit Main Event, No Limit Holdem, worth $141,930.
Aaron Bartley instantly gained fame with this massive cash. Seeming to come out of nowhere, Aaron was suddenly considered to be a real contender in the upcoming WSOP championship. As expected, this would not be his last ‘in the money’ appearance at WSOP events, but the $141,930 still stands as Aaron Bartley’s largest single-cash prize winning in a major poker event.
The next year, Aaron Bartley entered the 2006 WSOP Circuit Event at Caesars Las Vegas Poker Tournament. The No Limit Holdem competition saw Bartley finish in 10th place for a small cash of $584 on May 3, 2006. Just one month later, Aaron was seated at Harrahs Casino in Las Vegas for WSOP Event #4, Limit Holdem, where he earned his way into the prize pool again for an 18th place cash of $11,663.
The 2006 WSOP had not seen the last of Aaron Bartley just yet. He earned a 10th place finish in Event #29, Pot Limit Holdem, earning another $14,219 on July 19th. At the 2006 WSOP Finals, Event #39 No Limit Holdem Championship, Aaron managed to work his way into the 137th position, far enough into the tournament to cash, pocketing his second largest single-cash winnings of $47,006.
Aaron Bartley’s Other Achievements
On June 23, 2007, Aaron Barley entered the 1st Annual Binions Poker Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. Playing a mix of Limit and No Limit Holdem, Bartley finished in 19th place for a whopping $175 cash prize – his most recent to date.
Aaron Bartley has cashed a total of 6 times in his 3-year career as a professional poker player, earning a total of $215,577. His style of play has been criticized for being entirely too loose to be a professional poker player, but with many years ahead of him, Aaron Bartley could easily become one of the top ranked poker pros as he continues to build a foundation of experience in the industry.
Aaron Bartley and Team Full Tilt
Aaron Bartley is a member of Team Full Tilt, a remarkable group of professional poker players who can be found playing poker online exclusively at one of the most popular poker sites in the world, Full Tilt Poker. Aaron Bartley finds himself honorably grouped among other members of Team Full Tilt that include such legendary poker players as Gus Hansen, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Clonie Gowen, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow and many more.
Aaron Bartley Outside of Poker
When Aaron Bartley isn’t honing his skills at live poker tournaments, or playing online at Full Tilt Poker, he enjoys listening to various genres of music, going to the movies and reading books, especially biographies. Aaron Bartley currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.