“The Silver Fox”
His legendary prowess in seven-card stud often causes fear among competitors across the table. Mel Judah is also a world-class hold’em player and one of the very best all-around poker pros in the business. He holds two World Series of Poker bracelets for stud, a World Poker Tour trophy for no-limit hold’em, and multiple tournament titles in Omaha.
The general poker community knows him as the Silver Fox because of his white hair and the taciturn stealth with which he gathers chips at the table. I like to call him the “Aussie Battler” because he is a hard worker who has an accomplished yet understated way about him. You never see him stand up and yell, or partake in the seemingly ritualistic modern day frenzy to attract media attention. He has consistently turned down most requests for major interviews because he prefers to keep his theories private. If you don’t know him personally or didn’t see his photo on the cover of Card Player magazine a few years ago, you might easily sit across the table from him in a tournament and make the critical error of underestimating this very dangerous and extremely accomplished opponent.
Prior to immigrating to Australia in 1981, Mel Judah was a hairdresser in England who scrimped and saved to start his own salon. Eventually, he proved that with hard work, patience, experience and knowledge, you can make your way successfully in the poker world. For the last twenty years he has supported his family exclusively by playing tournaments and side games, winning nearly $3 Million in prize money just from tournaments.
Career Tournament Earnings in Excess of $3.1 Million
Winner, World Series of Poker $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, 1989
Winner, Diamond Jim Brady Classic $1,000 Limit Hold’em, 1990
Second place, WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em, 1990
Winner, Diamond Jim Brady Classic $1,500 Limit Hold’em, 1991
Second place, WSOP $1,500 Omaha High-Low, 1991
Third place, WSOP Championship Event, 1997
Winner, WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud, 1997
Third place, WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud High-Low, 2000
Winner, WPT Legends of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, 2003
Second place, WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud, 2003
Winner, Crown Australasian $2,000 limit Omaha High-Low, 2003
Winner, L.A. Poker Classic $1,000 Stud/Omaha Hi/Lo, 2004
Winner, Mirage Poker Showdown $3,000 Pot-limit Omaha, 2005
Winner, United Kingdom Open £1,250 No-Limit Hold’em, 2007