This young, charismatic tournament and online-savvy player is a force to be reckoned with. In 2004 alone, David won $3.5 Million for his Runner Up Finish at the WSOP Main Event and $573,000 for his Runner Up Finish at the WPT.
Coming from a college background including Princeton and Southern Methodist University, David is an active World Poker Tour Professional, Professional Poker Tour Participant, and Card Player Magazine cover story.
Before poker, David, now 25 years old, was an avid “Magic” player, a game that is only played one-on-one. Within the last year, David Williams has truly established himself as an important part of the professional poker tour landscape. With Two Second Place finishes in key tournaments, the Borgata Poker Open and the World Series of Poker “No Limit Hold'em Poker Championship, David proves his tournament mettle. David is one of the World Poker Tour's “Young Guns” and has been featured in Playboy and ALL IN Magazines as the Future of Poker.
Williams was mentored in poker by “The Flying Dutchman” Marcel Luske, with whom they both had a mutual friend in Holland, Noah Boeken.Williams's poker success was capped at the 2004 World Series of Poker. He qualified through an online poker site and made it to the finals of the main event, ultimately finishing second to Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, but still winning $3.5 million for the runner-up prize, the highest by an African American in a WSOP Main Event, besting Phil Ivey's 10th place finish a year earlier.
Four months later, he finished second at the Borgata Open World Poker Tour where he collected $573,800. David Williams was accepted into the Team Bodog after his exceptional performance at the 2004 World Series of Poker, where he enjoys the company of other high profile poker players such as Josh Arieh.
In March 2006, Williams made a second WPT final table, finishing 4th for $280,000.As of 2006, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,600,000.Even though there is more money that can be made in professional poker than in professional Magic, Williams has said he will continue to play both games,although poker will take precedence.
Like many who play both, he has asserted that the two are for different purposes:he plays Magic to have fun, and poker to make money.