TEAM5 was created as the brainchild of an individual that has been involved in many aspects of the Las Vegas poker scene for the past five years – Johnny Rags. His passion for poker and a fervent desire to see poker players achieve a high level of success. T5 is all about enhancing the overall poker player experience and achieving success in a more robust and professional manner.
Johnny Rags aka Mr. Final Table
After arriving in Las Vegas in early 2006 with a number of years of online and live action play at mostly Indian Casinos under his belt, Johnny Rags had aspirations of experiencing a higher level of play. After making the final table at Binion’s 10K guarantee tournaments and televised UPC events with uncanny frequency, ‘Johnny Rags‘ was tagged with the moniker Mr. Final Table by the tournament director. Johnny Rags thereafter teamed with another successful player downtown and hired a professional poker coach. Their shared goal was to take their game to the next level by moving it uptown.
Twelve weeks after hiring the professional poker coach, Johnny Rags and his partner Petriz moved their game to the Wynn, Venetian, Mirage, and Bellagio and met with remarkable success. Petriz won a Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza tournament event and became the Black Sea Champion in rapid succession; while Johnny Rags won the Binion’s Classic 6-handed event and then cashed and final tabled the 2007 Oklahoma Johnny Hale 76th Birthday event held at the Venetian. Together they teamed for a remarkable run at the cash tables with a modest daily target of a rack of red.
Thereafter, Johnny Rags graduated dealer school at Tony Shelton’s Dealing School and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) with an AS Degree in Casino Management. He has worked as a cash and tournament poker dealer at the WSOP, Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza (Las Vegas Strip), and both Binion’s and Fitzgerald’s (Fremont Street).
Johnny Rags formed T5 to pursue a passion of advancing the profession of the professional poker player; and to assist you in achieving a high level of success in your chosen career as a respected professional poker player.
‘Together as a team, we can achieve great things.‘ – Johnny Rags
‘Solo players play poker — teams win the bracelets.’ – Johnny Rags
‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic to it.’ – Johann Wolfgang Von Geothe
‘Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage.’ – Robert Louis Stevenson
‘Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.’ – T.S. Eliot
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