Overview

Gary Benson is a professional poker player and sports bettor. He made his mark in Australian poker history in 1996 by becoming the first Australian in history to win an event (and gold bracelet) at the World Series of Poker. In January 2009 Gary was one of the inaugural inductees into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.

He was born in Sydney, Australia in 1957. He graduated from the University of Technology (Sydney) in 1983 with a Bachelor of Business and was admitted as a chartered accountant in 1985. Gary quickly ascended the ladder, becoming a partner at the well respected national accounting firm Grant Thornton in 1989. He held this position until 1995, at which time, he left the accounting profession to pursue a career in the world of sports betting and high stakes poker.

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