In a space of a week, the poker community has lost 2 professional poker players. Thor Hansen led the way and on Dec 6, Michael Meehan, popularly known as Minneapolis Jim, also passed away. He was 66 years old at the time of his passing.
He is survived by 6 sons. His memory will definitely last forever in the poker community.
Before becoming a poker Titan, Meehan was a lawyer for 20 years. He was born in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He ventured into poker in the ’60s.
Michael Meehan Poker Career
Even though he started playing in the ’60s, his big break only came in 2003. However, even before the poker boom, he had participated in several WSOP events. For instance, he lost the final table to Louis Asmo in WSOP Event #13: $3,000 Limit Hold’em in 1997. He won $115,800. In addition, in 1999, he finished 3rd in $2,500 Limit Omaha event. He took home $26,000.
The WSOP breakthrough
After several tries, Michael Meehan finally won his WSOP bracelet in meticulous fashion. He managed to beat a pool of 407 players to finish 1st in $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em. As a result, he won $280,100.
In the same year, he took the World Championship of Online poker by a storm. He won the $530 Limit Texas Hold’em event. At the time, his screen name was “action donkey”. He managed to topple 626 players and won $78, 250. In doing so, he went down in history books as the first player to win WCOOP and a WSOP bracelet in the same year.
In 2004, he managed to reach the final table of Mirage Poker Showdown. He finished a decent 4th. The table comprised of Lee Watkinson, Gabe Kaplan, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, and Eli Elezra.
Minnesota Hall of fame
However, his interest in poker dwindled after 2005. He only played occasionally in Minnesota. The fact that his poker volume had fallen did not, however, stop his induction into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame in 2015.
In an interview with Poker news a while back, Tristan Wilberg was full of praise for Michael Meehan. “When the poker world thinks of Minnesota, they think of ‘Minneapolis Jim.'” He continued, “Numerous times, while traveling, I have been asked if I know him, and I’m happy to say that I do. His entertaining personality and the skill he displays make him unforgettable at the table.”
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