Landon Tice is a professional poker player from the United States. He was born in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1999.
He began his career as a cash game player on the internet. During his ascension to higher and higher stakes, he met Joe Ingram, one of the most popular poker personalities on YouTube, who eventually mentored him.
Despite the fact that he was only 21 years old at the time, Tice made headlines for the first time in the poker press in November 2020 when he won the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event in Las Vegas for a total prize pool of $202,000. Most people remember him for his abruptly conceded heads-up challenge to Bill Perkins. Tice assigned the millionaire recreational player a 9 BB/100 hand handicap, which proved impossible to overcome early in the challenge.
Short Summary of Career History
In 2019, Landon decided to play poker seriously after winning a $20 tournament in college. He won the $1,000 Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event a year later for $201,529 in Las Vegas. It is the most money he has ever won in a single live tournament in his career.
His pursuit of poker continues when Landon Tice competes against the millionaire recreational player Bill Perkins in a $200/$400 NLHE heads-up match, with a 9 BB/100 hand handicap. The challenge is supposed to last 20,000 hands, but Tice gives up after only 4,907 hands.
Professional Poker Career of Landon Tice
Tice’s First Interest in Poker
Tice discussed his poker journey on Joe Ingram’s podcast in August 2020. Before diving into his favorite card game, he plays chess and golf on expert levels. He experimented with other sports after high school, including football and basketball. After a basketball practice in college, a colleague suggested he enter a $20 poker tournament, which Tice won.
While he had dabbled in poker throughout his young age, this was the first time he recognized he could make a living from it. As a result, he began playing micro stakes cash games online. He also approached a friend who was a winning mid-stakes cash player and asked for some mentorship as a favor. Tice was eventually supported by his friend.
Please remember that this unnamed backer was not Joe Ingram, whom Tice met on Twitter later in his career.
According to his Hendon page, Tice has $268,378 in live tournament cashes. He accumulated that sum in less than a year by winning 8 different live events.
The first live cash on his account was recorded in November 2020. Not only is it his first major tournament victory, but it’s also his highest single live tournament score to date.
Tice won the $1,000 buy-in Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian in Las Vegas, defeating a field of 1,123 players. He won the title and the $201,529 first prize after defeating Brandon Lombardo in a heads-up match.
In January 2021, he competed in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida. He earned $11,675 for finishing in 15th place. He won $24,900 in the $10,500 NLHE High Roller at the Wynn Poker Classic in March 2021.
World Series of Poker (WSOP) Events
Landon Tice has so far only cashed in online WSOP events. He still hasn’t won his first bracelet.
He cashed in three events on WSOP.com in 2020, when all events were obliged to be played online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the site, he goes by the alias “ActionDealer.” The largest of his three cashes was for $29,817. He earned it after placing sixth in the $1,000 NLHE – 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack event.
In 2021, he came extremely close to securing his first gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker. He came in second place out of 756 competitors in the $1,000 NLHE North American Open and won $85,047 as a result. He was defeated in a head-to-head battle for the title by James “DanFriel” Gilbert.
Tice has cashed in six World Series events for a total of $121,039 so far.
Internet Poker Games
In an interview with Joe Ingram, Tice mentioned playing $1/$2 and $2/$5 live cash games early in his career.
In May 2021, he appeared on PokerGO’s relaunched Poker After Dark. He played a $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em cash game there. Marle Cordeiro, Mike “the Mouth” Matusow, and Ronnie Bardah were some of the people he faced off against.
Some new faces appear on tonight’s Poker After Dark‼️
Every Monday🌙5pm PT/ 8pm ET🌙
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) May 10, 2021
Appearances in Live Streamed Cash Games
Tice, as previously stated, plays on WSOP.com under the screen name “ActionDealer.” He goes by the alias “AbsoluteGO” on Americas Cardroom. He began his poker career at Global Poker, where he began at the $0.02/$0.04 cash tables.
We’ve already stated his WSOP online cashes. Aside from those, he won a $1,000 buy-in, $50,000 GTD NLHE high roller in July 2021 for $37,269.
Heads Up Challenge Against Bill Perkins
In February of 2021, Tice made the announcement that he would be competing in a heads-up challenge against Bill Perkins, a gas trader millionaire who is also an avid recreational poker player.
This one stood out in a series of high-profile HUNL matches because the favorite was willing to give the underdog a handicap. The agreed-upon handicap was 9 BB/100 hand. This means that Tice must pay Perkins 9 BBs for every 100 hands played.
Because the challenge was supposed to go on for 20,000 hands and the stakes were $200/$400, he basically gave his novice competitor a head start of $720,000.
The challenge began in June. The poker media was paying close attention. However, in early July, something completely unexpected occurred less than a month later. Landon Tice has decided to drop the challenge!
He was still up $63,720 after 4,907 hands (a 3.25 BB/100 hand win rate) were played in less than a fourth of the challenge. On the other hand, Tice turned out to be mostly playing with his backers’ money. He only got about 10% of the action. It was ultimately not up to him to make the final decision.
Kevin Rabichow and Tuukka “buttonclickr” Sevänen, Tice’s supporters and coaches, were no longer willing to support him in the challenge. They knew that the skill gap between Tice and Perkins was shrinking as the challenge progressed. To make matters worse, some Discord messages were leaked in which Tice’s coaches disparaged his poker abilities.
Tice shared his thoughts about the unfortunate situation in a video posted on his Twitter feed.
Had a tough convo with myself inspired by @dankness3 regarding the Perkins Challenge.
I made a lot of mistakes, I didn’t take accountability, and I could have done more.
It hurts, a lot, but the past is the past and I’ll learn from it. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/EiOZQohD4k
— Landon (@LandonTice) July 4, 2021