Taurus – May 16, 1944
Mike Caro is one of the legends of poker is on the same pedestal as Doyle Brunson. Nicknamed The Mad Genius of Poker, Caro has authored multiple books on poker strategy, psychology and is one of the few players who is considered to be an authority figure on the subject of poker and gambling in general.
Caro is not one of the names you frequently hear today when it comes to final table players but he is an accomplished player. From 1983 – 2005 he has had over two dozen final table finishes alone which include, 2nd in the 2000 L.A Poker Classic, 7 Card Stud event as well as an 8th place finish in the 2006 World Series of Poker $5,000 Seven Card Stud even.
He is widely known for his series of books as well as the successful Mike Caro Poker University which was created based on his willingness to teach players the fundamentals of poker as well as the statistical background from years of research. He has studied the mathematics of the game for over three decades now with many of his findings published and quoted in various resources from other pro players. He co-authored Doyle Brunson’s Super System II and contributed statistical tables to the original copy. Even though he is one of the top players of the past, the majority of his research and analysis is still being used 20 years after it was originally published.
One of his more popular books includes the Mike Caro’s “Book of Tells” The Body Language of Poker was released in 1979 and is still one of the top selling poker books in history. Others that followed include; Poker for Women-A Course in Destroying Male Opponents at Poker and Beyond, Caro on Gambling, Caro’s Fundamental Secrets of Poker, New Poker Games, Gambling Times Quiz Book, Bobby Baldwin’s Winning Poker Secrets, Mike Caro’s Guide to Doyle Brunson’s Super/System on top of being a featured columnist for some of the leading gambling magazines.
His research was not limited to just poker which lead him to becoming a high paying consultant to various gambling companies across the industry including land based casinos. He has developed multiple programs to assist players in figuring out their odds on games such as blackjack as well as building a video poker analyser. In 1992, Caro brought the World Poker Finals to Foxwoods Casino and was the first tournament to ever bring sponsors from various corporations to these events.
Although Caro’s professional career has been limited over the years in terms of wins, Caro paved the way for the game in how it’s played in the casinos and online today.