– General Introduction –
Landon Tice is an American professional poker player. He was born in 1999 in Boca Raton, Florida.
He started his career as an online cash game player. During his climb to higher and higher stakes, he befriended Joe Ingram, one of the most popular poker personalities on YouTube, who ended up mentoring him.
Tice first made headlines in the poker news media in November 2020, when he won the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event in Las Vegas for $202K, at just aged 21. However, most people know him for his abruptly conceded heads-up challenge against Bill Perkins. Tice gave the millionaire rec player a 9 BB/100 hand handicap, which proved to be impossible to beat for him early in the challenge.
– Key Career Dates –
- c. 2019: He starts playing poker with serious ambitions after winning a $20 tournament in college.
- 2020: He wins the $1,000 Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event in Las Vegas for $201,529. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2021: He takes on millionaire recreational player Bill Perkins in a $200/$400 NLHE heads-up challenge, giving his opponent a 9 BB/100 hand handicap. The challenge is set to last 20,000 hands, but Tice concedes after only 4,907 hands have been played.
– Landon Tice’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Tice shared his journey into poker on Joe Ingram’s podcast in August 2020.
Before getting into his favorite card game, Tice was playing chess, then golf on expert levels. After high school, he tried himself out in other sports as well, such as football and basketball. After a basketball practice in college, a teammate of his recommended he play a $20 poker tourney which Tice ended up winning.
While he had played poker casually throughout his childhood, this was the first time he realized he could pursue the game as a source of income. So, he started playing micro stakes cash games online. He also reached out to an acquaintance of his who was a winning mid-stakes cash player and asked for some coaching as a favor. Eventually, his friend ended up backing Tice.
Please note that this unnamed backer wasn’t Joe Ingram, who Tice befriended a little later in his career through Twitter.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Tice has $268,378 in live tournament cashes, according to his Hendon page. He amassed that sum within less than a year, by cashing in 8 different live events.
The first recorded live cash on his is from November 2020. And not only is it a major tournament victory right off the bat, but it’s also his biggest single live tournament score to date.
Tice topped a 1,123-player field in the $1,000 buy-in Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian in Las Vegas. He beat Brandon Lombardo heads-up for the title and the $201,529 first prize.
In January 2021, he came in 15th for $11,675 in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, FL. In March 2021, he finished 11th in the $10,500 NLHE High Roller at the Wynn Poker Classic and won $24,900.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Landon Tice has only cashed in online events at the WSOP as of now. He is yet to win his first bracelet.
In 2020, when all events were forced to be played online due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he cashed in 3 events on WSOP.com. He plays under the screen name “ActionDealer” on the site. Out of his 3 cashes, the biggest one was for $29,817. He got that for finishing 6th in the $1,000 NLHE – 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack event.
In 2021, he came very close to capturing his very first WSOP gold bracelet. He finished second out of a field of 756 players for $85,047 in the $1,000 NLHE North American Open event. He lost the heads-up battle for the title to James “DanFriel” Gilbert.
Overall, Tice has cashed in 6 World Series events so far, for a total of $121,039 combined.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Tice has talked about playing $1/$2 and $2/$5 live cash games during the early parts of his career in his interview with Joe Ingram.
In May 2021, he appeared on PokerGO’s revived version of Poker After Dark. There, he played a session of $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em cash game. His opponents included, among others, Marle Cordeiro, Mike “the Mouth” Matusow, and Ronnie Bardah.
Some new faces appear on tonight’s Poker After Dark‼️
Every Monday🌙5pm PT/ 8pm ET🌙
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) May 10, 2021
→ Online Poker ←
As we wrote above, Tice plays under the screen name “ActionDealer” on WSOP.com. On Americas Cardroom, he uses the alias “AbsoluteGO”. The first site he played on was Global Poker, where he started at the $0.02/$0.04 cash tables.
We’ve also mentioned his WSOP online cashes above. Apart from them, he took down a $1,000 buy-in, $50,000 GTD NLHE high roller for $37,269 in July 2021.
→ Scandals ←
His early concession in the heads-up challenge against Bill Perkins
In February 2021, Tice announced that he’s taking on gas trader millionaire and avid recreational poker player Bill Perkins in a heads-up challenge. In a series of high profile HUNL duels, this one was unique in the way that the favorite was willing to give the underdog a handicap. The handicap negotiated was 9 BB/100 hand. This means that for every 100 hands played, Tice has to pay Perkins 9 BB’s. Since the stakes were $200/$400, and the challenge was originally set to go for 20,000 hands, Tice essentially gave his amateur opponent a $720,000 head start.
The challenge kicked off in June. The poker media was intently following it. However, only a month in, in early July, something completely unexpected happened. Landon Tice decided to concede the challenge!
He was still up $63,720 and less than a 4th of the challenge, 4,907 hands were played (giving Tice a 3.25 BB/100 hand win rate). However, as it turned out, Tice was largely playing with backers’ money. He only had around 10% of his action. The final decision was ultimately not up to him.
His backers and coaches, Kevin Rabichow and Tuukka “buttonclickr” Sevänen weren’t willing to back Tice in the challenge anymore. Admittedly, they felt that the skill gap between Tice and Perkins was getting smaller and smaller as the challenge went on. To add insult to injury, some Discord messages were leaked in which Tice’s coaches belittled his poker abilities.
Tice posted a video on his Twitter feed in which he shared his thoughts about the unfortunate situation.
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