Name: Eliahu Ilan Elezra aka Eli Elezrar
Nickname: Wizard, Mr Vegas
Birth Date: 24 November, 1960
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV
Tournaments: WSOP, WPT
Eli Elezra is one of those poker players with plenty of attitude, and plenty of mad skills at the tables. He hails from Jerusalem, Israel, where he served with distinction in the elite Golani Brigade. Following an injury, he quickly learned to play poker while he was bedridden and unlocked one of his greatest skills yet. After working in Alaska for a few years, he turned to poker – his true love. Over the years his tournament winnings have exceeded $2.1 million – excluding what he has won on Poker Night in America.
The Wizard has electrified the crowds and the tables with his poker prowess. He has competed at the highest level, and has finished in the money a total of 26 times at the World Series of Poker alone. Along the way, he collected 2 WSOP bracelets. His winning ways weren't limited to the WSOP; he also snapped up the $10K NLH Event in the 2004 World Poker Tour (WPT), with a staggering $1,024,574 payday.
Mr Vegas has competed in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and all six seasons of GSN Series High-Stakes Poker. He has also rubbed shoulders with Gabe Kaplan, the inimitable Doyle Brunson and other legends of the game including Scotty Nguyen whom he beat in the 2007 WSOP in a heads up contest. Such is his self-confidence, that he placed a $25K wager at 10/1 odds with poker legend Barry Greenstein that he’d scoop up a bracelet at the 2007 WSOP. He did and walked away with $250,000!