Oh, gather around, dear readers, as we embark on a thrilling journey through the life of a man who has graced the poker tables with an elegance that is nothing short of legendary. Yes, we are talking about the one and only, Crandell “Dandy” Addington, a name that resonates with grandeur and sophistication in the poker world. So, fasten your seat belts as we take a roller-coaster ride through the life of this remarkable man, a journey filled with highs, lows, and everything in between.


The Birth of a Legend

On a sunny day in June 1938, the state of Texas was graced with the birth of a future legend, Crandell Addington. Little did the world know that this young lad from Graham would grow up to revolutionize the world of poker with his impeccable style and unmatched skills. But what was it that earned him the nickname “Dandy”? Well, let’s just say that when it came to dressing up, Mr. Addington was in a league of his own, always appearing as the epitome of elegance and class. Now, wouldn’t you be curious to know how this dapper young man ventured into the world of poker? Let’s find out!

Texas on a map of the USA

The Dandy at the Poker Table

The 1960s, a time when the poker circuit in Texas was buzzing with excitement and fervor. In the midst of this bustling environment, a well-dressed young man made his mark as a regular player, earning the nickname “Dandy” for his impeccable elegance. Yes, we are talking about Crandell Addington, a man who played poker not just for the monetary gains, but for the sheer love of the game.


In 1969, Addington’s prowess at poker saw him winning the Texas Gamblers Convention in Reno, Nevada. It was during this time that the seeds for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) were sown. Can you imagine the excitement and the buzz that surrounded the inception of the WSOP? Well, Addington was right at the heart of it, being one of the founding members of this prestigious tournament.


A Journey To The World Series of Poker

As we venture further into the life of this remarkable man, we find ourselves at the inaugural World Series of Poker in 1970, a tournament that brought together the crème de la crème of the poker world. And Crandell Addington was there, making waves with his exceptional skills, playing the the absolute best.


From 1972 to 1979, Addington graced the final table of the WSOP Main Event almost every year, setting a record for the most final table appearances, an impressive seven times! Now, if that doesn’t scream legend, I don’t know what does. But hold your horses, because the story doesn’t end here. Addington secured the second position twice, in 1974 and 1978, showcasing his prowess and determination to the world.


And while he may not be an active player anymore, his legacy lives on, with fellow Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson describing him as a “No Limit Hold’em Legend”. Quite the accolade, especially coming from the godfather of poker


The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Crandell Addington was not just a poker player, he is a man of many talents. With a background in economics and accounting, Addington ventured into the world of business, founding successful ventures in diverse fields such as chemical manufacturing and oil and gas exploration. 


Currently, he holds the esteemed positions of CEO, Chairman, and Director at Phoenix Biotechnology, a company that is at the forefront of cancer treatment research. Now, that’s what we call a man with a vision, a man who is not afraid to venture into uncharted territories and make a mark.

Portrait of Crandell Addington

The Legend Lives On

As we come to the end of this exhilarating journey, let’s take a moment to appreciate the remarkable life of Crandell “Dandy” Addington, a man who has not only revolutionized the world of poker but has also made significant contributions to the world of business.


From the poker tables of Texas to the boardrooms of Phoenix Biotechnology, Addington’s journey is a testament to his versatility and determination. A man who has not only built a legacy in the world of poker but has also ventured into the world of business with equal zeal and success.


So, here’s to Crandell “Dandy” Addington, a true legend in every sense of the word, a man whose journey inspires us to strive for excellence in every endeavor. Here’s to the legend, here’s to the icon, here’s to Crandell “Dandy” Addington!

Note from the Editor:
The world as we know it has changed immensely compared to what the gamblers of the first half of the 20th century experienced. There were no cell phones, or internet. Automobiles were just starting to become common and affordable trans-Atlantic flights were still a bit into the future. Computers and space travel were as far removed from society as dragons and fairies. Information was not as accessible as it is today. Because of this, and a gambler’s penchant to miraculously forget anything and everything as part of an unwritten code, many of the stories and anecdotes that come from the time could be full of hyperbole and may not be entirely faithful or accurately represent what occurred. However, the oral histories we have, as told through the years, are now all that remains of this ancient time. If any of the tales are inaccurate or outright lies, it is important to be aware that this was neither intentional, nor was it the intent of the article.

-The Wordsmith