In a game of characters, Minneapolis Jim Meehan is one of the most
colorful figures in poker. He has been described as both charming and
opinionated. He is inscrutable to some and a wise man to others. But
Jim Meehan's baroque style of play makes it impossible for opponents
to "read" him, giving Minneapolis Jim the edge in most heads-up
This former lawyer enjoys sitting at a poker table, drinking a
Heineken and perhaps a shot of whiskey, engaging his opponents with a
steady barrage of banter. Jim Meehan likes the talk lively and the
action even livelier. No wonder Activision added Jim to its roster of
poker stars for its latest World Series of Poker video game.
AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL
The enigmatic Jim Meehan has a long history in the game. He was born
in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 1950's. By the time Jim was in grade
school, he was playing poker for fun. He went to law school and was a
successful lawyer for twenty years. In the 1990's, Minneapolis Jim
went into a semi-retirement to become a professional card player.
1997 was his first World Series of Poker. He has been mystifying
players at poker's premeir event since that time.
Despite describing himself as "semi-retired", Jim Meehan plays in a
host of tournaments around the country every year. He also plays in
online tourneys. Meehan plays at PokerStars under the name
"Actiondonkey". His Party Poker nickname is "Actionmonkey". One gets
the ideas these names are meant to draw unsuspecting rivals into
making loose calls.
WE'RE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN
But one can't know the full experience of playing poker with Jim
Meehan except in a casino. Chewing on a smoke and wearing a signature
cowboy hat, Minneapolis Jim Meehan becomes the voice of the table. He
is prone to comment on his opponents' playing, which is funny for a
man with such an unconventional game. Lest the talk get too heated,
Jim is famous for adding as a rejoinder, "But we're all God's
But don't get me wrong. Jim Meehan has an impressive profile of
finishes, including a World Series of Poker bracelet. This came at
the end of the most entertaining final table at the 2003 WSOP. It was
also the longest final day, though the crowd seemed energized. Jim
Meehan put on a masterful performance even to stay in the match, since
he had been short-stacked from mid-tournament on. By the final table,
Meehan had dodged a hail of poker bullets.
The final pair came down to a three hour showdown marathon. Meehan
survived two all-in calls, eventually collecting his first bracelet.
The win symbolizes the poker career of Minneapolis Jim. As the man
has said himself, "I'm no good as a player. I've just been on a forty
year lucky streak."
♠ 1st Place at 2003 World Series of Poker $2,000 No Limit Holdem event.
♠ 6th Place at a 2005 World Series of Poker $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event.
♠ 2nd Place at a 1997 World Series of Poker $3,000 No Limit Hold 'Em event.
♠ 3rd Place at a 1999 World Series of Poker $2,500 Limit Omaha event.
♠ 195th Place at the 2005 WSOP $10,000 Main Event (out of 5,619 players).
♠ 3rd Place for Season 1 Ultimate Poker Challenge.
♠ 1st Place at the 2004 Tof Player's Championship of Poker No Limit
♠ 2nd Place at 2004 No Limit Holdem Shootout WPPA Championship of Poker event.
♠ Nearly $1.2 million in career tournament earnings.
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