Josh Arieh

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Josh Arieh
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Josh Arieh in the 2005 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Atlanta Josh
Hometown Atlanta, Georgia
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finishes 11
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
3rd, 2004
World Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables 1
Money finishes 4
European Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables None
Money finishes 1

Josh Arieh (born September 26, 1974 in Rochester, New York) is an American professional poker player. Arieh has been competing in poker competitions since 1999. He is married to Angela Arieh, with whom he has three children.

Tournament History

Arieh finished 3rd in the 2004 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event and has a World Series of Poker title in Limit Texas hold 'em in 1999 and a 2nd place finish at the 2000 World Series of Poker Pot Limit Omaha event to Johnny Chan. At the 2005 World Series of Poker, he earned his second bracelet by defeating Chris Ferguson in a Pot Limit Omaha event. He has numerous other tournament victories and final table television appearances. Arieh has played for over 12 years in the Atlanta area and has garnered a reputation as a tough high limit player. He has played in over twenty big buy-in poker tournaments ($10,000 or higher buy-in), and as of 2006, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,700,000. During 2005, he hit a royal flush in a game of video poker and won $100,000.


Arieh is something of a divisive figure, such as often relying on verbal bullying when trying to force a hand. He has earned the friendship and respect of many of his competitors, but has also committed several faux pas during his career, lambasting Harry Demetriou after an important hand in the Main Event of the 2004 World Series of Poker and, after being eliminated from that tournament, pulling one of the remaining players (David Williams) aside and whispering, "bust this motherfucker," referring to the other remaining opponent, eventual champion Greg Raymer. He subsequently apologized after both incidents.[1] In July 2008, he started playing online at Full Tilt Poker.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1999 $3,000 Limit Hold'em $202,800
2005 $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha $381,600

As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,200,000.[2]


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