Hasan Habib was born into a privileged family in Karachi, Pakistan as one of four siblings; his parents were well-known in the community for business and philanthropy. He was fortunate to have access to a good education, but sports, specifically tennis, is where he excelled. Winning his first tennis championship at the age of 14, he began looking to colleges where he could thrive in his sport of choice. He longed to be self-sufficient and move to the United States, which he did through his acceptance to the University of Redlands in California; he became a part of their winning tennis team and did well in their business program. However, in a short period of time, he discovered the backroom poker games on campus and found that he had a knack for the cards.
At first, Hasan simply played in local cash games and California cardrooms as a hobby, but he began earning enough money to create a comfortable life with no support from his parents in Pakistan. Through intense study of the game through fellow players and poker books, he built a substantial bankroll and quit school to pursue his newfound passion. By the early 1990′s he was entering tournaments and cashing consistently, most notably winning a holiday two tournaments in December of 1997 and January of 1998 that put over $60,000 in his pockets.
From there, Hasan continued to pad his resume with wins and cashes across Southern California. In 2000, he came close to winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet but it would not be until 2004 that he finally captured the elusive win with a first place finish in the $1500 seven-card stud hi-lo split event. And just before that, his name and face became well-known to the international poker community when he came through with an incredible performance at the 2004 $25,000 WPT World Championship. He finished as the runner-up in that event but took home a cool $1.3 million prize. The following season of the WPT found Hasan at the same event’s final table, that time finishing third for nearly another million dollars. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him at another final table very soon.