David E. Reese (Chip, or the Dipper) died very early on
Tuesday December 4, 2007.
service was held on Friday December 7, 2007 from 2pm to 4pm at the Palm
Jim Sullivan ‘73
Jamie MacArthur ‘72
Jay Wright ‘73
Dana Martino ‘74
Tim O’Connor ‘74
Joe Davis ‘72
Rick Gerardi ‘74
Dave Smile ‘73
Rick Pummill ‘75
Tony Cort ‘75
Bill James ‘74
Royal Prevost ‘73
Byron Anderson ‘75
Marc Josephson ‘72
There was a reception after the funeral services at
the country club within Chip’s gated community, and then the Beta
contingent headed back to the
Photos taken by Tim O’Connor at the reception are in a slide show – www.jandftech.com/chipreese/photos
Note that the time delay between photos can be adjusted by selecting the number of seconds.
Also, by clicking on a photo, the slide show is paused, and you can move forward and backward through the photos.
The funeral service was very moving – it started
with video interviews of several of Chip’s friends and colleagues from
Chip’s death was totally unexpected, and hits all of us very hard, especially after losing Chuck Thomas a few months ago. Please send any comments or stories about Chip to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post any emails that are sent to me [see below for emails already posted].
A great article about Chip appeared in the Valley News
– a local newspaper covering
I will also try to provide links to other web sites
that relate to Chip. The
A good one from a
(got this from Frank Cox, who manages www.69elks.com)
Jim Sullivan ’73 sent me the following from www.cardplayer.com
Other links that people have sent me:
More links will be posted as I get them.
Here is the beginning of the emails:
Kept your email from the Chuck Thomas information.
We just learned that Chip Reese may have died in his sleep last night in Vegas.
Our class website is: http://www.69elks.com/
Or; Susie Jones; our classmate; might be the center point for information: her email is : email@example.com
Please; we want to confirm if this happened.
I confirmed; I googled: Chip Reese Las Vegas Death
and it came up
guys should know. I have no connections to that world. Dartmouth
Wow... thanks for the notification Marc. I will copy to some others
This is unbelievable.
Thanks for your VM, which I just got. Great news re: your meeting with Randy.
I bolted from the meeting to the subway and now the train.
I got a call from Hulk with the news at about 3:45PM. He had just awakened (he works until 3AM PST) and received a VM about Chip's passing. Rick Gerardi called very shortly thereafter. He had heard as well. Then I received Todd's email below.
I will speak with Hulk tonight when I get home and will call you after you arrive at LGA.
This is stunning. We gotta take care of each other....
Horrible news......there is no rational explanation for any of this. May God have mercy on all of us. I look forward to your call
Coz just called and said he just heard from Hulk that The Dipper passed away today.
He did not have many firm details but was told he came down with pneumonia and died vey quickly.
I'll let you know further details as Coz hears them from Hulk. This stuff needs to stop.
yet in the
Still trying to figure this one out. Both Chuck and Dipper were larger than life....
spoke with him [Chip] at length on the Monday or Tuesday beforehand. He
told me that he was going to be in
Matt and I played golf with The Hulk twice and had dinner with him and his family one evening. No nicer guy ever lived....
Legend David 'Chip' Reese Dead at 56
December 04, 2007
The poker world erupted with shock and condolences this morning as news spread that three-time WSOP bracelet winner and legendary cash-game player David "Chip" Reese died early today, at the age of 56. His dominance in poker was so pronounced that in 1991 he was the youngest player ever inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, an honor usually bestowed on those after a lifetime of achievement.
After graduating from
WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Split event. In 1982, Reese scored another WSOP bracelet in the $5000 Seven Card Stud event. In Super/System, Doyle Brunson called Reese "the best Seven Card stud player I've ever played with."
Thanks , Brad. Quite a guy. Quite a legend. Quite a loss for all of us.
George and I just spoke with The Hulk. He told us that he had stopped crying because he had no tears left. Dipper's Sisters are on their way to town.
His kids (Casey, a Freshman at UNLV) and Taylor (a Junior in high school) are devastated. He shared the link below from www.cardplayer.com
I will call you later tonight.
Thanks for the continued updates. How are you doing? All the 73's are special to me but this one is tough coming so close on the heels of losing
Chuck. I'll bet Dipper has a big game going already with the boys upstairs.
They better watch out.
I found the article below on espn.com last night. The URL is attached. [see above links]
I am at LGA on my way to
For all of us, thanks for setting up the "Dipper blog.". I truly wish that we had no need for it. I still can't comprehend the fact that this has happened....
Sorry to hear about Chip (The Dipper)--was this sudden?
what i tried to send [earlier] was that i do remember that those poker games i participated in in 71 and 72 where chip was at the table were usually not great money makers for me and now i know why. i never did figure out why he was such a great player when he was so good hearted. i never thought those two qualities went together. Burkie
Thanks for the update.
I just have website info that services may be Friday, no specifics.
Not sure; if it would be a zoo; there's a lot of people that knew him; you could have Larry Flint to politicians.
Think the best bet is to keep pounding Google; to get any updates.
Nobody from our
class can reach his sister in
So; we'll see how it plays out.
Thanks for the link; I forwarded your email to our webmaster for the CHS 69 website
With Chuck and Chip; too weird: destiny? This is hitting our class hard.
Hopefully they are having a beer and laughing their ass off.
After Chuck Thomas;
this news was off the wall. The Centerville Class of 69 really took a hit
with Chuck's death this summer; now Chip; we're reeling. When I started at the
marc, i want to say thanks; this is getting to be too familiar! you`re the best, shel
Once again, thanks for setting up this site. Needless to say, today has not been a good day. First Chuck, and now the Dipper. Everyday that I think of Chuck's passing I get sick to my stomach, and now with Chip passing away, it is truly a double blow. At Chuck's visitation I spoke with Chip and he mentioned the fact that if any of us Beta brothers were going to go, he figured that he would be one of the first, and not Chuck. Now, only 7 months later, his words appear almost prophetic. I don't know what else to say. A very sad day for all of us who knew and loved the incredible Dipper.
Dale Pope '73
One night I was hanging around the Beta house when the regulars, including Dipper, started playing in the card room. I was a casual poker player so I thought I would join in. I lost 30 bucks in as many minutes. I was way out of my league. They hardly noticed as I exited early. That was the first and last time I ventured into the card room.
My good buddy from
home got a job after graduation 1971 in
It's a sad day.
I have 2 memories to share that other Beta's may not have heard.
First, my oldest
daughter debated in high school and in college. A couple of years ago, I
was talking to one of her friends who had spent the summer at a debate camp at
Second, in the
late '70's, I was doing a lot of field work in Nevada, and whenever I was
in Las Vegas, I would drop by Caesar's Palace to catch up with Chip.
Sometimes we'd go out to eat, sometimes he'd have to stay and
"work". He would always tell me to pull up a chair and talk
while he was playing. One night, he lost about $50,000 while we were catching
up, and I felt really bad about distracting him. But one of the best
memories was a night he wasn't there, when I visited Vegas in the '80's.
I asked for Chip and another guy came over and said "Chip's out of
town. Are you one of his
Hello, Marc. I appreciate your continuing heartfelt efforts to provide a communication network for all us (old) Betas.
I knew that Chip had accomplished great things in the world of big-time poker (early on he was known for wearing all yellow like a big canary at the
table, as I recall). I can't really claim the Dipper was a close, close friend or someone I followed after graduation. BUT-- for those of us lucky
enough to have shared Beta experiences-- I have several memories that bonded me to Chip, and which I fondly recall from time to time.
I got to play cards with the Dipper on occasion. My most distinct memory is playing a pick-up game of gin with him in the Beta living room (I am certain
beer was involved). I was so intent on my cards as I got closer and closer to having a winning hand that I did not even look up or notice Chip sitting
across from me holding his hand open for me to see-- he had 'ginned out' 5 or 6 cards before, and was simply drawing and discarding cards with that big
shit-eating grin on his face while I was intently struggling to win a hand I already had lost.
Another was I believe the Dipper had played some pretty good football in high school. Despite his then-more-rotund Beta intramural football profile
(Beta being the perennial frat champion as I recall), my only defensive accomplishment v. Chip was picking myself up off the ground after yet
another (probably illegal under the rules) devastating block from the Dipper.
However, most of all was a night of beer pong revelry in the basement. I have some recollection the game was being played "to the death." I don't
recall what exactly happened, but a plausible explanation could be that I sunk a shot into the Dipper's cup (or vice versa), and after the mandatory
chug and sympathy chug from the opponent, Chip rushed and tackled me, rolling around the beer-soaked linoleum floor in mutual hilarity and genuine
brotherly affection. Just one of those pure fraternity moments (that I am certain will draw a few off-color (and untrue!) comments from my Beta
brothers that are listening), and a memory I would have certainly shared at any reunion with the Dipper had I had the chance.
In the end, we all move on-- and the memories we leave behind are perhaps our best legacies.
The Dipper was an original. His congenial nature belied the intensity which he inwardly possessed. The respect he commanded in the professional world of poker
is unsurpassed. He was my "football recruit" at
Dartmouthand I take great pride in playing a part in his joining the family. Anytime I think of the Dipper, Dartmouth
I smile. He elevated life. It was always interesting and a bit exciting being around Chip. He always had a story.....an angle.....something unexpected. The world was
enriched by his being here. So long big guy. You made us proud and we will miss you.
I am glad the night is over....it was unduly heavy and tough going.....I am not one to let life take me down but to lose two of my "boys" in the same year is
without precedent. I cannot even begin to imagine what all the '73's are going through right now. We sometimes forget
how close the ties of Beta Brothers really are until it is too late. What can we take from these tragic losses? What can we learn that may help others? How
can we make sense of what is truly senseless? How can we fill the void that is left behind?
There is always a level of comfort one derives in knowing, even after so many years have passed, that every brother is somehow still there, ready at a
moments notice to walk through that door, to be available for that needed phonecall, to remember when times are good and when they are tough and to pick
up as if nothing had intervened at any time in life. It is a sort of comfort that remains strong no matter what and yet it is as fragile as a flower and as
tenuous as new fallen snow on a warm spring day. I saw their faces all night, Chip and Chuck, side by side, fair haired and full of life. Yet I could not see
all the other faces, no one, not even you. There was laughing and singing and the sharing of a beer or two. The words of "Marching along in Beta Theta Pi'
forever ringing from the rafters and the echoing in the halls never stopped.
I remember so clearly when, just before graduation in 1973, Chip and I sat alone in the house and talked. He wanted some advice about what to do after
school ended. He seemed genuinely interested in every word.....thinking and planning as if he had just one more important hand to play in the card room.
Should he go to work? Travel?
thought of him from time to time. You kept me up to date on his life and I was fascinated by how it turned out. And now you are the bearer of the news of the
end of that amazing life.
He made his mark in his own way, true to his calling and true to himself. I suspect he smiled a lot and never looked back with regret. My heart goes out to
his children and the void I feel at never having the opportunity to finish that talk from so long ago will haunt
me. I was looking forward to visiting at your 35th
The Beta House will be returning in the Fall and it is high time for the need to give other young Dartmouth men the same opportunities we had to
establish lifelong bonds of friendship second to none is essential. I think it would be fitting to put a plaque honoring Chip's memory in the card room. He
would like that very much. The idea of a Dartmouth Beta Hall of Fame has come up......Chip 'the Dipper' Reese belongs in that list of greats right along side
Dr. 'Chuck" and so many more who have gone before and will pass this way again. What better way to always remember him, wheeling and dealing and winning. He may have lost this hand as life finally dealt him Aces and Eights but in the end he was the ultimate winner and in my mind, always will be.
With tears and cheers, remember well those brothers we knew and live life each day.
Yours in -kai=
Nancy (Chip's sister) told me that after the viewing, we would all be heading to the Country Club inside the gated community where Chip lived.
Thanks for the site.
Look forward to seeing you, Marc, as well as everyone else.
Marc: This is very sad news coming on the heels of Chuck's death. I spoke to David Matthews this morning. He is currently in
on a medical mission Vietnam
and cannot get back in time for the funeral. As you may know, he was quite close to the Dippy. He is very distraught at not being able to attend. Sadly, I fall into
the not being able to attend category. I was trying to arrange a flight into tomorrow morning and out in the evening but something has come up so even that is not
even possible. Whoever is in attendance know that I am there in spirit and wish that I could enjoy your company. I talked to Tim O'Connor last night and J Wright
this morning and I think that both of them are going to be attending. We all need to gather when we can have a happy occasion. Thanks for your efforts in setting
up the web site.
I stopped in to see Jeff Sassorossi today and we swapped a few Dipper stories......Laughing was better than crying. Jeff checked his files and said
Chip had three children????? your note only mentioned two. Any more news? Also heard Chip had some history of heart defect.
My name is Debbie Lakins. Myself and my friend Carol Afanador will be arriving in Vegas at 10:44 am on Friday. We graduated with Chip and are part of the class of " 69 "
I just spoke to Chip on Sunday so this comes as quite shock. Will look forward to meeting you in Vegas. We will be staying at the Mirage.
Many thanks for the call....hope you can get to Vegas for the service. Make a special point to find a way to support his children...it sounds like they will
need it. Brothers can also be Godfathers.
Thanks for the messages, and thanks so much for all of these photos. After Chuck, it's so hard to believe such another great guy was taken from us so way too soon. It must have been some amazing class they had back in that
One memory of the Dipper that has always stuck with me for some reason was when he returned from
Thanks again for all that you've done.
Thanks, Mark....sad weekend, but great to catch up with you guys again. Miley
Thanks, Marc.... and did you see the news item this week about the deadly new virus that presents itself as pneumonia? Google (News) "new virus pneumonia"........
Thanks for sharing. Sorry I couldn't be there for the funeral.
Jeff T. Sassorossi '75
Thanks Marc and Tim
Marc, I hope
that all is well with you. Bad news about Chip.
My memories of him center around what seemed like card
games that would go on forever. I was not a player and I was always
amazed that Chip and the others could sit through the night and play. Who knew that
Sorry that I missed the reunion. We have had a pretty messy year around here. Somehow, I was misdiagnosed as having hepatitis. That was a shocker, but the good news was that I had a lot of tests run for everything under the sun and eventually they all came up negative. Sandra on the other had wasn’t quite so lucky. A lump was found on her breast in early May and diagnosed as cancer. After what seemed like a million office visits, referrals, interviews, counseling sessions, internet research hours, prayer sessions, tear sessions, family history research efforts and other some such things, she had a bilateral mastectomy during the summer. She just had the last of her reconstruction surgeries on Dec. 07 and is now in what we hope is final recovery mode. Prognosis is all good, but it really took the wind out of our sails this year. Quite honestly, we are looking forward to the end of 2007.
I will not be able to get to N.Y.C. on Thursday but I will be thinking about you guys. Please give my best regards to all.
Have a Great Christmas and I hope that 2008 will be a good one for you. Take care.
Thanks for sharing all these emails. I will post any more that I receive.
I don’t want to post anyone’s email address, but let me know if you want someone’s address – I’ll email it to you.
Marc Josephson ‘72