He is a gentleman and a truly nice guy.
But Steve is also a poker player and he has won the Borgata Winter Poker Open and its cash prize over of $800.000.
At bridge tournaments he always treated his opponents (and others) with respect.
He won 2 Mitchell (1995 and 2006), 3 Jacoby (1992, 2005 and 2006), one Wherner (1995), 4 Vanderbilt (2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017), one Reisinger (1984), 7 Cavendish Pair and 3 Cavendish Team. He is also the youngest player ever to win an NABC event (the Life Master Pairs in 1981 when he was 17).
He has elected ACBL Player of the Year in 1995.
He also won in the World Open Pairs, silver medal in 2006 and gold medal in 2010.
His online user name is "thorladen".
Thorladen is known for being one of the best contract bridge players in the world, for being a specialist in poker cash games and tournaments (both live and online), and for being a paternal figure to the younger generation of players in the poker world.
He is also touted as a super poker teacher/coach.
Most of his success at poker has been in cash games, although he won one of the Poker Stars Sunday 500 tournaments last Fall and was written about online and in the major poker magazines.