Cloutier attended the University of California, Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for American football and baseball and played in the Rose Bowl in 1959. However, he later dropped out because of family financial hardship.
Cloutier then started a food company, but it was not successful, so he moved to Texas to work on oil rigs. On his off days he began to play poker, and quit his job after realizing that he was winning more money playing poker than working. He started playing poker when he was a caddy at a golf course and played poker after the rounds. 
Cloutier specializes in playing tournament poker, especially No Limit and Pot Limit Hold'em. He is the only person in the history of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to have won events in all three types of Omaha played at the World Series — Pot Limit High, Limit High, and Limit 8-or-Better High-low split.
As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,300,000.
WSOP Bracelets Edit
|1987||$1,000 Limit Omaha Hi||$72,000|
|1994||$1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or Better||$135,000|
|1994||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em||$163,000|
|1998||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi||$136,000|
|2004||$1,500 Seven Card Razz||$90,500|
|2005||$5,000 No Limit Hold'em||$657,100|
Cloutier is the co-author (together with Tom McEvoy) of four books:
- Championship Tournament Practice Hands
- Championship Holdem
- Championship Omaha
- Championship No-Limit and Pot Limit Hold'em.
In May 2006 Cloutier released How To Win The Championship: Hold'em Strategies For The Final Table, a book covering tournament strategy with an emphasis on the final few tables.
He also used to write for Card Player magazine.
- ↑ PokerRoad Radio episode with T. J. Cloutier interview
- ↑ final table record.
- ↑ Hendon Mob tournament results