Jew Poker

by , Mar 22, 2007 | 5:25 am

I’ve got a fun little speaking gig this weekend — visiting the Beth Torah men’s club to talk poker.

Last year’s appearance
went well — in fact, click here if you’ve got 90 minutes to kill listening to some questionable audio — but while regaling the breakfast crowd with poker-boom lore, home-game theory, and tales from the WSOP, I did stumble on one question … “Are there any Jewish poker pros?”

“Absolutely,” I said. “A lot of them. Like, um … uh … um … oh! Barry Greenstein! He’s Jewish, right? Wait, is it GreenSTEEN or GreenSTINE? I never remember.”

Oy.

Actually, if you look back to the old days, you’ll find two types of people regularly making final tables — Jews and Texans. Huh, interesting. In fact, in one legendary WSOP showdown, that’s all there were.

Anyhow, this year I’m not gonna let the gentlemen of Beth Torah throw me. Here’s an interesting story about a different sort of Jewish poker. And below is a list of a few great Jewish players that come to mind. Any others I might be missing?

Barry Greenstein
Mike Matusow
David Grey
Jay Heimowitz
Stu Ungar
Gabe Kaplan
Eli Elezra
Scott Fischman
Annie Duke
Howard Lederer
David Sklansky
Wendeen Eolis
Mel Judah
Josh Arieh
Michael Mizrachi
Jack Strauss
Lyle Berman
Eric Seidel
Jamie Gold
David Levi
David Oppenheim
Barry Shulman
Michele Lewis
Austin Pete
Thum


17 Comments to “Jew Poker”


  1. Thum
    says:

    Thanks for the props Dan. Robert might be a little upset. Too bad.


  2. Fresh Princess
    says:

    Mazel Tov!
    Are there just the two of us that fall under the Jewish/Texan category?

    And Allen Jaffey Shulman??


  3. Fresh Princess
    says:

    Barney Boatman & Vicki Coren are both in the tribe.


  4. Lavigne in Austin
    says:

    At least there is one “sport” we can rock!


  5. Been nappin
    says:

    What are you talkin about? Jews Rock Baseball!!!!!!Even that kneepaded pecker puffer Brad Assmus is a heeb.


  6. Fresh Princess
    says:

    Been Nappin
    You are obviously soooooo jealous of Brad Ausmus!


  7. DanM
    says:

    Does that mean Ross Boatman is too?


  8. Fresh Princess
    says:

    Man…you are sooo smart! :)


  9. Fresh Princess
    says:

    And Tony Bloom…


  10. November Nine Tip: Bet on the Jews | Pokerati | Texas Hold'em and Las Vegas Poker Blog
    says:

    [...] Disclosure: I used to make an annual pilgrimage to a Dallas synagogue in an effort to bring people with money to the Lodge convert non-gentiles to the poker way. So yeah [...]


  11. Gene
    says:

    Phil Galfond and David Benyamine are also Jewish.


  12. bennju
    says:

    wendeen is a great player? ha!


  13. manuel
    says:

    and mike matusow he wears a HI


  14. Tobe
    says:

    Andy Bloch.


  15. hahahah funny shit
    says:

    how can you fucking not mention Phil Ivey? King of ALL jews, imo


  16. Hah
    says:

    dirty cunts


  17. Mib001x
    says:

    ya aussi isai scheinber le PD de pokerstars

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