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.”


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

17 Comments to “Jew Poker”

  1. Thum

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

  2. Fresh Princess

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

    And Allen Jaffey Shulman??

  3. Fresh Princess

    Barney Boatman & Vicki Coren are both in the tribe.

  4. Lavigne in Austin

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

  5. Been nappin

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

  6. Fresh Princess

    Been Nappin
    You are obviously soooooo jealous of Brad Ausmus!

  7. DanM

    Does that mean Ross Boatman is too?

  8. Fresh Princess

    Man…you are sooo smart! 🙂

  9. Fresh Princess

    And Tony Bloom…

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  11. Gene

    Phil Galfond and David Benyamine are also Jewish.

  12. bennju

    wendeen is a great player? ha!

  13. manuel

    and mike matusow he wears a HI

  14. Tobe

    Andy Bloch.

  15. hahahah funny shit

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

  16. Hah

    dirty cunts

  17. Mib001x

    ya aussi isai scheinber le PD de pokerstars