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Remarkable Achievements

Former Mayfair Club regulars shine

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jan 07, 2011


First, I want to review some of my previous comments about the Mayfair Club. I was partially responsible for hold’em coming to the Mayfair. I played Paul “X22” Magriel a series of backgammon/hold’em freezeouts. We’d play a short backgammon match, and then play a no-limit hold’em freezeout using the backgammon checkers as our chips. Soon, these matches caught on, and a number of players were playing them. This group included Roger Low and Bob Beimish, who both went on to become successful option traders. The Mayfair had been a bridge club that evolved into a backgammon club, but suddenly, poker was alive there. By the mid-’80s, the Mayfair game had taken off. We played no-limit hold’em every evening. Both while waiting for the game to start and when it ended, we discussed hands, plays, and concepts. These discussions would continue at local bars late into the night. Playing, talking, analyzing, ...

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