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Eskimo Wants a Book

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Nov 14, 2012


Paul “Eskimo” Clark is one of the most colorful, intriguing and puzzling characters in poker. Most players think he got his nickname from being born in Alaska, but he actually hails from New Orleans. His moniker seems to really derive from his resemblance to an Eskimo with his thick, bushy hair and beard and rugged countenance. Incidentally, my apologies to my politically correct readers. “Eskimo” is considered a slightly pejorative word meaning “eater of raw fish” (funny, I didn’t know they had sushi back then) and I should use either “Inuit” or “Yupik,” one of the two main tribes of Alaska – or perhaps just “indigenous people.” Sorry, guys, but Paul “Indigenous People” Clark just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Anyway, Eskimo (or whatever you want to call him), is one of the top players in the game. With more than $2.7 million in tournament cashes, he was ...

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