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Men of Action: Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder

by Bob Pajich |  Published: Apr 17, 2013


Jimmy ‘the Greek” Snyder was born to immigrant grocers as Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1918. By the time he was 28, he was known as man who could pick winners after nailing the 1948 Presidential election. Steubenville was a river mill town that had so many gambling houses that Snyder jokingly said he didn’t know gambling was illegal until he left. Situated on the rail line between Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, it was known as place to get your jollies, gambling being only one. It’s the city Snyder would learn his trade. Snyder, with his huge handsome head and vernacular right out of mill town, was determined to forge his own path after quitting his father’s store over an argument about ham, water loss and shrinkage. It took him to a newspaper, public relations and broadcasting career that began with the third World Series of Poker. ...

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