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Remembering Paul Magriel: Part II

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Apr 25, 2018


There are many lessons to be learned from Paul’s life. As I mentioned in the previous column, he became the best backgammon player in the world, and stayed at or near the top for 40 years. He became the best by working hard. He studied positions and subjected them to careful mathematical analysis. I presume most readers of this magazine are poker players. Try to follow X22’s example and increase your ability by hard work. If you uncover something that gives you a big advantage or find a niche where you are clearly better than everyone else, put in your hours and make as much money as you can while the opportunity is there. Don’t follow in Paul’s footsteps and give away your secrets for free. Money management was one of Paul’s biggest weaknesses. Sometimes he was overly cautious. There was a large, annual backgammon tournament at the Plaza Hotel, ...

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