received by Bob
I am considered to be one of the best all-around game-players in the country.
At the table games of poker, chess, bridge, and backgammon, no one else has achieved a high
level of competence at all four games, and only a handful of people at three of them.
I have won numerous awards at gameplaying; they are listed for
each game. Also given are some of my sports achievements.
Poker - My biggest honor was a third place
prize in the 1987 poker World Championship.
When we came down to the final three players, I
was the chip-leader, with the eventual winner Johnny Chan a close second.
I then acquired the dubious distinction of becoming the first person in
the history of tournament poker to lose a pot with over a million dollars
in it. A few minutes later I lost another pot of about half a million
dollars and finished third. This was worth $125,000 in actual prize money.
First place paid $625,000 that year, so the big pot likely cost me
a half a million dollars in real cash. It certainly was an exciting
I play just about every kind of poker known to man, and traveled all
over the world doing it. The countries where I have played poker include
Canada, England, Sweden, Malta, and Nepal.
My favorite poker form is pot-limit Omaha.
I have written a book on Omaha called "Omaha Holdem Poker."
A poker publication once did a reader's poll of
who the world's outstanding players were at each poker form. I was
honored by being voted the #3 position for Omaha. I also like no-limit holdem.
My newest book is "No-Limit Holdem Poker," published in2012. I am the leading authority on poker rules, and have worked as a
consultant in this area to a number of cardrooms.
Chess - My favorite game is chess, at which I
hold the title of Life Master.
I have won many prizes in chess tournaments. In 1969 I became the
chess State Champion of Michigan. In 1995 I tied for fourth place in the
U.S. Senior Chess Championship. In both the 1998 and 1999 tournament for
the State Championship I took second place. In simultaneous exhibitions I have faced some
of the world's greatest players. I lost to Bobby Fischer, Mikhail Tal, and
David Bronstein, drew with Bent Larsen, and beat Victor Korchnoi and Paul
Keres. I am especially interested in chess opening theory. I have
written a couple of chess opening books. My first book is
"The Catalan Gambit," published in 1983, and my second book is
"Smith-Morra Gambit Finegold Defense," published in 2000.
Bridge - I have been a Life Master at bridge
since 1969. I owned a bridge club, "Cavendish North Bridge and Backgammon
Club" in Southfield, Michigan, from 1975 to 1980.
I have taught bridge for the Saginaw Township Community Education program.
Backgammon - I played in a lot of backgammon
tournaments in the seventies, with good success. In an informal poll of
regular backgammon players taken at that time, I was voted the best player
Billiards and Pool - I won a number of
college championships at both pool and billiards when I was a student
back in the sixties. My biggest
honor in tournament play was taking second place (behind Jimmy Mataya) in
the 1965 Lansing City Championship. In 1964 I was selected to represent
the Saginaw area to play an exhibition match against all-time great
Willie Mosconi. I ran the first rack, but he came back to run 113 in his
inning. Naturally, he won the match. I was also selected to play a
three-cushion billiards match in 1965 against the then World Champion
Harold Worst (he won). My high run at straight pool is four
racks. I once ran out off the break playing "Snooker Golf" on a 6x12
Weightlifting - I started pumping iron at
age fifteen, and had to quit three years later because of a back injury.
At my peak, weighing 172 pounds, I could press 207 and bench press three
reps with 280. When a student at Notre Dame University, I won the school's first
place medal in my weight class.