At Binion’s Horseshoe casino in May 1975, a diligent poker player was playing hard in the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) to take home his first bracelet. Yes, we are talking about the six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jay Heimowitz. This accountant from Tennessee won his first bracelet in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event and took home $32,000 in prize money. This American pro is one of the most admired players globally because of his poker skills and achievements. Heimowitz started playing poker at the age of 9. Double the years, and when he was 18, he enhanced his poker skills even further, when he joined the US army. He played this skill game against other service personnel and earned around $10,000.
When the focus of Heimowitz shifted to poker he became one of the early members of New York’s Mayfair Club. Heimowitz has played some of his best games against legends like Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, and Mickey Appleman.
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Heimowitz won a Poker After Dark title for $120,000 which was his first and last appearance on the show. After earning his first WSOP bracelet in 1975, it took him 11 more years to win his second bracelet in 1986. His third bracelet was in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha game that he played in 1991 and walked away with $126,000. After three years, this Bethel, New York resident won his fourth bracelet and pocketed $148,200 in prize money. While there was a considerable gap between his bracelet wins, his fifth, and sixth bracelet were won consecutively in 2000 and 2001.
Mike Sexton of Card Player Magazine declared that Jay Heimowitz represents some of the best in the poker world. At the table and away, Heimowitz said, “Heimowitz exhibits greatness of spirit. Heimowitz’s motto is “Take pride in your work – whatever it is.”
All the stats in this article are updated as of 28th March 2022!
Heimowitz had invested money in a beer company and opened a soda bottling plant in New York. For the next 18 months, he worked hard until he got the distributorship of Budweiser. He is considered to be the youngest Budweiser beer distributor in the US at the age of 23. Heimowitz ranks 59th player in the New York all-time money list while in the US’ all-time money list he is on the 507th position. His total live earnings stand at $2,121,439 while his best live cash is ₹284,000 which he pocketed after crushing the $5,000 Limit Hold’em WSOP bracelet event in 2000. In the global all-time money list, Heimowitz takes the 914th position.
Just like the late Australian cricketer cum poker player Shane Warne, this grinder has also passed on his passion for poker to the next generation. Heimowitz’s two sons are also very fond of the skill game. We hope to see Heimowitz return to the poker felts.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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