The poker community received tragic news as the passing away of David Goldberg due to complications with COVID-19. The 74-year-old passed away on 22nd July 2023. Goldberg was a familiar face in Atlantic City as he was often seen around during the early casino days in New Jersey. He also had a very good friendship with Phil Ivey, who was just starting his poker career back in the day.
Speaking on losing a dear friend, Phil Ivey said, “David was just a terrific and generous person, and I knew him well during my time coming up the ranks in Atlantic City. David even co-signed my first car loan when I was 19 years old. He will be greatly missed by anyone that ever knew him.”
Goldberg had a trademark style which saw him win a huge pot and ask, “What did you think I had?” On days when players told him a bad-beat story, the poker players would often end up remarking that “10 to 1 is not 10 to none.”
As per the data present on The Hendon Mob, Goldberg started off his poker career back in 1996. He had amassed around $183,595 in lifetime tournament earnings which included a career-best winning of $86,440 which came during the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event #27: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship alongside the online gold bracelet.
David Goldberg is said to be ‘born with the spirit of a gambler’ and ‘instinctively gregarious.’ He also finished fourth in the WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em event, earning $54,810 in 1999.
Goldberg was born on 18th June 18, 1949, and is originally from Margate, New Jersey. He majored in Business at NYU while graduating in 1971.
Goldberg was a proud business owner of Atlantic City Linens, which did the laundry for most of the casinos in the 1980s, with the business operating in Atlantic City and Connecticut. After selling the business, Goldberg was seen supporting his son’s Boxing Insider website and was often seen promoting live fight cards in New York.
Goldberg’s friend Larry Bernstein has been quoted by PokerNews saying, “Everyone loved David, and he would always help anyone that was down on their luck. Not just the poker community, he helped people in every aspect of life. David had a unique depth and understanding of what you were going through and was the nicest, most loyal, and genuine person one could ever meet.”
Goldberg’s obituary read, “When he wasn’t working, he volunteered his time with Catholic Charities of Atlantic County, the Food Bank of Southern NJ, and JFS, among others, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York, and Linwood Country Club.”
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