Poker pro and noted gambling author Tony Korfman recently passed away at age 71. As reported in this TwoPlusTwo post, Korfman fell and broke his hip a couple of weeks ago. He never recovered and passed away on August 18th, 2014.
As a poker player, he made $355,320 in live tournaments and finished runner-up in a 2007 WSOP Seniors Hold’em event. Korfman was better known as a writer, where he penned 10 gambling/poker books. His 8-book series entitled A Humorous And Informative Gaming Guide covered baccarat, blackjack, craps, keno, roulette, poker, slots and video poker. The Bronx, New York native also worked as a manager at several casinos and was described as a workaholic.
Another interesting thing about Korfman was his rude demeanor, which came off as humorous to many gamblers and poker players. As the TwoPlusTwo poster “r0llin_game” wrote:
He ordered a bagel and lox and was kind enough to share half of it with me, and I could tell that how rude he could be at the table was mostly a show. Sure he had an awful temper, but away from poker, he was truly one of the more generous people I’ve seen and read about.
The poster goes on to describe how Korfman liked to give his books out to people for free. He once received a book from Korfman that was humorously signed “To Cody- leave me the **** alone!” An excerpt from his obituary describes just how generous the poker player was in his life:
Tony cared for many people and wouldn’t hesitate to give the shirt off his back to help someone. It would be hard to count the number of people Tony touched with his generosity; hardly a day would pass without someone coming up to him and thanking him for his help. At the end of the day, his one true love was enjoying time with his family, listening to music and watching basketball and football. Most of all, he enjoyed making people laugh.