by Joseph Smith Sr.
The poker sphere lost one of the last old-school characters last Monday, August 8, 2014. Following a routine hip surgery, Tony Korfman succumbed to life-ending complications. He was a man of many talents – author, casino executive, and poker player _ whom lived most of his adult life at his home in Boulder City, Nevada.
The Bronx, New York native is a graduate of The University of San Francisco. In 1966 he married his lifelong wife, Linda, in Carson City, Nevada.
His career in executive casino management included the CEO position at The Gold Strike Casino and the Edgewater in Nevada. He is listed as a working author of five books on Amazon. Of Note, the 'how to gamble' series of books have one thing in common, thay all include the word 'humorous' in the title.
Tony Kaufman's poker resume shows a documented career earnings record of $355,320. This includes the $217,503 he collected in the 2007 WSOP Seniors Event #41 when he finished in second place. The photo with this article shows him at play in that event on Day 2.
At the poker table he could be one of the funniest people you had ever played with and never knew what he would say next. He could also be one of the most abrasive, berating individuals you had ever run across. There seemed to be no static state with Tony Korfman, he attacked life with a passion.
Having photographed Korfman on numerous occasions I always knew that going to his table would be an experience. The other players would be close to tears from laughing so hard or plotting his demise. The poker world truly lost one of the last of the true poker characters when Tony Korfman left us.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Tony Korfman this Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2 PM at the Boulder Creek Golf Club, 1501 Veterans' Memorial Drive in Boulder City.