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Jay Heimowitz
Hometown Bethel, New York
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 6
Money finishes 36
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
3rd, 1980
World Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables None
Money finishes 2
Information accurate as of 19 October 2009.

Jay B. Heimowitz (born December 26, 1937) is an American poker player from Bethel, New York. Heimowitz was one of the original players to help establish the Mayfair Club as a premier poker house.

Heimowitz started playing poker for baseball cards at the age of 9. He went on to join the U.S. Army; by the time he left the service at age 21, Heimowitz had won approximately $10,000 playing against his fellow servicemen.

Heimowitz used this money to invest in a beer company, which he later sold to Budweiser.

Heimowitz has attended the World Series of Poker (WSOP) since 1975 and has won six bracelets:

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1975 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em $32,000
1986 $1,500 Limit Hold'em $175,800
1991 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha $126,000
1994 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em $148,200
2000 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $284,000
2001 $1,000 The Seniors' Championship $115,430

Heimowitz won a Poker After Dark title on his sole appearance, earning $120,000. The show was themed around former Mayfair Club regulars with a table composed of Heimowitz, Mickey Appleman, Dan Harrington, Mike Shichtman, Howard Lederer, and Steve Zolotow.

As of 2009, he has made over $2,000,000 in live tournament winnings. His 36 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,503,615 of those winnings.[1]

Outside of poker, Heimowitz enjoys keeping himself fit. He lives with his wife Carole (they married in 1960.) They have four sons (Ed, Lonnie, Roy and Neil) and eight grandchildren (Katelyn, Jaclyn, Angelo, Max, Sofia, Jake, Anatoly and a newborn).


  1. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

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