Thursday, June 30, 2005

Not Bad Mr. Kotter

One of my other abiding passions is Poker, so let me take the opportunity to link Poker and Television by congratulating Gabe Kaplan, who played Mr. Kotter in the 1970s series Welcome Back Kotter for finishing in second place in the $5,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em event at the 2005 World Series of Poker. Kaplan (seen here in a photo from the 1979 World Series) is a veteran poker player who finished in sixth place in the main event of the 1980 World Series which was the first year that the legendary Stuey Ungar won the tournament.

In other entertainment related Poker news, Jennifer Tilly who is best known as a movie actress but did some television work, particularly in the 1980s, won the Ladies Tournament at the World Series - a $158,625 pay day for two days work and probably more than she earned per day doing the TV version of The Magnificent Ambersons.

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