Epstein’s poker club is growing in numbers – I had the privilege of meeting GamingToday columnist George “The Engineer” Epstein at the Claude Pepper Seniors Poker Group in Los Angeles where he teaches poker classes for seniors.
My dad is retired, and I’m going to accompany him to George’s poker class, where there will be world-class poker players giving tips on how to improve your game. The group will play a tournament afterward to put their new knowledge into practice. That is very fun.
One day my dad asked me if I wanted to go to one of the talks where Marsha Wagoner and Robert Turner would be speaking. I thought about it for a moment, then said, “Okay. I’ve heard of Marsha, but who is Robert Turner? ”
His famous last words. In short, it was the day I would meet my future husband. Robert still likes to nag George about it every time we see him around the Los Angeles casinos.
George holds a very special place in our hearts, and this is his story:
George started playing poker as a pre-teen. He would play other kids for baseball cards. He continued to play on campus and on his ship when he was at sea during World War II, playing at the radar room planning table. After he retired from the aerospace industry in 1991, George decided it was important not to be a “couch potato,” so he decided poker would be his second career.
George is a tireless advocate for poker keeping the minds of seniors healthy. As George said, “A healthy mind helps maintain a healthy body.” He has been teaching poker classes to seniors at the Claude Pepper Senior Citizen Center since 2005. It started with just six people, and it grew and grew. People came from all over the area until the group grew to more than 200 members. George proudly said that not a single member (to his knowledge) had Alzheimer’s disease.
He is also a poker columnist for several publications, including Poker Digest, Card Player magazine, Poker Player Newspaper and Gaming Today.