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Bob "The Coach" Ciaffone

 

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I met Coach in 1970 when I began playing Bridge in Detroit. Below are a few pictures of our friendship throughout the years. Coach has given VCO permission to pick out "The Best" of his many Poker columns he has written over the years to share with our VCO readers. Marleen Marino VCO Publisher

Bob's bio from his personal Web site reads;

I was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 10, 1940, the son of Alfred and Marjorie Ciaffone, their only child. We moved to Baldwin, Long Island in 1943 and to Saginaw, Michigan in 1951. My dad was the Director of Catholic Family Service for the Saginaw Diocese for about 25 years; my mother was a librarian. (Both my parents are now deceased.) I grew up in Saginaw, graduating from St. Andrew High School in 1957.


My gameplaying started at an early age. I learned chess at age four, poker at age nine, and bridge at age fifteen. The game that influenced the course of my life the most in my early years was pool. I first learned how to play when I was a sixteen-year-old freshman at the University of Notre Dame. The result was I spent a lot of time in the university poolroom, and became a good player. Unfortunately, despite being the highest-rated person in my class according to the entrance exams, I eventually flunked out of school. When you are handy with a cuestick, the money comes easy, and you have ample opportunity to get involved with other forms of gambling.


I've never been married. Frankly, this was not a deliberate decision, just the way things turned out.


I moved to the Detroit area in 1968 and lived there for 12 years. Some other places I have lived are Dallas from 1980 to 1983, Las Vegas from 1983 to 1994, and Downey (in the Los Angeles area) from 1994 to 1996. I moved back to Saginaw in May of 1996 so I could live with my father after my mother died. The move worked out fine for me, enjoying life with father, and having the time to devote to writing. My dad died in July of 2003, but I am going to remain in Saginaw. I have a home which I love, and a sleepy town is just what I need to continue writing more books.

My lifestyle has had its plusses and minuses, but on balance my life has been a happy one. There have been two great joys. First, I have been able to earn a living doing something I love. Second, I have made an enormous number of friends through my gameplaying.

Some of the places Coach is a contributing columnist:

www.checknraisepoker.com/about/roberts_rules/

 


 

Bob Ciaffone

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bob Ciaffone

 

Nickname(s)

The Coach

Hometown

Saginaw, Michigan

 

 

World Series of Poker

   

Bracelet(s)

0

Money finishes

5

Highest ITM main event finish

3rd, 1987

Bob "The Coach" Ciaffone (born December 10, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the author of Robert's Rules of Poker, and an American poker player, based in Saginaw, Michigan.

Ciaffone finished third in the 1987 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event, winning $125,000. In that same year, he finished fourth in the WSOP $2,500 pot limit Omaha hold 'em event and fifth in the WSOP $1,000 no limit Texas hold 'em event. As of 2006, his total live tournament winnings exceed $220,000.

A regular columnist in Card Player Magazine, Ciaffone is a noted authority on U.S. gambling laws related to poker. He founded Fair Laws on Poker, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving local, state, and national laws that apply to poker. He was the president of the Michigan Chess Association in 2003 and is the author of four books on poker and two books on chess, as well as having been awarded the Life Master title by the United States Chess Federation.

As of 2007, his total live tournament winnings exceed $230,000

 

I'd like to personally welcome Coach to the VCO family.

Marleen Marino / Publisher

 
 
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