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Gershon Distenfeld Donate 2020 WSOP Winnings to Charity

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Gershon Distenfeld Donate 2020 WSOP Winnings to Charity

December 28, and one of nine players descending upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to battle it out is New Jersey’s Gershon “jets613” Distenfeld, who will begin play sixth in chips with 3,475,000.

Gershon Distenfeld, 44, was born in Queens, New York but now resides in Bergenfield, New Jersey with his wife of nearly 21 years, Aviva. Together they have three daughters Shoshana (19), Talia (15), Esti (13), and one son, Aryeh (4). He graduated from Yeshiva University with a BS in Finance in 1997.

Interestingly, Distenfeld’s birthday is December 30, meaning if he wins the final table and goes on to face Damian Salas in heads-up play for the bracelet and additional $1 million, he’d battling on his 45th birthday.

“I was born on the exact same day as Tiger Woods, December 30, 1975,” he said. “He apparently took all the golf talent destined for that day. Hopefully, I took all the poker talent!”

Finding Poker as a Hobby

A recreational player, Distenfeld works for AllianceBernstein as co-head of Fixed Income and Director of Credit. His position has led to him being a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and CNBC. In fact, the day after making the final table he was able to share the news to a mainstream audience by making an announcement on Bloomberg Surveillance Simulcast (at the 1:14:20 mark).

“I mainly started watching on TV in the Moneymaker era,” said Distenfeld, a passionate fan of the New York Jets and New York Rangers. “Eventually started reading/studying a lot and finally began to play in casinos. I gravitated towards tournaments over cash games. I have been going to the WSOP for a week in June for most of the past several years where I’ve played in some of the events, but this is my first Main Event.”

For Distenfeld, part of poker’s allure was the fact that he could use many of his professional skills in the game.

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