Also known as “X-22”, Paul David Magriel Jr. was born in United States on July 1st, 1946.He is an expert backgammon and poker player and writer of a few books. He additionally built up a hypothesis on competitions that is utilized right up ’til today. He was also a fellow of the National Science Foundation at Princeton University.
Magriel began his expert life as a chess player. At the age of 19, he won the New York State Junior Chess Championship; all things considered, backgammon was the game that made him renowned all around the globe. On top of being a popular as a player, he is considered as one of the best backgammon theoreticians, observers and instructors of all times. For many backgammon enthusiast, there is no other backgammon player in sight who can contend and exceed Magriel’s accomplishments. He won the World Backgammon Championship in 1978 and has gathered various imperative trophies and special recognition ever since. His notoriety in the world of backgammon incorporates remarkable verbal and composing capacities as an observer, and additionally being the ‘celebrity and aristocracy’ backgammon educator.
The jewel of his work, albeit written in 1976, is the principal book he composed together with his first spouse, Renee Magriel. The book, “Backgammon” is thought to be the Bible of backgammon, painstakingly learnt and remembered by any genuine and aspiring backgammon player. Magriel also wrote a few different books such, ‘An Introduction to Backgammon: A Step-by-Step Guide’, served as a live commentator at large backgammon occasions and broadcast backgammon arrangement. Paul and his wife also collaborated on weekly backgammon columns published in the The New York Times starting in 1978. He worked for quite a long while The New York Times‘ backgammon columnist. He has contended in and won competitions everywhere throughout the world and is widely considered to be the world’s best backgammon teacher, its most accomplished theorist, and one of the game’s premier players.
However, amid the 90’s of the earlier century, Magriel has widened his exercises to incorporate proficient poker competitions and theories. Magriel had a few critical completions in poker competitions from the mid 90’s in Europe, playing in London, Vienna and Paris and taking an interest in Texas Hold’em, Omaha and 7 card stud competitions. He won the 2,000 Euro no-limit Hold’em event at the Aviation Club de France in September 2002, defeating a field that included professional players such as Pascal Perrault, Patrick Bruel, Simon “Aces” Trumper and more on the way to win the 48,600 Euro first prize. In March 2003 he reached his first World Poker Tour (WPT) final table, and finished at 4th place in the $5,000 no-limit Hold’em World Poker Challenge event in Reno, Nevada, taking about $30,000. Magriel has since finished in the money on many occasions at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and has made the last table on the Professional Poker Tour and Ultimate Poker Challenge.
Paul Magriel, one of the world’s top backgammon and poker players and authors, lives today in Las Vegas, Nevada, together with his second spouse and the mother of his child, who is an expert poker player herself.