Steve Zolotow: A Trip Through Gambling Lore With a Poker Legend

Chasing Poker Greatness Podcast Episode 171

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Today’s guest on CPG is a living legend in the poker and sports betting world who is a treasure trove of amazing, amazing stories… The one and only Steve “The Bald Eagle” Zolotow.

Steve’s path to CPG was pretty unique.

I was doing my monthly webinar for Poker Coaching when I got a question from “Stephen Zolotow”… whose name I totally butchered because my brain was way too slow in making the connection…

It was so slow, in fact, that the first question I asked was, “Oh, are you related to Steve Zolowtow?”


When I finally gathered my wits, I awkwardly asked him out on a date while on the job, he gave me his digits, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Steve’s career in the skilled gambling arena has now spanned 50 (!!) years and he has routinely found himself smack dab in the middle of some of the most iconic periods of time in all of gambling lore.

Here’s a little taste to whet your appetite:

Steve was a member of the famous Mayfair Club that used to be the favorite haunt of poker legends Erik Seidel, Stuey Ungar, Howard Lederer, Jason Lester, and Paul Magriel.

Steve was the first to meet a CalTech analytics wizard who would go on to change the course of the entire sports betting industry.

Today’s show with Steve Z will eventually be a two-parter (Maybe even more if I can convince him to keep coming back on) because locked away in his mind are way, way too many amazing poker stories to unravel in only a couple short hours.

So strap in to your seat and prepare yourself to go on an adventure through the well-lived life of a poker icon… This is Steve Zolotow on Chasing Poker Greatness.

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