Alan Meltzer left $1.5 million to doorman and driver

Alan Meltzer with President Obama.

Just few months ago the poker community was sad to learn that recreational high-stakes poker player Alan Meltzer had passed away. Now New York Post reports, that Meltzer repaid two faithful workers who gave him a shoulder to cry on — by making them rich after his death.

“I don’t know what to do exactly with the money, but one thing I know for sure — every year, I’m going to bring the guy some flowers at his grave,’’ said suddenly rich chauffeur Jean Laborde, who received $1 million from boss Alan Meltzer’s $10 million estate.

Upper East Side doorman Chamil Demiraj said he would be eternally grateful to Meltzer, too. Demiraj, of Midwood, Brooklyn, received about $500,000 from Meltzer’s will.

“I appreciate it,” Demiraj said. “He was a generous guy. He was a really good friend of mine, and I was a good friend of his. It’s a surprise. Peace and rest to him. That’s all I can say.”

Meltzer was a wealthy music executive who made regular trips to Las Vegas to compete in some of the toughest cash games in the world.

In 2009, Meltzer made an appearance on High Stakes Poker and played many big pots against the likes of Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, Eli Elezra and Doyle Brunson. He played one memorable pot with Dwan and saw more than $500,000 end up in the middle.

Source: New York Post


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