Heimowitz started playing poker for baseball cards at the age of 9. He went on to join the U.S. Army; by the time he left the service at age 21, Heimowitz had won approximately $10,000 playing against his fellow servicemen.
Heimowitz used this money to invest in a beer company, which he later sold to Budweiser.
As of 2009, he has made over $2,000,000 in live tournament winnings. His 36 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,503,615 of those winnings.
Outside of poker, Heimowitz enjoys keeping himself fit. He lives with his wife Carole (they married in 1960.) They have four sons (Eddie, Lonnie, Roy and Neil) and grandchildren (Katelyn, Jaclyn, Angelo, Max, Sofia, Jake, Anatoly, Casey, and Neil Patrick).