Paul Soloway

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Paul Soloway (October 10, 1941 – November 5, 2007) was a world champion American bridge player. He won the Bermuda Bowl world team championship five times and won 30 North American Bridge Championships "national"-level events.

Soloway was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2002.[1] At the time of his death he held 65,511.92 masterpoints – more than any other player in history, and more than 6000 points ahead of second place.

Paul Soloway at the 10th World Bridge Championships, Lille, France, 1998.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Soloway nearly drowned at age three when he fell into a swimming pool at the home of family friend George Raft. He was saved by his uncle, gangster Bugsy Siegel, who jumped into the pool and pulled him out.[2]

Soloway learned to play bridge in college, where he majored in business studies. He first played duplicate bridge in 1962.[3] Shortly after graduation, he became a bridge professional. In 1971, he joined the Dallas Aces bridge team, but left after one year. In 1998 he joined the Nick Nickell team. He died in Seattle, Washington.[2]

Bridge accomplishments[edit]


  • ACBL Hall of Fame, 2002[1]
  • Lazard Sportsmanship Award 2001





  1. ^ a b "Induction by Year". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  2. ^ a b Phillip Alder (November 8, 2007). "Paul Soloway, 66, World Bridge Champion, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Soloway, Paul". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-21.

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