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The Mayfair Players

Updated: February 14, 2011, 10:10 AM ET
By Gary Wise | Special to ESPN.com

Earlier this month I wrote about the Mayfair, New York's historic card club that has spawned the careers of so many professional bridge, backgammon and poker players. If you read that article, you know that it wasn't just mystique that made it great, but a culture of shared knowledge and learning that led its contingent to untold heights and success.

As much as the Mayfair and its operators fostered that environment, the reality is that none of its players could have achieved what ...

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