Poker players around the world have been paying tribute to the late Paul Magriel, who recently passed away at the age of 71.
Magriel was quite a familiar face on the live poker tournament scene, where he became known for his signature “quack quack” phrase when making a bet at the tables.
While Magriel was an avid poker player, his nickname "X-22" originated from the Backgammon world, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players ever lived before making his transition into poker.
Above: Paul Magriel eliminates Phil Hellmuth from the 2005 WSOP Main Event.
After hearing the sad news, fellow poker players like Erik Seidel and poker author Nolan Dalla paid their respects to the late Backgammon legend:
Woke up to the sad news that backgammon legend Paul Magriel (X-22) has passed away. He changed the game w his book, was a generous & enthusiastic teacher, he changed my life & the lives of many others
Magriel's last cash in a live poker tournament was during last year's World Series of Poker. Magriel had over $500,000 in total live tournament career cashes. He is survived by his wife and a son.