Gabriel ( play) Kaplan ( born March 31, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American former professional poker player, actor and television presenter. Kaplan played in the 1970s in the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, the main role. He was up to and including the 6th season commentator for GSN's High Stakes Poker.
In his youth, Kaplan wanted to be a baseball player. However, he managed not to jump in one of the higher leagues and then decided to turn to other interests. Kaplan later began to work in a hotel in New Jersey. There he first came in contact with some comedians, after which he decided to devote himself to stand-up comedy. In this area, Kaplan was so successful that he brought it within 18 months to five appearances on the Tonight Show. In the further course of his first music album was released with the name Holes and Mello - Rolls. From 1975 to 1979 he was the lead actor in the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. In the following years, he starred in several films.
Gabe Kaplan played for the first time at the World Series of Poker in 1978. His greatest success to date he posted in July 2004, when he was third at a Poker Tour event of the World and won a quarter of a million U.S. dollars. In addition, he was in a tournament of the World Series of Poker 2005 Second and received over $ 200,000.
His last tournament he played in March 2010. Till then he won $ 1,732,858 in official tournaments.
Today Kaplan moderated mainly poker events in U.S. television. These include the National Heads - Up Poker Championship tournaments of the World Series of Poker, the Intercontinental Poker Championship and the cash game format High Stakes Poker, where he has worked as an expert.