Jake Jacobs Like his hero, Lefty Markowitz, Jake Jacobs has played blackjack professionally, could stand to lose a few pounds, and gain more than a few hairs. There the resemblance ends. Jake is from the Chicago area, where they know vastly more about pizza than do the New Yorkers, and he has never worn a uniform: police, military, or Streets and Sanitation. He has done a few other things to pass the time and make some money including: law clerking; computer operation and programming; pizza delivery; taxicab driving and dispatching; phone sales; video store management; casino management; acting; magazine editing; screenwriting and film production; and international consulting among them. Besides traveling the world playing blackjack he is also a top-ranked backgammon player, is the author of two books on the game, and continues to write a monthly column for the online site Gammon Village. Over the years he has lived in Japan, the Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Thailand, and has spent considerable time in other parts of Asia including the Philippines. These days he lives in Singapore with his wife Ta, daughter Sasithon, his dog Somtam - an Australian Chihuahua with a Thai name - assorted turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, and as many geckos as can sneak through the cracks.