This Poker-Playing, Bond-Trading Orthodox Jew Is Giving All His Winnings to Charity. But Is It Kosher?

Wall Street is full of would-be poker pros. Gershon Distenfeld, the co-head of AllianceBernstein’s roughly $300 billion fixed-income investing unit, is a little different.

He is a Modern Orthodox Jew who is playing at the highest level of the game despite picking it up just a few years ago. The 45-year-old Mr. Distenfeld made it to the final table of the World Series of Poker main event in 2020 and last month won a coveted golden bracelet in another World Series event.