Robison was a professional bridge and poker player. His bridge titles included the 2004 World Senior Cup (Istanbul), the North American Swiss Teams (1979, 1990), the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams (1984), the Open Pairs (1985) and the NABC+ IMP Pairs (1998). He had five second-place finishes in national-level contests, including the 2005 Vanderbilt Knockout Teams. Robison's masterpoint total of 17,218 placed him 78th on the list of all-time masterpoint holders.
Fellow expert Jill Meyers remembered Robison for "his great sense of humor." Another expert, Paul Ivaska, agreed: "I'll especially remember three things about Jim. The first two are how he won the 1979 North American Swiss Teams with a partner, R. J. Becker, whom he picked up literally at game time, and, of course, his aggressive, fearless, imitable bidding style. But, most of all, I'll never forget his delightful, if mischievous, sense of humor and the wonderful smile that accompanied it almost to the very end."
Robison is survived by his wife, Carol Pincus, another world-class player with multiple NABC titles.