One of the privileges of working at the World Series of Poker every year is getting the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people, many who work in media.
Tatiana Pasalic and I have done numerous interviews together. Our most recent segment was posted at CalvinAyre.com, which appeared just a few days ago at their website.
Last year, I had the honor of emceeing the induction of Jack McClelland into the Poker Hall of Fame
All poker players owe a debt of gratitude to Jack McClelland, who has dedicated much of his life to the game he loves.
Jack served as tournament director of the World Series of Poker for more than a decade (1988 through 1999). He later ran many of the biggest and most successful events on the World Poker Tour (2002 through 2012). Jack also served as Tournament Director at the Bellagio for many years, until his retirement in 2013. He’s also a devoted poker player.
Because we’ve worked together off and on and been friends for many years, Jack has shared news of his most recent health crisis with me on a regular basis. I knew that many within the poker community — players and industry professionals alike — would want to know about his condition, and be kept up to date as to how he’s dealing with a life-threatening situation. No doubt, thousands of people care about Jack and want him to pull through, while he awaits a heart transplant. He granted permission to release various updates, which culminated in his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame, last year.
JACK MCCLELLAND — A MAN WITH HEART (February 2014)
AN UPDATE FROM JACK MCCLELLAND (September 2014)
THOUGHTS ON JACK MCLELLAND’S INDUCTION INTO THE POKER HALL OF FAME (October 2014)
Want to avoid long lines? Want to circumvent clamoring for a favorable spot in the pecking order? Want to ward off the disheartening possibility of getting turned away at the 2015 World Series of Poker?
Well, here’s some helpful advice on the best way to avoid rejection and heartache: PRE-REGISTER EARLY.
If your aspiration is to dine with me on some early evening between the dates of May 25th and July 16th, it’s highly recommended that you forward your request to me now, because my social and entertainment calendar will most certainly fill up to full capacity. Imagine the despair of boarding an airline and traveling all the way from your home to Las Vegas, only to have your last-minute invitation denied because I’ve already made a commitment to someone else on that night. Don’t let this humiliation happen to you!
Note: This is the third of three posts today about the upcoming 2015 World Series of Poker, which takes place at the Rio Las Vegas — May 27 to July 14.
Photo (L to R): Nolan Dalla, Gregory Grivas, Joel Garcia (who presented me with an outstanding bottle of Duet Zinfandel from Temecula Valley), and Poker Room Manager Christopher Gawlik — posing on the second floor of Planet Hollywood, where the second best tournament series in Las Vegas will be held this summer.
Can we talk straight?
Many of you who are reading this will be coming to the 2015 World Series of Poker, which takes place at the Rio. It’s basically my job to promote the hell out of the WSOP and everything happening on location, and I’m thrilled to do it for no other reason than that’s where the action is. Poker players love action, which makes cheerleading the WSOP an easy assignment.
Note: This is the second of three posts today about the upcoming 2015 World Series of Poker, which takes place at the Rio Las Vegas — May 27 through July 14.
By now, most poker players and followers of the game have heard that PokerNews.com will no longer serve as the primary content provider for tournament coverage at the World Series of Poker. That arduous task will now fall to the WSOP and its staff, of which I’ve been privileged to be a part of since Caesars Interactive Entertainment (then Harrah’s Entertainment) assumed full ownership and control of the world’s richest sporting competition, back in 2004.
I look upon this development with equal measures of regret, curiosity, and anticipation. Allow me to explain why such a range of emotions.