More than 20 years of getting to know poker have not eroded Wendeen Eolis' enthusiasm for it as she prepares for this year's World Series of Poker, when she'll be "playing" one of her biggest hands ever as the chair of the World Poker Association, and its efforts to polish poker's image and shape its future.
Turning Stone Resort & Casino [www.turningstone.com] poker boss Jason DiBenedetto may have a cure for those under 21 blues, the I'm-too young blahs among poker buffs.
He's one of the most recognizable faces in the UK poker circuit and may also be reasonably well known in Vegas, considering he's visited there several times a year for most of the last two decades. In fact not long ago, Neil Channing estimated that he'd spent a total of two years of his life in Sin City.
Poker Player Editor Lou Krieger stayed busy running between several different interests during the last years of the 1990s: His work as a management consultant for various political subdivisions such as cities and school districts; interesting up to certain point but by the mid-1990s it was beginning to leave him a little cold.
Playing poker whenever he found the time because the game had been part of his life since those childhood years when he peered over the shoulders of the adults in the Brooklyn home games sponsored by his family.
Hawaiian Gardens shift manager Nancy Grout says it was the long ago phone call from a girlfriend that changed everything, taking her across the country and into a new life.
She was back home in Pittsburgh on a break from studies at a Miami fashion school on a day in the mid- 1970s when she got a call from the friend whose family had moved to Las Vegas.
"Her father had been a policeman in Pittsburgh," Nancy says, "and he went out to Las Vegas to be a security guard at the MGM which was then the new big place in town."
This is the third and final installment of Jennifer Matiran's interview with Annie Duke.
During their initial conversation, Annie said, "I know players that have more talent in their pinky than I do in my whole body and they're broke."
"What do you mean?"
Jennifer asked. "They have leaks," said Annie.
"Leaks, what are leaks?" Jennifer asked curiously. "Leaks are when someone wins at the poker table and then proceeds to bet what they won on something else, and they end up losing everything they won in the first place."
David "Chip" Reese was, born in Dayton Ohio in 1951 and died in his sleep December 4, 2007. Widely regarded as one of the best poker players in the world and the youngest player inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, this profile was done by Phil Hevener a few years ago. Poker Player Newspaper is presenting it again, in honor of Reese's memory. -Lou Krieger, Editor
David 'Chip' Reese died in his sleep early on the morning of December 4, 2008. He 'folded' quietly, and although he may have lost this, the last hand he played, he was a winner in the game of life.
Jesse Jones figures he took a big step forward on behalf of poker players everywhere two years ago when the World Poker Association was incorporated.
He had arrived, it seemed, at the right moment with a good idea. The retired real estate investor and cancer survivor who calls Las Vegas home, figures the best is still to come as WPA membership grows.
Going home again felt like a good idea, something he could afford to do, so Jerry Yang and his family said goodbye to Southern California and headed north. That was last summer after Yang played his way through 6,357 players to win the $8.25 million first prize that goes with taking the main event at the World Series of Poker.
This kind of money can put big decisions within easy reach, so he and his wife quit their jobs and returned to the Fresno area where he had gone to high school before heading off to seek his fortune.