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.
He was on the road again, poker pro Lee Watkinson and his friends.
There he was on an afternoon in mid-September, sitting around his London hotel waiting for a plane out of there, still deciding on his next stop in search of poker table action.
How many British pro players can you name? I imagine most North American poker enthusiasts can only think of a handful of the most high profile players, such as Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot, Roland de Wolfe, or maybe Ram Vaswani. There is however one player from over here who you should also know about, as his status in the UK is nothing short of legendary.
Normandie Casino General Manager Karlo Deza was a college student when he landed his first job in the poker business at the Gardena casino.
It was 1994, Deza was 21, trying to help his mom out and had been told that working as a poker dealer would be a good gig, a nice way of getting over the hump, financially speaking, as he moved toward a degree while also helping his family get what it needed in this land of opportunity that they called home. Deza had arrived on the West Coast with his mother from the Philippines some years before.
Venetian Poker Operations Director Kathy Raymond was recalling the essence of that long ago time when she reached one of those life-changing moments and decided enough is enough. This was the early 1990s, a time when poker was a refuge she visited to escape the rigors of her 8 to 5 job as a certified public accountant.
A CPA, of all things ... if the people who know her now can even imagine such a thing.
"I was bored out of my head," is the way she remembers it. There had to be something with a bit more pizzazz to it, and so she gave the issue serious thought.
Editor's Note: Here are just about the last words that Byron Liggett wrote on July 4, 2007. Ironically, it is about his personal journey in the world of poker. We thought you might like to read it.
After completing my Master's in U.S. History, I discovered I was not a teacher. I eventually got a job as the PR person for the county planning department in Vancouver, WA.
If you play online poker tournaments, you have probably come across Annette_15. She's been taking the poker world by storm over the last few months. Her real name is Annette Obrestad. The 18-year old poker prodigy is from Stavanger, a coastal town in southwest Norway that was once considered the herring capital of the world. These days, it's the home town of one of the best online poker players in the world.
Something important happened when professional artist Sandra Palmer discovered poker. "Suddenly, my lifelong passion for art and my new passion for poker fused in a kaleidoscope of ideas and inspiration," she told Poker Player.
Since then, Sandra has been producing some of the most unique, acclaimed art for poker players. Especially popular have been her eye-catching cardprotector pieces. Working with heavy metals like zinc and nickel plate, she designs card-cover pieces that are a little larger than a silver dollar.
The way millionaire sports handicapper and professional personality Wayne Allyn Root remembers it, his fascination with big time politics took root - yes, that IS a pun - about the time he was handing out Barry Goldwater for president material while cradled in his father's arms.