It’s perhaps the dream of each and every poker fan out there to make the trip to Las Vegas and be at the WSOP. It practically behooves everyone working in the poker world to have made the pilgrimage to poker’s Mecca in Las Vegas at least once. That’s not always so easy though, even if you’re a poker writer.
Living half a world away but having poker pumping through your veins can create some serious WSOP FOMO. That’s what Bradley Chalupski writes about in this very personal essay.
Anyone who has ever been to the WSOP knows the sounds and sights of the Rio’s hallways. Along with the throngs of poker players bustling about, there are numerous salespeople hawking items to passersby. It turns out that many of them are Israeli.
These people are more than just vendors though. They’re hardworking people, each with their own stories. Being American-Israeli myself, I decided to get to know them better and bring their stories to light. Perhaps you’ll look at them a bit differently after reading this article.
James Taylor is the man responsible for producing Daniel Negreanu’s daily vlogs at the 2017 WSOP. He was kind enough to grant us an interview during which we got an exclusive behind-the-scenes picture and description of the work involved in putting together the final product we see each day.
We hope you enjoy listening + a transcript is provided for your convenience.
It is with tremendous joy that I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to attend the World Series of Poker for the second year in a row.
In this post, I reflect upon my experiences last summer during my first WSOP, including a memorable dinner with some poker legends, as well as upon the year that has transpired since that time.
I’ll be in attendance at the Rio and around Las Vegas meeting great people in poker and scouring for some of the best stories our game has to offer.
Hope to see you there!
During my first trip to the World Series of Poker, I filmed a number of clips, which I’ve compiled into a full-length video. It does quite a good job of documenting my experiences.
The smiles and happiness are genuine, and it brings me great pleasure to share them with you. If my WSOP video stirs your enthusiasm for poker, all I ask is that you consider spreading that joy with others. It warms my heart to see poker making people happy.