To some, poker dealers are just a revolving cast of nameless people sitting and tossing cards at the felt. Every dealer has a story though, and some, like Emily DeLaine, certainly stand out.
In this interview, we learn about how Emily has quickly risen to prominence as a dealer at the World Series of Poker, what it takes to achieve success as a dealer, and what keeps her going in what can definitely be an exciting but also demanding and sometimes unrewarding profession.
Longtime poker fans have a soft spot for the old Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker TV shows. One person who had a front row seat to almost all the action was Mary Gregorich, who dealt almost every season of those shows along with other high-profile TV poker shows.
In this exclusive interview, Mary reminisces about the good old days, sharing some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. We also learn more about what she’s up to nowadays, running Ship It Poker Cruises.
The story of John Henry battling it out vs. a rail driving machine is a well known legend. Recently, WSOP bracelet winner Chris Wallace got to wondering how the story would sound if the tale were adopted to the poker felt.
With that in mind, he came up with this fun creative writing story. We hope you enjoy it.
While it’s of course a player’s responsibility to pay attention at the table, having to put up with a dealer who isn’t up to par can become pretty insufferable, especially if they keep on making mistakes that affect the outcome of the game.
In this month’s Ask the Poker Experts column, we polled four poker legends – Jan Fisher, Maria Ho, Matt Savage, and Mike Sexton – to see how they would deal with such a situation. It’s a tough question, but also not an uncommon situation that poker players have to deal with. Let’s see how our experts would respond.
We can learn a lot from and be inspired by people who follow their dreams. Ryan Sackett had a dream of becoming a live poker dealer. He decided not to “let life get in the way” and decided to pursue those dreams.
Now, he’s a successful poker dealer. Read more about his story and get inspired.
Typically, experience and expertise are things worth paying a premium for. It’s time for the WSOP to change the status quo and do the same, as far as dealer compensation is concerned.
This blog post calls for poker players to sign a petition, asking that the WSOP begin rewarding their dealers based on experience and excellence. It is my sincere hope that you support the initiative.