Articles by Wendeen Eolis

Gaming/Poker Articles

NOLAN DALLA: WSOP MEDIA DIRECTOR BRINGS IT ON (PART 1)

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper July 6, 2015  Today Nolan Dalla is in high gear for another starting day of the Main Event of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The WSOP’s longtime media director has been in residence, at theWSOP, since its inception at the Rio […]
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TAJ POKER ROOM FALLS FOR THE BORGATA

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper March 30, 2015 The Trump Taj Mahal Casino (‘Taj’) poker room drew its biggest crowd in years, for its closing weekend, last month. The nostalgic full house bore respectful witness to the downfall of Atlantic City’s once most iconic card room. People were there for a host […]
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INTERNAL MANAGEMENT CHANGE AFOOT AT POKER STARS

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper December 10, 2014 BREAKING NEWS: From the Continent to the Isle of Man and across the ocean to North America, word on the street is that the latest round of musical chairs inside Poker Stars has ended with Michael Hazel, Rational Group’s CFO, taking the seat at […]
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WILL AMAYA ACQUIRE POKERSTARS’ MIDAS TOUCH?

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper August 4, 2014 Now that Amaya Gaming has completed its purchase of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg and his son Mark, for whom he founded the company, are totally out. Daniel Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya, and the architect of the PokerStars deal, is totally in.  And today, U. S.  gaming companies are better positioned to compete against […]
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CALLING OUT SEXISM IN POKER: BEYOND MOLLY’S GAME

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper July 18, 2014 The bloom was still on the rose of the poker boom when James (Jimmy) Woods strolled into the Commerce Casino, just outside Los Angeles. We met up for coffee and then walked over to a no limit hold’em game with “open seating.” Tobey Maguire was in the […]
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WSOP BRANDING MACHINE: CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper July 1, 2014 Until moments after the 2009 WSOP final table proceedings in the fall, Jeffrey Pollack was the public face of the WSOP.  And then, suddenly, he announced his resignation and rushed off to take interviews that controlled the immediate spin on his departure.  He said he was ready […]
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WSOP BRANDING MACHINE: PLAYERS ARE THE STARS

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper June 9, 2014 Hours before the curtain rose on the 45th annual World Series of Poker, last minute wrangling amongst the collaborators was at a fever pitch. Behind the scenes, the organizers and the operator of the fabled tournament were still debating the planned theatrics to open the festivities. […]
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WSOP GRAND POOH BAH: TY STEWART

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper May 30, 2014 In the days leading up to the opening of the 2014 World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, the Grand Pooh Bah of the World Series of Poker, was beaming.  A five day trip had taken the WSOP Executive Director from Las Vegas to Macau where he […]
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POKER PLAYER NEWSPAPER TAKES FORWARD STEP

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper May 19, 2014 Last week, Stanley Sludikoff, publisher of Poker Player Newspaper, addressed card room personnel in an open letter saying, “For the past 30 years PPN has faithfully served card rooms across the country with a print edition available every two weeks.” He continued, “Costs to provide this service […]
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BORGATA TOURNAMENT DECISION IGNITES DEBATE

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper April 22, 2014 During the past week, since  the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its final order concerning the first event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open (“WPO”) last January, players have been arguing fiercely about the fairness  or unfairness of the rulings. Chatter has turned into […]
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