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In Las Vegas 22 year old Peter east gate won the World Series of overtaking -- more than nine million boxes we just are joining us from Las Vegas now.
Jeffrey Pollack he is commissioner of the World Series of poker and winner of three WS OP -- himself with -- -- Ten million dollars and -- over earnings Daniel Negron.
Brittney griner excuse me professional poker -- I get right Daniel.
Boy got it and try to get an upper -- -- -- app app for all congratulations.
-- -- -- -- -- one of them.
But you started pretty you have one -- -- when you're what 23.
The first that I played with so much for a very different event than it is today it would cost point for years all -- it went.
That becoming the youngest at the time but that's changed now how -- it changed in what way.
Well thanks you know Jeffrey Pollack and Harris when he took over the World Series of poker well it sort of -- Chris moneymaker boom we've seen an evolution.
-- a lot more mainstream more corporate spots that are involved in just sheer numbers it's bigger than it's ever been now Jeffrey it was inevitable that if you know if you make money at something a lot of people are gonna wanna come in and change it make it bigger and better.
How much of the game have you managed to to retain I mean have you and -- -- -- game at all for the sake of all the advertising money there.
Now we haven't compromised the game and and in fact what we've done what what makes the World Series of poker so special is that we have a forty year.
Tradition history and heritage that -- -- that sets us apart from every year every other poker brand and all we've done over the last three years.
It take it through new level applied the good principles of sports business management to the World Series of poker we have a terrific partnership with ESPN.
We have sponsorship from Miller -- -- -- Planters nuts.
We operate the World Series of poker as though we it is a world class sports league.
And as a result we're now the third most watched sport on cable television.
And our numbers in terms of participation.
Have grown every year we had more than 58000.
Operatives depends this year our -- for the over -- -- eighty million.
And top prize actually this morning to Peter -- nine point one million island where the -- where the richest sporting event on the planet.
And you have great the great thing about I love sports where where anybody you can see yourself.
In the position of the winners you know a lot of these football players there's no way I could look at -- -- -- imagine myself was one of the these guys look like us.
You know that's exactly right sports marketing is fundamentally about the selling of hope.
But you can't buy your way on -- an NBA court you can't buy your way onto an NFL field.
You can watch us on television one year and decide you know what.
I'm gonna enter the next and I'm gonna compete against someone like Daniel.
And and potentially walk away.
I'll with the World Series of poker bracelet which is the most coveted prize in the sport Jeffrey -- ante up because what about ten grand.
Well we have 55 different events the buy in -- range from 15100.
Our most popular event is the main event which Peter one and that's -- 101000 dollar buy and unbelievable so you get money from that you get money from sponsors -- money from the television stations you're doing all right.
We're doing all right but our goal is to try and make this event.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well that's a great things about poker is that people come from all different walks of life it doesn't discriminate.
Whether you're male female young old whatever background you have poker offers you an a level playing field -- -- I would have loved.
To be an NBA star or you know hockey player but -- like 59 -- -- forty soaking wet.
Just let that happen too -- to be a jockey -- poker you know they welcome me with open arms.
Is is there -- problem Danielle with addiction now because there it is it is gambling -- -- that's the nature of poker.
There are people would get a big that you see people lose their lose their lives as a result of this.
You know I would say they have any form of gambling -- poker be the least likely to create an addiction because -- much slower paced game those people that are generally -- -- gamblers are looking for something that's faster pace whether slots blackjack but.
Poker really a thinking man's game and it actually teaches you if anything how to gamble better and -- -- but understanding the other content that.
Getting the best of -- -- you really.
It actually helps I think in some cases people go from gambling addiction to learning okay.
I thought this all figured out.
-- we've got to leave it at that guys congratulations on both of your success is Daniel and Jeffrey appreciate you coming -- scoreboard thanks very much thank you.
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