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World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack Resigns

No Immediate Plans to Appoint a New Commissioner

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Jeffrey PollackJeffrey Pollack, the man who has been the organizational face of the World Series of Poker since 2006, has resigned from his post as World Series of Poker commissioner. There are no plans to immediately replace Pollack, according to the WSOP.

“It’s been a very good run, and I’m proud of the growth that the tournament, and poker, for that matter, have experienced,” Pollack told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I came into this role with a certain set of objectives, and now there’s a sense of accomplishment of how the World Series of Poker has expanded.”

Since 2006, the overall number of participants in the World Series has increased each year. Under Pollack’s reign, the organization emphasized the international aspect of the WSOP. In 2009, citizens and members from 115 different countries participated in at least one of the WSOP’s events.

The move comes six months after Harrah’s created a new division, Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment, to oversee online and international operations for the World Series of Poker. Harrah’s selected former PartyGaming executive Mitch Garber to become the CEO of HIE, while Pollack served as the president of the new subsidiary.

Pollack has been at the forefront of most of the major changes at the WSOP for the past few years, from the creation of the delayed final table and the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event to the formation of the Players Advisory Council and the new bracelet ceremonies held at the Rio.

In an interview with Card Player in May, just a week before news broke of Garber coming to Harrah’s to oversee the newly created HIE, Pollack was asked, “You’ve been in this role for four years now. Do you see yourself staying another four years?” Pollack replied, “If my bosses will have me.”

On Pollack’s final day with Harrah’s, the organization sent out a statement that reiterated that it was pleased with the results of the 2009 WSOP.

“The World Series of Poker remains the market leader, with this year’s tournament exceeding all expectations, and we are well-positioned for the future. There is no intention at this time to replace the commissioner role,” said a spokesperson for Harrah’s.

 
 
 
 

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Freedome
8 years ago

Of all the employees that Harrahs has laid off the past year, this is the first one that makes sense. He knew nothing of poker or poker tournaments and he had no business being called the commissioner, Harrahs is a greedy no good company that got lucky when buying the most prestigous tournament in the world, now if it would only get rid of the vice president of specialty gaming and that not head Effel, they would be stepping up to the "real world of poker".

 
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ncantoral
8 years ago

I am sorry, but I have to make this analogy. All the tweaks that Harrah's is making to the WSOP sounds a lot like all the tweaks that the BCS (bowl championship series) makes with its championship game selection criteria.

and for all you that have experience in manufacturing or anything to do with machinery, there are only so many ways to set up a machine and still have it work properly. sometimes you just have to let it run. You can't keep trying to fix it, eventually you will come full circle and end up where you started.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
8 years ago

My nominee for the next poker commissioner -- some guy named Jack Binion.

 
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kcabrozar
8 years ago

Harrah's should hire Johnny Grooms back for whatever salary he demands in whatever position he desires.

 
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AdamY
8 years ago

ncantoral, no need in apologizing for the analogy. Mike Matusow made a comment about the WSOP main event, saying "it's not a sprint, it's a marathon." - So I think most people would find it pretty strange if the New York City marathon was held in a format in which the runners finished all but the last mile, then came back 4 months later to run the last mile? All these yuppy corporate types that took over the WSOP when Harrah's corp. aquired it don't understand the integrity of the tournament, all they care about is how they can change it in a way that they theorize will make more money, even if it corrupts the integrity of the competition. Maybe someone can take over that will return it to it's former integrity, but probably not. I just know if I'm able to take down this tournament someday, I would prefer it to be in the fashion that Doyle, Stuey, Johnny, and Phil did it. To run the marathon all the way through until the end and be the last one standing..

 
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Wolfed
8 years ago

Harrah's did the typical large corporation thing: saw an opportunity to make money with an undervalued property by acquisition through increasing it's revenue streams and cutting costs. Brought in a corporate suit to do it. Guy knew nothing about poker, but was good at cutting all the "fat" (read player comps and services) and expanding the brand through the US and the world. I'll give him props for the brand expansion. However, he completely missed the boat on players. Saying that Pollock was "at the forefront of....formation of the Players Advisory Council" is akin to saying Hitler was at the forefront of the formation of the Resistance Movement of WWII.

Good riddance to his empty suit.....

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
8 years ago

First of all, megaprops to ESPN for doing the right thing and extending final table coverage thirty minutes. Thank you very much.

But, superstar that he is, ESPN spent way too much time keeping Phil Ivey around. 70% of the originally scheduled two hours to move from nine players to six was ridiculous.

ESPN would have more opportunities to focus on either the Lisandros, Ivey, and FBTs of the Series who are in the zone or the human interest stories if they were to show other events besides the ME, even if they were all hold'em. I still think the public would be stimulated by some variety. Adding an expert in the booth would improve the coverage, too.

 
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jokerhigh
8 years ago

THE POKER CHANNEL DOESNT EXIST YET
24/7 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS
THE WPT IS TO MUCH GLAMOUR AND NOT ENOUGH $$$$ FOR THE PLAYERS THAT PUT MONEY ON THE TABLES
MR POLLACK MOST LIKELY RESIGNED BECAUSE IT ISNT WORTH IT

 
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ssslipnssslide
8 years ago

is that esfandiari + 15 yrs?

 
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TXMaxx
8 years ago

GOOD!

 
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