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Jack McCLelland — Part One

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Nov 26, 2014

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As I’m sure you have heard, Jack McClelland will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame this year, along with Daniel Negreanu. I know many younger players probably aren’t too familiar with Jack. A few, I’m sure, don’t even know who he is. This is mind-boggling to me. The man is truly a living legend. Jack was the tournament director of the World Series of Poker for around 20 years and molded tournaments into what we know today. Jack was around before the Internet, before the Lipscomb camera, before tons of televised poker shows, and especially before smart ass tournament directors like Matt Savage (Jack has come to and played in my Montana tournament, Matt hasn’t!). Speaking of Montana, I’m still up here, so I couldn’t meet with Jack in person. However, he was nice enough to spare me an hour of his time over the phone to talk ...


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