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Agent Vaildates Poker Champion Gold's Story

Gandolfini's Agent Support's Gold's Claims

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Numerous rumors about Jamie Gold have circulated since he began his meteoric run to win the World Series of Poker main event and a $12 million first-place cash. Gold's past as a celebrity agent was questioned on many online sites and by the gaggle of media attending the WSOP.

Jamie Gold in the WSOP Main Event

Despite continued scrutiny and criticism from media outlets, Gold repeatedly refused to dignify the negative publicity surrounding him.

Gold is, however, receiving support from several people in the Hollywood including a former client's current agent. James Gandolfini, known for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, has been one of the bigger names mentioned on Gold's former client roster, but many people questioned the validity of Gold's claims about management until recently.

In a copy of a letter recently obtained by Card Player, Gandolfini's current agent, Mark Armstrong, a former Gold colleague at HWA and then Gold Bouchard management, defended his former associate. "Jamie did indeed represent as an agent or manager James Gandolfini (who I currently represent), Lucy Liu, Felicity Huffman, and Jimmy Fallon, who he helped bring to Los Angeles from Albany to get his start. Any inference otherwise is incorrect," Armstrong wrote.

Gold's history as an agent has also been documented in several Variety.com postings, including one from July 23, 1997, that verified Gold's signing of former New Kid On the Block-turned-actor Donnie Walhberg.