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Dan Fleyshman Wins First Annual CEO Poker Tourney

Whos's Your Daddy Executive Claims Chairman of Poker Title


Day One of the 2006 CEO Poker Tournament at the Palms Las VegasDan Fleyshman Wins the 2006 CEO Poker TournamentThe results are in for the first annual CEO Poker Tournament held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and Who's Your Daddy CEO Dan Fleyshman from SanDiego, CA, took home the trophy and $43,350 in prize money.

World CEO Entertainment's William Peraza, Jr., along with the president of CEO Poker Maria Gomez, organized the event, while veteran tournament director Robert Thompson ran the five-day affair. Notable players included this year's WSOP final tablist Rhett Butler, high-stakes poker player Craig Hartman, and Las Vegas local Sam Bertolini. However, the CEO Poker Tournament was an amateur event, so players like Todd Brunson and Scott Fischman were denied entry due to their professional status.
Sam Bertolini
The $5,000 championship had 21 players and lasted two days. First out in the money, in fifth place, was Tim Murphy of Elite Racing of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Representing Euro RSCG of New York was Tom Messner who came in fourth, and Sam Feldman of SL Feldman & Associates from Hawaii went out in third place. But it was anyone's game as Who's Your Rhett ButlerDaddy CEO Dan Fleyshman went heads up against Viatec's Danny Gunn of Victoria, British Columbia. In a series of all-ins that lasted for over an hour, the two traded chip leads until Fleyshman landed on top, leaving Danny Gunn with the second-place title of Vice Chairman of Poker.

"I've played this game with some of the icons of poker in the past," said Fleyshman posing next to his trophy. "T.J. Cloutier is one of my idols and I played against him and others at the Bellagio during last year's Festa al Lago."

Winning a poker tournament among his peers isn't the only notch on the young CEO's belt, as the 25-year-old claims to be the youngest man ever to own a publicly traded company. Who's Your Daddy, Inc. is a licensing firm with a collection of clothing that advertises the catchy phrase, along with a line of popular energy drinks.Danny Gunn at the 2006 CEO Poker Tournament

When asked about his experiences during the first annual CEO Poker Tournament, Fleyshman said, "It felt like a fraternity. I got to exchange business ideas with my comrades. There was a lot of networking going on and I think we all came away from this with something." He added, "It felt more like a fellowship than a poker tournament."

Dan Fleyshman, Robert Thompson, William PerazaWhen asked if he'd return to defend his title at next year's CEO Poker Tournament, Fleyshman exclaimed, "Absolutely! This event is just going to get bigger and better every year."

Click here for the official results of this year's CEO Poker Tournament.