As WSOP Commissioner Resigns Speculation Arises As To His ReplacementNovember 24, 2009 9:36 am
The recent resignation of Jeffery Pollack as the official spokesperson and commissioner of the WSOP, has got the poker community wondering who will be found to replace him.
Pollack (45) parted on good terms and resigned claiming he had accomplished all he had set out to do. He stated at the time: “The arc of my entire career has always been to move on to something different every four or five years, so the time seemed right for me to make this move. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the WSOP these last few years. I will always be a fan and friend to the poker community….”
Although Harrah’s have announced that they have “no intention at this time to replace the Commissioner role,” rumours are circulating as to who will be the replacement come the time. Gary Trask of Casino City.com compiled a list of possible candidates including Dennis Phillips, Howard Lederer and Daniel Negreanu. However, he believes the 2009 inductee to the Poker Hall of Fame would be the obvious choice. He says:
“It’s unusual in any industry – but particularly in poker – to have someone who seemingly has no enemies or detractors…He’s arguably done more for the game than anyone else and his knowledge of the game from all angles and the respect he owns would make him a perfect choice to be the next WSOP commissioner.”
Another possible candidate mentioned was Annie Duke, of whom he says is,
“.. definitely one of the top choices. But Duke is much more comfortable in front of the media and if you’ve ever witnessed one of her performances at a court hearing to fight for the rights of poker, you know how passionate she is about the game. Duke gained instant recognition from non-poker people from her performance on Celebrity Apprentice and while she may not always be the most likable person in the room, you can’t argue with her expertise and knowledge and the manner in which she presents them.”
Without a doubt it is a role Annie Duke appreciates the importance of as following his resignation she said, “I don’t think people know how much Jeffrey Pollack has done for the players. Our biggest defender and protector is gone from WSOP.”
Maybe her passion for poker and her appreciation of the job would make Annie ideal for the position. In the meantime watch this space.