Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach – or they join the poker media. At least that is what some in the poker world think about various members of the poker media. We are making money by writing about the game so we couldn’t possibly have game right?
I won’t lie. Some of us have no business in a poker room. However, others have proven that they have game but they have chosen to make a living via the media for various reasons.
Today we will take a look at a few members of the poker media that have proven the naysayers wrong and have put together deep runs at the World Series of Poker. For those expecting to see names like Mike Sexton or Bernard Lee on this list, we are excluding players that consider themselves pro players or that are in the Poker Hall of Fame.
As much as Norman Chad clowns on himself for not being able to play poker, the truth is that he has enjoyed multiple deep runs at the World Series of Poker and even has a WSOP final table appearance.
WSOP 10k stud8 update: I have gone bust so quickly, I don't even think my dry cleaning is ready yet. #ShouldveAskedForNoStarch— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) June 26, 2016
In 2011, Chad went deep in the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo Event, finishing in 12th. A year earlier, he finished 32nd in the same event. In 2012, Chad surprised everyone by making the final table of the $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event. He ultimately finished 6th for $36,093 but proved that he does have gave.
In 2014, he went one step further, going deep in the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Event. He just missed his second career final table, finishing 10th and earning $34,550. However, being able to compete with the caliber of pros that frequent the $10k events earned him a new level of respect for his Stud 8 game.
Key to my WSOP success: Opponents tend to underestimate me because I have a rank-of-hands card on the table. #FishCanSwimToo— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) June 22, 2016
Kara Scott is primarily known to casual poker fans as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s World Series of Poker broadcasts. However, she has quite the poker resume that including back-to-back cashes in the WSOP Main Event.
In 2008, she had an amazing run in the Main Event and ultimately finished 104th for $41,816. The next year, she didn’t get quite as deep but still managed a 238th place finish for $32,963.
Scott came close to her first WSOP final table in 2013 when she ran deep in Event #40, a $1,500 NL Event. With the poker world rooting her on, she eventually finished 17th out of a field of 2,161.
Playing the 'Blowfish' on @888poker. Coincidentally also how I feel after eating a whole loaf of homemade bread (shut up, it was delicious)— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) June 26, 2016
Former PokerNews personality Tiffany Michelle may only have one WSOP cash in her career, but boy did she make it count. She entered the 2008 WSOP with the backing of Tony G and proceeded to enjoy a blessed run that resulted in her becoming that year’s “Last Woman Standing.”
“Hot Chips” eventually finished the event in 17th place, earning $334,534. Her deep run also earned her a sponsorship deal with UB.com.
Casual poker fans may have never heard of Garry Gates, but many of us that work in the poker media know him well. He is the former Live Reporting Manager for PokerNews and former Media Coordinator for the LAPT, NAPT and APPT. He presently serves as the North American Live Events Coordinator for PokerStars.
Despite being in the industry since 2007, it wasn’t until 2010 that he started posting live tournament results. Since that time, he has multiple WSOP cashes, including a deep run in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. That year, he navigated through 6,865 players to finish in 173rd place for $47,107.
Garry nearly made his first WSOP final table in 2013, going deep in Event #40, a $1,500 NL Event. Yes, the same event Kara Scott finished in 17th. Garry did a bit better, just missing the final table with an 11th place finish.
World Series of Texting. 📱 pic.twitter.com/zDsXwEcArB— Garry Gates (@GarryGates) July 8, 2015
Just last year, Garry made his second Main Event cash, finishing in 247th. He already has one cash in the 2016 WSOP in the Millionaire Maker and we look forward to see if he can finally get to his first WSOP final table.
Writer’s Note: Garry actually gave me my first gig in the poker media as a blogger for the 2008 WSOP. If you’ve ever wondered “How the hell did this guy get into the poker media,” you can blame him. 🙂
Can you name anyone besides Chad Holloway that has won a WSOP Employee’s Event bracelet? That’s ok; the majority of the poker public can’t either. Holloway won the 2013 version of that event and has been able to parlay that success into various media and poker opportunities.
He received a nationally syndicated poker column, was one of the authors of Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em and even wrote his own World Series of Zombies comic book.
Just started Day 2 of WSOP Monster Stack and I'm pretty sure the guy to my left is shit faced hammered. It's 11 a.m. Surprised it's not me!— Chad Allan Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) June 26, 2016
Chad is currently the media director of the Mid-States Poker Tour and happy to remind us on a regular basis about his bracelet win. (While we’re needling him a bit, we’d be doing the same thing in his shoes.)