Really, a tourney for CEOs!

Sep 25, 2006 10:33 PM

You would expect poker dealers to be good poker players, and many of them are. In fact, many professionals started their career as dealers, including Johnny Chan, Scott Fischman and Mike Matusow.

Dealers have a chance to show how good they are at playing the cards in the World Poker Dealer Championships, which was scheduled to kick off last weekend and continuing this week at Binion’s Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas.

The tournament consists of a series of different events including Omaha Hold’em 8 or better, Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and No Limit Hold’em. Entry fees for all events are $100.

Players must be currently working at a card room as a dealer and will be required to show identification.

From the card room to the boardroom, the Palms is scheduled to host the CEO Poker Championship, October 22-26.

This should be an interesting and entertaining event as CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, Internet and real estate firms, sport tuxedos and belly up to the Palms poker tables. Talk about classy!

Cash prizes are expected to exceed $300,000 daily, with a prize pool of over half a million dollars offered at the main event.

The tourney is co-sponsored by World CEO Entertainment LLC. Now, there’s a thought: CEOs as the focus of entertainment programs.

Nevertheless, that’s the case.

"CEO’s are people, too," said William Peraza, chairman of World CEO Entertainment. "And World CEO Entertainment wants to make sure that the public gets to see this firsthand via unique events and television shows."

The tourney will be filmed for TV, of course. Mark Sennett of Mark Sennett Productions is handling the deal, and Steve Cyr, author of Whale Hunt in the Desert, will provide the commentary.

Steve is a good choice. He understands the high roller culture and should be able to share a lot of poker, gambling stories for the TV audience.