Poker’s WSOP Says Goodbye to Commissioner Jeff Pollack

With the new year brings the end of the reign of Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker.

Pollack resigned in November 2009 and he will be missed.

For those who don’t know who Pollack is,? in 2005, he? was hired as the vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Casino.

He became commissioner of the WSOP in 2006.

And what a tenure it’s been. Under his command,? the WSOP total prize pool practically doubled from the previous 36 tournaments combined and saw an 88 percent growth.

He also established the Players Advisory Council, instituted the $50k H.O.R.S.E. Championship and the November Nine, and increased the scope of the WSOP brand to include the WSOP Europe.

He also made WSOP a household name, even amongst those who don’t play or follow poker.

His deal with ESPN is legendary.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, he said, “It’s been a very good run and I’m proud of the growth that the tournament, and poker for that matter, have experienced. I came into this role with a certain set of objectives and now, there’s a sense of accomplishment of how the World Series of Poker has expanded.”

Like I said. He will be missed.

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