WWWWWH with Jeffrey Pollack
Today in our Poker Junkie interview feature we hear from Jeffrey Pollack, former Commissioner of the World Series of Poker and now Executive Chairman of Federated Sports + Gaming, owners of the Epic Poker League.
Poker Junkie: Why is the Epic Poker League going to succeed?
Jeffrey Pollack: Our value proposition for the player and the fan is totally unique.
We've created a custom-designed, rake-free tournament experience with added money and other important perks for the world's best players, and we are showcasing these players through best-in-class television production.
For poker fans, we offer an opportunity to connect meaningfully with many of the names they know, along with the names they should know as a new generation of leadership in poker is established.
PJ: What impact do you feel that intrastate online poker will have on the Epic Poker League?
JP: As I've said before, if and when the laws change in the United States and real-money online poker becomes legal and regulated, we'd be foolish not to look at that opportunity.
PJ: Where are some places you would like to see the Epic Poker League hold events in the future?
JP: We'd like to take Epic Poker to Europe, Asia, and Australia.
PJ: Who do you see as becoming the first female Epic Poker League champion?
JP: We currently have eight exceptionally talented female league members and I would love to see any of them become an Epic Poker champion.
PJ: When do you anticipate making an announcement on Season 2 of the EPL and is there anything new that we can look forward to?
JP: We're pretty focused on completing Season 1 right now, but we have already started planning for Season 2. Once those plans are set, we will make an announcement.
PJ: How have you been able to handle all the criticism thrown towards the EPL and keep such a positive outlook?
JP: I actually don't think there has been a lot of criticism about our work, particularly from the voices that are most important to us: the league players who have participated in our events and the viewers that have watched our shows.
When you create something new and innovative, there are always voices that naysay and attempt to create doubt, but they are commenting from a place of emotion - not objectivity.
The facts are pretty clear: our eligibility criteria, the Global Poker Index, the quality of our television programs, and the playing experience at our events, have all been well received.
We certainly have a long road ahead of us, but we truly have just begun and I'm an optimist by nature.