PokerCast Episode 229 - WSOP Main Event Coverage with Matt Hawrilenko, Nolan Dalla & John Wray
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The 43rd annual World Series of Poker Main Event is finally underway and Mike and Adam cover the race to the final table, pokers greatest prize and 8.5 million dollars. Adam is actually still in the race and we get him on the line during the day 3 dinner break to get an on location report of how his Main Event is going and what its like to have a massive chip leader directly on your left. In the second segment Mike connects with WSOP Media Director and friend of the show Nolan Dalla to get his thoughts on the Series so far and weither or not the Big One for One Drop stole any of the limelight away from the Main Event. Mike then connects with poker pro and Limit Holdem specialist Matt Hawrilenko to hear about his summer in the "Math House" and his plans to retire from the life of a poker pro to focus on academia. In forum static the guys talk poker gossip including the latest development in the Ray Bitar saga, the now underway Micro Millions tournament series and of course give away the password for the July 15th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for PokerCast listeners. Be sure to keep listening after the outro for a bonus interview with John "JimmyLegs" Wray, former Disney writer and Co-Creator of The Micros. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Nolan Dalla is poker and gambling author from Dallas TX. A reported gambler “since childhood”, he worked his way through a political science degree at the University of Texas, followed by a Masters degree in Public Policy administration at University of Texas – Arlington before working on a US Senate Committee in Washington, DC.
Dalla is the media relations director of the World Series of Poker and a respected poker author. In addition to a long list of poker and gambling articles published in Gambling Times, Card Player, Poker Digest, Poker Pages, Poker Player, and The Intelligent Gambler, Dalla is the author of One of a Kind, Stu Ungar’s biography. Learn more about Nolan Dalla
Matt Hawrilenko is a professional poker player from Hanover, MA. A Princeton graduate, Matt worked for a number of years with a top investment firm before electing to focus on poker fulltime. Matt discovered poker in 2003 while living in Washington, DC as part of a summer internship program.
Known for applying a characteristic “math-based” approach to the game, Hawrilenko began playing small stakes NLHE games online before deciding his skill set was better suited for limit hold’em – a game in which he is currently considered one of the world’s leading players.
Matt has 1 WSOP bracelet and 14 other WSOP cashes. To date, his live tournament earnings exceed $1.4 million. Learn more about Matt Hawrilenko