Pokercast Episode 24 - Bill Robertie & Mori Eskandani
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The feature guest this week on Pokercast is Two Plus Two author and two time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie. Bill has written several backgammon, chess and poker books, and his latest being Harrington on Cash Games: Volume 1 and 2. Mori Eskandani, Excutive Producer of High Stakes Poker is also featured on the program to shed some light on the news that the show has been cancelled. Mike and Adam also talk tournament news, forum static and of course give away the password for the May 25th Poker Stars VIP Club freeroll for Pokercast listeners. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
Intro - Pokercast Theme - Demitone Productions Inc. - © 2007 : David Sklansky Segment - Shinehead - Rewind! - Ubiquity Records © 2002 : Seg 2 Intro - Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave - As I Leap at Heavens Fate © 2007 : Seg 3 Intro - Stranger Coved - Ghostland Observatory - Paparazzi Lighting © 2006 : Seg 4 Intro - Ticket of Immortality - The Dears - Gang of Losers © 2006
Mori Eskandani is a television producer and poker player from Tehran, Iran. While in the US as an exchange student in 1975 Eskandani was introduced to poker by a fellow business student. The two soon moved to Las Vegas to play professionally.
Eskandani’s poker business ventures began one night while leaving the Golden Nugget following a deep tournament run. He met card room manager Eric Drache and the two began a long business relationship and friendship. Eskandani would go on to become the poker host at the Mirage, leading to a friendship with Henry Orenstein, the inventor of the hold card camera. This friendship and Orenstein’s invention would shape the face of televised poker.
In 2003, Mori started “Poker PROductions” and has gone on to produce what most would consider television’s greatest poker programming including: High Stakes Poker, World Series of Poker, Poker After Dark, and NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Champion. Learn more about Mori Eskandani
Bill Robertie is a professional backgammon, chess, and poker player as well as an author from Arlington, MA. He attended Harvard College as an undergraduate where he became a chess master and saw the Harvard chess team win several titles. In 1970 he won the United States Championship for speed chess before switching to backgammon in 1976.
As a backgammon player he won the World Championship in Monte Carlo in 1983 and 1987, the Black and White Championship in 1979, as well as tournaments in Las Vegas (1980, 2001), Bahamas (1993) and Istanbul (World Open) in 1994.
He has written books on chess and some of the most well regarded backgammon books, including Advanced Backgammon and Modern Backgammon. Robertie has co-authored six poker books with Dan Harrington including the oft cited Harrington on Hold’em tournament book series and the more recent Harrington on Cash Games. Learn more about Bill Robertie