Pokercast Episode 27 - Greg Mueller, Tony Rivera, Svetlana Gromenkova & Donna Harris
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The 2008 World Series of Poker coverage continued this week with a live update from the heart of the Rio poker room by Greg “FBT” Mueller. Greg talks about his second place finish in Event #11 – NL Hold’em shootout and shares some interesting stories from this years series. Bracelet winners Tony Rivera and Svetlana Gromenkova are feature guests this week along with Mirage Director of Poker Operations Donna Harris who shares her industry insider insight including the the history of Las Vegas Poker, the Mirage Poker Room, and her poker room management perspective on limit vs no-limit. Mike and Adam also give away the password for the June 15th Poker Stars VIP Club freeroll.
Intro - Pokercast Theme - Demitone Productions Inc. - © 2007 : Seg 2 Intro - Band of Horses - Ode to LRC - Cease to Begin © 2007 : Seg 3 Intro - Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost - Welcome to the Night Sky © 2008 : Seg 4 Intro - Nada Surf - I Like What You Say - Lucky © 2008
Donna Harris began her gaming career in 1980 at the Golden Nugget as a blackjack dealer. She became a poker dealer later that year and dealt until 1985.
In 1989, The Mirage opened with Donna as the Poker swing shift manager. When Bellagio opened in 1998, she became The Mirage Cardroom Manager. Donna has also held positions in both The World Series of Poker and Grand Prix of Poker tournaments in Las Vegas. Her experience includes traveling with Poker Cruises International, whose routes to most ports in the Caribbean and Mexico have now been taken over by Card Player Cruises and Classic Poker Cruises. She was also aboard the first "poker cruise" to England on the QE II in 1985, and worked poker tournaments in such exotic locales as Marakesh, Morocco, and Port Vila, Vanuatu.
In 2002, Donna was promoted to Director of Poker Operations, giving much of the credit to her talented staff.
She is a published co-author of The Professional Poker Dealer’s Handbook; and “Cardroom Theory – A Two Way Street” with Mason Malmuth. The latter was presented at the Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno. Donna is a proud Diversity Graduate. Born in California, she enjoys water sports, volleyball and darts. Learn more about Donna Harris
Greg Mueller is a professional poker player from Vancouver, Canada. Greg discovered poker on road trips during his first career as a professional hockey player in Europe.
Known by his online handle ‘FBT’ (for “Full Blown Tilt”), Mueller has built an impressive tournament resume for himself since retiring from hockey. He holds 2 WSOP bracelets (both in limit events), 19 WSOP cashes, and 1 WPT final table. His live tournament earnings exceed $1.7 million.
Mueller is a Full Tilt Poker Pro. Learn more about Greg Mueller
Anthony Rivera (“Tony”) is a professional poker player from Henderson, NV. In 2008, Rivera (then 22) found himself in poker history books as the first person to win the mixed game championship (8-game) after outlasting a stacked field composed of some of the games greats. Rivera’s live tournament earnings exceed $560,000. Learn more about Tony Rivera