Pokercast Episode 37 - Michael DeMichele & Chris Halligan
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The feature guest this week on Pokercast is Michael DeMichele, runner-up in this years coveted 50k HORSE event. Michael talks about several topics including his move to Las Vegas, winning over $1 million and the controversy at the final table involving Scotty Nguyen. Chris Halligan, CEO of Pokertek was also on the program to talk about their automated PokerPro tables and the new exclusive deal recently signed with the Excalibur Casino. Mike and Adam also talk some tournament news, forum static and of course give away the password for the August 31st Poker Stars VIP Club freeroll. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Michael DeMichele is a professional poker player from East Haven, CT. DeMichele began playing online at age 18 and built his bankroll initially playing 1 – 2 NLHE at Turningstone before moving to large fixed limit games. He then moved to Foxwoods where he became interested in higher stakes, particularly in stud and split pot games being spread.
His first major tournament breakthrough came in 2006 – in which he took 3rd in the United States Poker Championship Main Event. Since then he has gone on to achieve 4 WSOP and 1 WPT cashes. His biggest finish to date was the 2008 WSOP $50,000 HORSE event, finishing second to Scotty Nguyen.
According to the Hendon Mob database, Michael’s live tournament winnings exceed $1.7 million.
Michael DeMichele posts on 2+2 as “Michael DeMichele”. Learn more about Michael DeMichele
Chris Halligan is the Chief Executive Officer of PokerTek, developers of the PokerPro automated poker table. PokerTek, which was founded in 2003, saw Halligan take the helm as CEO in 2007.
Halligan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona. Before the inception of PokerTek, Halligan launched his professional career with Dell Computer where he would meet future PokerTek founder Lou White. Halligan later joined webMethods Incorporated, followed by Kieden Corporation, which would later become part of SalesForce.com.
Today, PokerPro tables can be found in casinos and on cruise ships worldwide and their “Heads-Up Challenge” video game is a common fixture in neighborhood bars and restaurants. Learn more about Chris Halligan