What a treat! Nolan Dalla is a legendary figure in the world of poker and he gave us an outstanding 52 minutes on our modest High Roller Radio. Insightful, historical and philosophical too, Dalla spoke on a wide range of topics; Stu Ungar, his book One of a Kind, his job as media director at the WSOP, his new television show Poker Night in America and much, much more. What poker books does he like? What does he think of Phil Hellmuth? Phil Ivey? Sunglasses at the poker table? How about the state of America…yes, he rants about too. Great stuff Nolan thank-you. Below, enjoy our interview notes for Nolan Dalla. (Listen to full interview at www.highrollerradio.net)
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– WSOP Media Director, Poker Night in America, Author
Hey High Rollers,
This is going to be a treat, a real treat…I read the book years ago and it remains one of my all-time favorite poker books, One of a Kind, the Stu Ungar biography…outstanding…and our guest today wrote it…
currently, he’s one of the brains behind a new poker television show Poker Night in America, which I applied for by the way, rejected! and he also happens to be the media director for the WSOP, only the biggest poker outfit in the world.
He is a legendary figure in the poker world…a poker historian and ambassador to the game.
I know he likes to banter about politics too, with his political science degree from the University of Texas, he’s got a masters as well..and di some work in the government…we’ll talk about that…maybe we’ll get him to paint us a picture of America right now…in poker and in life. Nolan Dalla is our guest today…Nolan, the pleasure is ours thanks for being a High Roller man:
Right off the top, I’ve got to say…your book was so much better than the movie High Roller, or Stuey in some places, I’m sure you’ve heard that a lot…it was a wonderful offering…my hat is off to you for that…how did that project come to be? were you friends with Stu…because let me say, you were able to not only paint a picture of his brilliance with a deck of cards…but also managed to get some candid admissions from him as well…with respect specifically to his drug use and how it affected him as a father…
What did you think of the movie?
Mike Sexton said in the eulogy he wanted people to remember Stu for his greatest at the table and not his troubles off it….always wanted to ask you…should we do that….should we simply forget the degenerate he was was…and simply hold him us as maybe the greatest ever?
Here are my top 3 poker books…One of a Kind, by you, The Professor, The Banker and the Suicide King by Michael Craig and Mr. McManuses Positively Fifth Street….you friends with those guys, what did you think of those two books?
I do want to talk about the World Series of Poker….but first, Poker Night in America….tell us about it, it’s new, it sounds exciting…
On the phone with Nolan Dalla…poker ambassador of all poker ambassadors….Nolan you’ve got one of the greatest jobs in the world…when someone wins a bracelet, you are the first to greet them and say well-done…that’s got to be highly rewarding, especially on those days someone wins WSOP gold for the first time…
Can you walk us through your role with the WSOP?
So many great stories from this past summer at the RIO…Canadian Invasion….Negreanu fighting for Player of the Year…two women winning open events…Barny Boatmen capturing his first, Johnny Bax, the legendary Cliff Josephy winning #2, , Mike Matusow getting number 4…what stood out for you, Doyle Brunson running deep in the main? What were your highlights?
Please keep up the broadcasts online, the final tables…poker junkies like me…we love that…gets better each year….do you like jumping in the broadcast booth? David Tuchman phenomenal…
POY race…Greg Mueller was on our show…ranting about the fact that Kid Poker was already 400 some odd points ahead of him in POY race before he even stepped in the RIO…suggesting perhaps…it should start in vegas…and then, anyone having a good summer could then travel the world and vy for that prestigious award…
Player of the year and the world champion…forever immortalized on the walls at the RIO…very nice touch..
November 9…any predictions on atmosphere or winner?
How has the absence of online poker in America affected the WSOP? Where are we with regulating things?
Political science guy….what is going on in America right now…your chance to rant about what you see as right and wrong with the Nation…I’m in Canada…but I am interested to hear what you think of the state of the union if you will…
Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Doyle Brunson, Tom Dwan, Vanessa Selbst,Daniel Negreanu the new age player versus the veteran old-timer, sunglasses at the poker table, a shot clock in poker, Black Friday, today’s interviewer?
Did you know? 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, Nolan Dalla is the author of One of a Kind, Stu Ungar’s biography.