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Jackpot! Duo Slams Media Poker Games

10 January 2006

TUNICA RESORTS — Jackpot! Magazine took home the top prize in both the World Series of Poker Media Tournament at Grand Casino Resort and the WPT World Poker Open Media Tournament at Gold Strike this month.

Sunday, Jan. 8, Jackpot! Senior Consulting Editor Rudi Schiffer, host of The GoodTimes Show on WMC79, beat out about 30 other members of the media to win a coveted solid gold diamond-studded WPO bracelet worth $4,000, $1,000 cash and a WPT jacket.

Prior to Schiffer's win, Jackpot! Editor and GM David Grisham beat 30 media representatives in the WSOP media event to take the first place prize on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Grand Casino Resort Tunica. Grisham walked away with a Las Vegas room-and-dinner package from the Paris Casino, a leather WSOP Media Champion jacket, and the top trophy.

Both tournaments were filled with experts, novices and personalities from local television, radio and print media, as well a few national poker writers at the WPO event.

The WSOP Media Tournament kicked off the World Series of Poker Circuit Event, now taking place at Grand Casino through January 27, 2006. The WPT World Poker Open Media Tournament marked the beginning of the World Poker Open, going on now at Gold Strike through Jan. 23.

Tournament play for the WPO commenced on the second floor of Gold Strike in the WPO tournament room. Four tables of heated media poker play slowly dwindled down to three, then two and then to the final table—a table full of poker sharks. It eventually came down to the last three players, where the "minnow" Schiffer faced off against Kaelaine Minton of PokerPages.com and Brad Clay of Mid-SouthPoker.com for bragging rights, and the bracelet. Schiffer bolted up out of his seat, flipped over his cards, and went all-in on the final hand after Clay and Minton went all in — before the flop. The colorful radio personality, known by many as "The Voice of Tunica," took home the top prize with pocket Queens, which held up to the River card over Minton's pair of jacks and Clay's pair of eights. Afterwards, a triumphant Schiffer, wearing his newly acquired black WPT jacket, celebrated with hugs and handshakes as he puffed away on his trademark cigar.

"I'm really a blackjack player," Schiffer laughed. "I don't play poker, except at these (media) events. It's too hard!"

Mary Cracchiolo, assistant public affairs director, presented the championship bracelet to Schiffer in a reception after the tournament. "Look at this bracelet," Schiffer said, as he peered down toward his wrist. "The money will be gone tomorrow, but the bracelet, it's forever."

Days earlier, tournament play for the WSOP event began at the Grand Casino Poker Room. Fifteen-minute rounds ensured the game moved at a rapid pace. Four tables soon diminished to three, then two and finally one. Bets were high and tensions were tight as the 10 players at the final table planned their strategies. After more than three hours of play, a winner was declared when Jackpot!'s Grisham triumphed over Drew Hamilton from WMC TV 5. Third place honors went to Gary Parrish from The Commercial Appeal.

"I played under control and avoided reckless play. I caught a few players bluffing along the way and fortunately, I had the cards at the end," Grisham said.

Luckily for Grisham, who stands 6'3" tall, the media jacket was a XXL. "I can't believe this fits. I will wear this with pride," he said, as Valerie Morris, public relations and community affairs director for Harrah's Mid-South, presented the top prize. Looking down at the front of the jacket as he wore it, Grisham beamed, and reading the embroidered inscription out loud, said with a broad smile, "Grand Casino Resort Tunica Media Champion 2006."

For information on the WSOP, call the Grand Casino Poker Room at 1-800-946-4946. For more information on the WPO, call Gold Strike at 1-888-24K-PLAY and ask for the Poker Room at extension 1136.

Rudi Schiffer

Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com
Rudi Schiffer
Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com