Gold's interest in poker began as a youngster. His mother, Jane, was a keen poker player, and his grandfather was a master gin rummy player. Gold's most serious efforts to improve his recreational poker exploits came about when he began working with former WSOP main event winners Johnny Chan and Chris Moneymaker on several ventures, including a television show, and Chan was his inspiration.
In 2005, Gold began regularly playing in poker tournaments. In April 2005 at the Bicycle Casino, he won his first major no limit Texas hold 'em tournament, earning $54,225. Over the next 12 months, Gold had seven more in the money finishes in California tournaments and won 6 events in 2006 at the Hustler Casino.
The major poker trade publication at the time had analyzed Gold’s winning poker strategies as follows: "He forced his tablemates to risk their entire stack time after time. If they reraised him, he either knew they were holding the nuts and folded, or he sniffed out a bluff and forced them all in," thus "he transformed this strategy into an art form."
Jamie’s first proper introduction to the game however was realized whilst watching the film ‘Rounders’ with Matt Damon. Playing in house games with friends, Jamie built up his skill and understanding of the game; constantly analyzing hands with the best poker players in the world.
After working on a book and television deal with Johnny Chan, Jamie was inspired to start playing major tournaments in 2005. The first win came from taking down a NL HE tournament at the Bicycle Casino for $54,225 followed by many more cashes. Jamie’s playing style throughout the 2006 Main Event was one which he pioneered, talking his opponents in and out of their hands and manipulating their actions with his words and aggressive betting style. It was this style that launched Jamie onto the international poker stage when he busted 7 of the 8 finalists on the Final Table single-handedly.
In this original painting, artist Dave Hobrecht captured the moment that Jamie won the 2006 WSOP Main Event and presented it to Jamie in recognition of the work Jamie has done throughout the world of sports, bridging charity work and his craft seamlessly.
See more photos from from the WSOP Main Event in the Media Gallery.
Dave Hobrecht's art: www.Hobrecht.com
- 37th Annual World Series of Poker Champion
- World Series of Poker prize pool of $87,773,000 was the largest in the history of all sporting events at the time
- Lead World Series of Poker record field from day 3 to final day 10
- Ranks in the top 20 of Poker’s All-Time Money List
- Winner of the highest rated poker content to date
- He has been a syndicated poker columnist for Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and 180 other newspapers in the U.S.
- Has appeared in over 100 hours of original poker programming on ESPN, ESPN2, NBC, GSN and MSNBC
- Guest starred as himself in several reality television programs and documentary films
- Has appeared on over 15 worldwide covers or front page periodicals
- Captain of winning team in first public Dream Team Poker Championship
- Keynote speaker at numerous events, most often on corporate philanthropy through celebrity engagement
- Honored to throw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game
- Dubbed by media, “The Poker Philanthropist”, for his continuous charitable efforts
- Hosted, emceed or appeared at almost 200 charity events helping to raise over $300 Million Dollars
- Known for eating blueberries at the table while playing
- Guest speaker at Learning Annex, and guest lecturer at UCLA
- Hosted event for the launch of VirginAmerica Airlines
- Frequent Guest on many of USA’s leading talk radio programs
Mr. Gold has been many things over the last 28 years: talent agent /manager, producer, film/ TV / video game packager, TV personality, VC advisor, angel investor, marketing and PR specialist, and most importantly a philanthropist.
As a celebrity ambassador he has hosted, emceed or worked closely with 302 major celebrity charity events to date for luminaries such as Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, the UN and Quincy Jones , helping to raise over 510 million dollars for causes worldwide with a special commitment to ALS in memory of his father Dr Robert Gold who died from the disease.
Jamie is recognized worldwide by over 100 million poker players and gamers as an icon having won the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. The 8773 entrants with a first place prize of $12,000,000 is still the largest in the history of the WSOP Main Event.
Spent 15 years running an entertainment industry company representing the early careers of Jimmy Fallon, James Gandolfini, Donnie Wahlberg, Jeffrey Wright ,Felicity Huffman and 50 other notable artists. In deference to his father's illness and wishes finally took time off in 2005 to focus on his lifetime passion of poker.
After intense study, training and coaching with some of the best poker players in the world he played his first WSOP and the rest is legendary history.
He dominated approx. 9000 players over 10 days, 15 hours a day to win the biggest poker event in history with a 90 million dollar prize pool. "He transformed table talk and poker play into an art form," per BLUFF magazine and "may be the most dominant performance we will ever see in poker" per ESPN. His episodes are still the highest rated poker television shows to date. He has appeared on over 150 original hours of poker and other content, shows on MTV, ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and more. Several major documentaries and hundreds of speaking engagements and personal appearances.
As an influencer, he has 900 celebrities and 1000 other influencers following him on Twitter and social media. The Youtube content clips featuring him have over 100 million views collectively.
As an advisor and marketing specialist to tech companies he and his team have been instrumental in the launch and expansion of several in the gaming and media sector. He currently advises companies in gaming , media and sports that have over 1 billion page views collectively per month.
He has over 30,000 gamers and real money players in his personal digital rolodex and his team of advisors have 1.5 million real money players to access. Many have their own affiliate networks to draw from to reach a larger percentage of the gaming community. He has inside and preferred access to forums, sites and blogs which reach over 1 million players weekly. He has the ability to appear on the TV , streaming and digital content covering the industry.
In media and production he is a co founder of www.Aceandkingproductions.com with multi award winning game developer and executive David Ortiz, and former head of production for 14 years at Paramount Pictures, Mark Bakshi.
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