Eric Drache

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Eric Drache
Born1943 (age 75–76)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s)None
Money finish(es)3
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
None

Eric Drache (born 1943) is a professional poker player, former cardroom manager and consultant for NBC. Drache is best known for his management contributions to the poker world, and he is also a notable seven-card stud player, he finished second in World Series of Poker stud events in 1973, 1981, and 2009.[1]

As of 2009, Drache's total live poker tournament winnings exceed $325,000.[1]

Drache was responsible for inventing tournament satellites while running the World Series of Poker in the 1970s as a way to get more entries per tournament.[2][3] Drache also managed and hosted notable cardrooms at the Golden Nugget and The Mirage.[4] Drache's innovations as poker manager include: ante structures, dealer training and the invention of the "must-move" table. Eric Drache trained both Donna Harris[5] and Doug Dalton, cardroom managers at The Mirage and Bellagio respectively.

In the mid 1990s, he was prosecuted on federal tax fraud charges and lost his Nevada gaming license as a result, which is required to work in casinos.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hendon Mob tournament results
  2. ^ Pokerlistings.com: Event 6 - $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship Live Updates
  3. ^ Totalgambler.com: How to qualify for the WSOP
  4. ^ Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nugget's new room gives professional poker player reason to return
  5. ^ Pokerpages.com: Casino Profiles - Mirage
  6. ^ Holden, Anthony (2007). Bigger Deal: A Year on the New Poker Circuit. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 91–92. ISBN 978-0-7432-9482-9.