Robert Daily, former World Series of Poker Tournament and Events Director, has joined the board of investment group DG Holdings to lead the company's online gaming division. Daily, the 2006 WSOP Tournament Director, announced his departure from Harrah's in early May. Daily was also the poker room manager for the Rio All-Suites Casino and Hotel, the host site for the WSOP. A replacement Tournament Director has not yet been announced by Harrah's.
"I have greatly enjoyed my years with Harrah's, and especially the World Series of Poker," said Daily. "I have every confidence this year's WSOP will run smoothly and efficiently and if I did not feel strongly that the tournament was ready, I would not have left at this time." Last year's World Series of Poker was a record-setter in player numbers, but was marred by several high-profile errors in management, including a spur-of-the-moment change of an Omaha event from a freezeout to a rebuy, an unannounced restructuring of a Shootout tournament and a $2 Million error in Main Event chip color-up.
DGH is a privately-held, international investment group with offices in Europe, Asia Pacific and South East Asia. The DGH gaming division was formed more than four years ago to develop a state-of-the-art gaming platform that enables fully-integrated, on-line gaming operations.
Daily has more than 30 years experience in the gaming industry, and prior to that point was a pilot in the CIA-owned "Air America" airline during the Vietnam War. "I am a very experienced poker person," said Daily. "Being a pilot, just like being a tournament director, requires you to multitask and make correct decisions under pressure.
"After my resignation, DGH approached me to join their group as a board member to provide leadership to their online gaming platform - especially poker - and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I have made many great friends within the poker industry and I look forward to working with them in the future from a different perspective."
"We've had our eye on the industry's ‘Poker Czar' for some time. Bob is the perfect person to provide our board with the needed gaming insight and to lead our online gaming initiative into the future," said a company spokesperson. "With the launch of our first licensed poker site next month, we feel the timing of his appointment and this announcement could not be more perfect."
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