Perhaps best known for his association with the World Series of Poker as its Media Director, Nolan Dalla worked in foreign affairs for 10 years before pursuing his career in the poker industry. After earning a degree in political science and completing training at the prestigious Foreign Service Institute, he was dispatched to Eastern Europe in 1989.
Dalla was stationed at the American embassy in Bucharest, Romania during the downfall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He later returned to the United States and worked for the U.S. State Department. After losing his top-secret security clearance for marrying a Romanian citizen, Dalla resigned as a federal employee. Next, Dalla worked as a writer for the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1994-1999.
An avid poker player and sports bettor, Dalla's part-time hobby gradually became a full-time vocation. He started writing for Card Player Magazine in 1993 and penned nearly 200 columns over the next decade. He created and introduced Card Player's "Player of the Year" standings, still in use to this day. Dalla also wrote for Poker Digest, Poker Player, Bluff and other leading poker publications. He was Casino Player's sports gambling columnist from 2000-2004.
In 2002 Dalla moved to Las Vegas and assumed the position of director of public relations for the legendary Binion's Horseshoe. He became media director for the World Series of Poker, and continues in that role today as a special consultant to Harrah's Entertainment.
In 2004, Dalla became director of communications for the world's largest online poker site, PokerStars.com. He resigned his position nearly three years later, after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. In November 2007, Dalla was hired as the director of communications for DuplicatePoker.com, an American-based company promoting a new variant called Duplicate Poker.
In 2005, Dalla co-wrote the best-seller, One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar. The book was optioned by Warner Bros. studios, but has yet to make it to the big screen.
Dalla currently lives in The Lakes section of Las Vegas, along with his wife of 18 years, Marieta, and their two lazy cats Alex and Faro.
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