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Hollywood Agent Becomes Youngest WSOP Seniors Champion Ever
James Hess became the youngest player to ever win the Seniors Championship at the WSOP, defeating a record field to claim $557,435 and his first gold bracelet.
Hess, talent agent to such actors turned poker players as Jason Alexander, outlasted an astonishing 3,752 players, not only the biggest Seniors event field but the biggest single day field in WSOP history.
Hess turned 50 just one month ago but has been playing poker for the better part of a decade.
Turned onto the game when he read the poker classic Positively Fifth Street, Hess told us this bracelet represents the fruits of years of hard work.
“It really is the crown jewel of poker and it’s unbelievable to be able to say I’m a World Series of Poker bracelet winner,” Hess told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
Hess is actually the reason Jason Alexander first got hooked up with PokerStars.com. Hess told us he looks for every opportunity to get his celebrity clients involved in poker, and his poker pro clients involved in the entertainment industry.
In cooperation with Poker Royalty, a premier organization in player representation, Hess has worked with players like Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth.
“I’ve gotten to know a lot of pros and I guess reading with them and hanging out, some of their knowledge made it into my head," said Hess.
After the unprecedented popularity of Rounders, studios rushed to come out with the next big poker project. After many failed attempts, that goal has yet to be realized.
Hess is still hopeful that it may happen, however, should the right combination of talents align.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next few years we see a really high-quality poker project come along, but it’s going to take a high-quality producer,” he said.
And while power players in the entertainment industry are on the lookout for a project with real potential, actors and industry figures are becoming increasingly commonplace at major poker tournaments.
Many in the poker world have their fingers crossed that someone like Jason Alexander might go deep in the WSOP Main Event and increase poker’s visibility in mainstream media.
Hess agrees that this could have massively positive results for the game of poker.
“Chris Moneymaker did it and if someone of Jason Alexander’s caliber could do it we’d definitely see a big effect,” Hess said.