Tony Dunst Named WPT's Simon Cowell of Cards
Debonair dresser, poker pro and respected blogger Tony "Bond18" Dunst has been named the host of WPT’s The Raw Deal TV segment.
Dunst beat out hundreds of contestants who submitted online audition videos or tried out in person in the WPT's national talent search aimed at finding the “Simon Cowell of Cards."
A high-stakes online and tournament player, poker writer and instructor, Dunst's writing is known as an honest and sometimes abrasive look at the poker world that is never afraid to call out the game's biggest stars, making him a good fit for the critic role producers had envisioned for the segment.
“Tony is smart, knows the game, has had success in poker and has an irreverent streak,” said World Poker Tour Executive Producer Joe Grimm. “There were a number of tremendously talented individuals who auditioned for the Raw Deal, but Tony stood out for his candor, his knowledge and his delivery. He’s going to have a big impact on the broadcast. He may ruffle some feathers, but he wasn’t brought in to be Mr. Nice Guy.”
Dunst, who made a deep run all the way to 50th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, said he is looking forward to the opportunity.
“For years, I watched the WPT every week and memorized the final hands, then would pick apart the strategy,” he said. "I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with icons Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who were crucial to bringing our industry into its modern, global form. The WPT has given me carte blanche to be myself. I'll be as candid, blunt, and absurd as I like; a sweet deal, and I'm honored they choose me.”
WPT Season IX events begin airing this January on Fox Sports Net.
Next up on the tour is a the annual WPT Festa al Lago event at Bellagio Oct. 15-20.
Tony Dunst = Genius
Tony Dunst is the most up-himself sleazebag I have ever met. Not the great person everybody thinks he is
Ter, one thing you can always do to watch the wpt is go to their website and watch from there. Otherwise simply download tv.com (they will give you 4500 channels NO (ZERO) monthly fee! where you can watch all the poker you want. TV.com does come with a tv guide on the toolbar so no worries.....shuffel up and deal
I'm happpy for Tony Dunst and the WPT,-----the sad thing is that since the Wpt moved from the discovery channel to Fox there is no way in my area where I live can you ever know when it's going to be on TV,---there is never any listing for it,in my area.The WPT should have a listing for it's followers of the show when it's on in different time zones and the channels on which it can be viewed.-------Concerned,----------Ter!