WSOP Commissioner Pollack resigns

Jeffrey Pollack
The (former) Commish.

Just 72 hours after the 2009 World Series of Poker wrapped one of its most successful series ever, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack has announced he is leaving his post.

In an interview with Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Pollack says he is leaving to "explore new business challenges" and that his "future is a blank canvas."

Pollack confirmed his departure via his Twitter account.

"Thank you for allowing me to be part of the WSOP these last few years," Pollack said. "I will always be a fan and a friend to the poker community."

Pollack, who took the reigns as WSOP Commissioner in 2005 after stints with NASCAR and the NBA, has helped usher in a number of significant changes to the famed series during his tenure.

Among the most prominent are the development of the series into a massive 57-event, seven-week long spectacle, the expansion of the WSOP franchise into Europe, the creation of the four-month break until the final-table play down and a new 12-year broadcasting agreement with ESPN.

"We appreciate Jeffrey's contributions over the past four years and wish him the best in the future," said Palansky.

"The World Series of Poker remains the market leader with this year's tournament exceeding all expectations, and we are well positioned for the future.  There is no intention at this time to replace the Commissioner role."

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