Vince van Patten – Player Profile
About Vince van Patten
|Los Angeles, CA
|Oct 17, 1957
Vince van Patten Trivia
- Son of actor Dick van Patten
- Played professional tennis and was ranked as high as 26th in the world
- Beat John McEnroe on his way to winning his only singles title
- Made 3rd round of US Open and Wimbledon
- Ran a Hollywood home game including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire
- Was a child actor in the 1970s, appearing on Bonanza, Adam-12, and Wonder Woman among others
- Co-starred in attempted spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man
- Co-wrote and produced 7 Days to Vegas about a bet that he could walk from LA to Vegas in 7 days.
|Against Strong Players
|Against Weak Players
Vince van Patten has one of the most recognizable faces in poker. As the long-time co-commentator of World Poker Tour broadcasts, van Patten has been at the forefront of poker broadcasting for nearly 20 years.
From the beginning of the WPT in 2003, Vince van Patten has been one of the faces of the broadcast. Initially, he sat alongside famed poker pro Mike Sexton and as Sexton’s health declined in later years, Tony Dunst took up the other chair. Through it all, van Patten has been a constant presence bringing uncommon consistency to two decades of poker media.
As the son of actor Dick van Patten, Vince grew up surrounded by Hollywood and by age 9 had starred in his first commercial. He went on to guest star in a host of popular TV series in the 1970s including Bonanza, Wonder Woman, and Adam-12.
In 1978 he co-starred in an attempted spin-off of the Six Million Dollar Man called the Bionic Boy. The two-hour pilot movie was never picked up for a series however. He was also a part of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School in 1978, and was involved in several other movies in the 70s and 80s.
1978 was a big year for van Patten as that was also the year he turned pro on the international tennis circuit. By 1981 he had climbed as high as 26th in the singles rankings and he picked up his only win on the singles circuit after defeating John McEnroe and two other top-ten players on his way to the title of Seiko World Super Tennis in Tokyo.
Van Patten retired from the professional tennis circuit in 1987, turning his attention to the game that would fill the rest of his life. After learning poker as a child from his father, the younger van Patten caught the bug for the game after sitting in on his Dad’s home game one night and crushing the game. Only 16 at the time, he eventually had to pack in the winning session at 7am to go to school.
In the 1990s he organized a Hollywood home game including famous names like Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire and in 2003 he joined Sexton as an original co-host of the WPT broadcasts. Today, he’s still there, bringing WPT action to fans around the world, now with the help of current co-host Tony Dunst.
Consistency in poker is as rare off the felt as it is on the felt, but van Patten has been one of the most consistent voices in the poker media over the past two decades. That two decades of being a key voice and face for the WPT puts van Patten in a rare echelon of the poker world.