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Sam Simmons

Poker Central

Sam Simmons is president of Poker Central, a position he has held since October 2018. He leads Poker Central’s continued growth trajectory and oversees expansion of Poker Central’s live event franchises, new original programming, and new product lines in the poker space.  Simmons is credited with Poker Central’s significant growth as a content company, and for the successful marriage of the content operation with owned and operated live events to create popular entertainment products and experiences. In his previous role as VP of content for Poker Central, Simmons supervised content for the launch of the PokerGO OTT service and drove a multi-platform content distribution strategy that included partners such as ESPN, the NBC Sports Network, Twitch, and Facebook Watch. Simmons has produced over a dozen unscripted series about the poker world, including “INSIDERS: Super High Roller Bowl 2018” and “Hand Histories.” In addition, he played a role in the creation and launch of Poker Central’s dedicated studio, the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He has served as an advisor to Poker Central’s sister company in the esports space, ESP Gaming, since 2016. Based in Las Vegas, Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego.