Jimmy Sommerfeld says Goodbye to Poker

Posted by James Guill on Jan 06, 2012 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

Jimmy Somemerfeld, founder of Poker Tournament Consultants and storied tournament director, has announced his retirement after turning in a letter of resignation to Caesar’s Entertainment.

Sommerfeld broke the story himself on TwoPlusTwo forums and explained the reason for the decision.  He said:

I started in the poker business some 18 years ago, because I was a bad 1-5 seven card stud player. Yesterday , I turned in my resignation as Tournament Manager for the WSOP. I will be resigning the WSOPCE effective March 1, 2012. I will be the Tournament Director at the upcoming circuit events at Choctaw, Tunica, and Palm Beach.
This decision was based solely on the fact that I want to spend more time with my wife, 3 daughters and my first grandchild that was born this morning. I want to thank Ken Lambert( First Poker room manager that had enough confidence in me to promote me to Tournament Director of Horseshoe), Jack McCleland( For teaching me all the ins and out of directing Major Tnmts), Jack Effel (For allowing me to be Poker Manager at the WSOP), All the staff and dealers that work for PTC( For their hard work , dedication), and a special thanks to all of the players that have supported me and PTC. There are also many other people in the business that have been an inspiration to me. I hope that somewhere in my 18 year career, that I have made a difference for the Poker Industry.

Thanks to all, and I hope to see you in Choctaw, Tunica, and Palm Beach!
Jimmy Sommerfeld 

Sommerfeld is a recognized face from anyone who has played on the WSOP Circuit and at the World Series of Poker having served as a floor man and tournament director beside Jack Effel for years.  In addition, he has ran several event around the country including the Fall Poker Classic in Shakopee, MN and the Oklahoma State Championships.

Sommerfeld will be remembered for his well run tournaments and as an all-around nice guy.  While it is unfortunate that poker will lose such a fine tournament director, we still wish him well in his future endeavors and hope he enjoys his new role as Grandpa.


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