Success has come in many forms for the actor, producer, director, author, and former tennis player, Vincent Van Patten. The son of actor Dick Van Patten, Vince has thrived in all his endeavors through a winning combination of talent, ambition, and dedication.
As an actor, Vince launched his career at the age of 9, starring in a Colgate commercial. He went on to guest star in over three dozen classic television shows, including “Bonanza,” “High Chaparral,” and “Adam 12.” He also starred in such television specials as “The Bionic Boy,” “Gidget’s Summer Reunion,” and “Dirty Dozen III.”
Tony Dunst, a high-stakes pro and one of the most unique personalities in the poker industry, joined the World Poker Tour as host of the WPT Raw Deal segment for Season IX. Dunst beat out hundreds of other contestants in a nationwide search to capture the coveted slot and spent seven seasons strategically analyzing some of the most pivotal hands from World Poker Tour events. When Mike Sexton announced his retirement from the WPT commentary booth, it was only natural for Dunst to be promoted into the role starting with Season XVI.
IBrought on originally to reflect the new generation of players, Dunst’s command of the WPT Raw Deal segment quickly made him one of the most recognized faces in the industry. His incredible dedication to the analytics of poker, non-affected style, and biting wit helped the WPT see increased ratings as he resonated so well with the WPT’s expanding audience.
The Irish-born Aussie has globetrotted constantly since 2009 while immersing herself in the poker world as a hobby player, reporter at PokerNews.com, and past host of the Aussie Millions and WSOP Asia-Pacific on ESPN Australia.
Lynn has traveled through more than 30 countries, over 100 cities within them, and has plenty more to add to that impressive passport-stamp collection as the anchor of the World Poker Tour and WPT Alpha8.
Phil Hellmuth, 15-time bracelet winner and one of poker’s biggest personalities, joined the World Poker Tour in Season XVI as host of the WPT Raw Deal segment.
Hellmuth filled the shoes of WPT commentator Tony Dunst, who joined the commentator booth next to Vince Van Patten to replace Mike Sexton. Never afraid to share his thoughts on a player or a hand, Hellmuth came in ready to jump into the fire that comes with the WPT Raw Deal. Now in his second season of hosting the WPT Raw Deal, Hellmuth has made a seamless transition into the role and made the segment all his own.
A visionary in the industry, WPT® Executive Tour Director Matt Savage is the world’s foremost poker tournament director. In his career, Savage has directed hundreds of televised events throughout the world, and he is a founding member of the Tournament Directors Association (TDA).
Savage, who believes that a standard set of rules will benefit poker events around the globe, has served as WPT’s Executive Tour Director since 2010. From 2002-2004 Savage directed the WSOP, and in 2003 he was voted as the inaugural inductee into the Poker Room Manager’s Hall of Fame.