Sarah Grant: On or off camera, poker work is the surprisingly perfect balance
Born in Colorado in , Sarah Grant spent her younger years with the goal of attending New York University to study film. To contact the PokerStars Blog team, simply email blog pokerstars. One night, she finished a film shoot very late, collected props into her purse because the art department was closed, and headed straight to the airport to spend the weekend with Heath in Vegas. I've had the unfortunate privilege of asking Phil Ivey for an interview about four times, and it's hard because he's going to say no, and everyone's watching. Jackpotland is Back on poker!
Heath offered the alternative of moving to Las Vegas to work with his chef and trainer to get healthy while he trained for a fight, and she could serve her community service hours in Vegas. Sarah's new life with Heath came with many changes, first of which was a temporary move to Palm Springs to run the "Tilted Kilt" restaurant. During that time, Sarah wanted to do something to spend more time with Heath, who had recently begun playing poker.
She read books, learned more about the game, and began playing. When the restaurant went bankrupt due to owner theft, they moved back to Vegas. The "I wasn't sure what I was doing with my life" issue came up for Sarah, and she missed film but didn't want to work on the road again. She found a job as a production assistant for the World Series of Poker in , though initially the then-CEO of PokerNews thought she was overqualified.
She wasn't going to be the person to get coffee for the crew, but they realized that she could help manage the video team. She built schedules, booked travel, arranged housing, and launched a management program that involved contact lists, call sheets, and other helpful schedules.
Even though she had some AD jobs lined up for post-Series months, it was another crossroads. And she chose the poker work. Eventually, they requested that she be on camera as well as work behind the scenes. Though Sarah was nervous about being on camera, especially with other women who already had experience and acceptance in the poker community, Heath encouraged her to have more faith in herself and learn more about poker and its players.
She even played a few tournaments herself. And it turned into something she never expected. In poker, the community is more consistent, and I actually made relationships in this community that have lasted to this day.
I was surprised at how welcoming and nice everyone was," she said. In addition, she found that it made for an ideal mix of what she loved to do. On a film set, the AD runs everything and tells everyone what to do, leads the crew, and is the one that everyone pays attention to. In the poker job, I can be myself in front of the camera and connect with the crew and behind the camera at the same time. We produce our own content and pursue our own visions. This job was the perfect balance. Even further, Sarah said, "It wasn't even something that I knew existed, and it's a million times better than anything I ever imagined.
The travel is the most obvious, as she is often able to go to European Poker Tour stops and other locations a few days early and experience the cities before work begins. Heath often travels with her, too. Her favorite stops are many, and she couldn't limit it to one when asked. It was gorgeous, and I love the Philippines! But the job isn't all sightseeing and absorbing culture. Once work begins, she rarely escapes the confines of the tournament location. And what ends up on PokerStars. TV may look fun and exciting as she schmoozes with the elite in poker, but there is much work behind the scenes and on camera.
I've had the unfortunate privilege of asking Phil Ivey for an interview about four times, and it's hard because he's going to say no, and everyone's watching. Most of those players then decline the interview. The ninth place finisher in that one is usually the hardest interview of the year. With that said, the good moments definitely outweigh the bad for Sarah. I do so many winner interviews with players who are nonchalant about it, but Bardah was so genuinely happy!
Also at that Series, I interviewed Larry Wright, a wealthy businessman who donated all of his winnings to a charity in Africa. He was bawling and just so excited to have won, and it was a beautiful moment to share with him. And then there are the natural interviews that happen without any need for preparation. Sarah named several favorites off the top of her head. I just stick the microphone in his face, and he goes.
Vanessa Selbst can tell me everything about the tournament and why she played every hand. The PokerNews video team, which travels all over the world covering events, features Sarah Grant as the on-camera host. Sarah was a former film industry professional before the end of the WSOP, when she was offered a full-time position as a video host for PokerNews and PokerStars. PokerNews produces and provides live play-by-play updates and chip counts for publication on the World Series of Poker website, as well as on PokerNews.
The partnership has continued for over 7 years. Each episode was roughly 30 minutes in length. If a player is participating in a tournament that PokerNews is live reporting from, he or she will have the ability to update his or her own chip counts, post comments, and share photos with other PokerNews readers from around the world. These player-generated updates link directly in to the PokerNews live reporting feed.
The mobile application is downloadable for iPhone and Android. In and , PokerNews received the honor of the Best Poker Affiliate awarded by iGB Affiliate taking into account criteria such as web traffic , innovation, and reputation with players, and brand power. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.