Poker players wanted. Must look good in sunglasses.

June 11, 2014

Matt Glantz, center, jokes around with others at the no-limit Texas hold ‘em table, including, Greg Merson, left, and Gavin Smith, at Maryland Live Casino on March 24 in Hanover. “Poker Night in America,” a TV show, will be filmed over two days in July at the Maryland Live Casino. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

Well, here’s your chance.

Again.

Open casting has begun for amateurs who want to play with pros for the next iteration of “Poker Night in America,” which will be filmed over two days in July at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. The first taping was in April, featuring an amateur named Gene Drubetskoy, a 30-something Reisterstown, Md., mortgage consultant.

Wannabe poker stars have to make a pitch to the casino’s creative director, Nolan Dalla, and explain why they should be chosen. Money is also key. Buy-ins for the games range from $5000 to $20,000.

What makes a television-worthy amateur? A schlubby everyman? A single mom? An acclaimed novelist?

Whoever the Chosen One is, he or she may get the rare opportunity to sit by helplessly as months and possibly years of paychecks disappear into the arms of 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Greg Merson with one fell scoop.

 

 

Annys Shin has been a staff writer at the Washington Post since 2004.
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Annys Shin · June 11, 2014