Known worldwide as ‘the Voice of Poker’, Jesse May is the most respected poker commentator in the game and he supplies knowledgeable and highly entertaining analysis on all Matchroom Sport poker programming.
May was raised in Madison, New Jersey, where he first became hooked on poker playing with friends. In 1988 he attended the University of Chicago, but dropped out due to it clashing with his poker pursuits, before he then spent six years travelling the world playing poker.
He then found fame by presenting the Late Night Poker television series. Starting in 1999, the series was a precursor of the poker boom and the first real look at the game on UK TV.
May has also written a novel called ‘Shut Up and Deal’ about the character of Mickey Dane, an alias May adopted when competing in the first series of Late Night Poker.
In September 2006, May signed a two-year deal with Matchroom Sport who now represent him for all activities within the poker television world.
"I love the game and love what I do and Matchroom’s enthusiasm for poker makes this the perfect marriage," said May.
Barry Hearn, Matchroom chairman, added: “Jesse is quite simply the face of televised poker and no one can compete with what he brings to a show. We’re delighted to have acquired his exclusive services.
“Despite all the star names in poker, it’s quite clear that without Jesse May the show is just not quality poker. Apart from being the very best professional out there, his knowledge, contacts and enthusiastic quips means no poker show is complete without him.”
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