Joined HPT: January 2013
Education: Master of Accountancy from North Dakota State University
About Derek: Derek is involved in the financial side of HPT. He has a background in the entertainment industry having worked for Free Poker Network and a national concert promoter.
Poker Highlight: Won a seat into the 2005 WSOP Main Event where I played 14 hours at a table with Phil Ivey. I busted when Ivey trapped with his pocket sevens on a 2, 6, 7, A, J board when I was holding ace-jack. I put him on a smaller two pair and moved all-in. He obviously called and I was busted, a disappointing finish but at least I have an interesting story.
Favorite HPT Moment: When a personal friend of mine made the Final Table of one of the very first HPT events.
Lead Video Editor
Joined HPT: April 2010
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and a Minor in Business from Minnesota State University Moorhead
Aaron: Aaron left the family farm in rural Minnesota to run
away with our traveling poker circus.
On set, Aaron runs one of sixteen cameras. In the edit bay, he meticulously pieces together footage and
graphics for each one-hour episode of HPT. Following your appearance at our Final Table, Aaron will
likely stare at your face eight hours a day for six weeks until the episodes
are ready to air nationwide. He
has the ability to choose the most-unflattering shots of you, so you will want
to be extra nice to Aaron on set.
Favorite HPT Moment: Woking the Starky Charity Event
Follow Aaron on Twitter @HPTAaron
Lead Camera Op/Film Editor
Joined HPT: August 2006
Education: Film degree from Full Sail
About Goose: Goose specializes in shooting, grip work, and editing and has a vast resume of work for national shows such as the Oprah show, TLC's Extreme Couponing, and ABC's Extreme Home Makeover. Film work includes the documentary "Why Tuesday" produced by actress Kristen Dunst and the feature-length "Timber Dead and Down". Goose has covered many live events for companies such as UFC and Microsoft. He's had the pleasure to film interviews with Josh Duhamel, Bristol Palin, and Alf Clausen, to name a few.
Poker Highlight: Capturing interviews with some of the top personalities in poker including Annie Duke, Phil Helmuth, and Gavin Smith.
Favorite HPT Moment: Betting on the outcome of an HPT episode with my friends who didn't know I put the show together.
Joined HPT: July 2007
Education: Broadcast Arts school in South Field, Michigan
About Kevin: Based outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kevin can be seen covering many of the pro and college sports teams in the Detroit area. Credits include the Superbowl, Nascar, NCAA, NBA, and Stanley Cup Finals.
Poker Highlight: Hitting two straight flushes in the same night playing 3-card poker with Darvin Moon.
Favorite HPT Moment: Getting to meet Phil Hellmuth and Steve Martin at a charity event.
Joined HPT: Spring 2013
About Dale: Dale has been in the industry for years. Starting his career in local news, he has been assigned to cover nearly every type of story imaginable. Dale's body of work includes documentaries, news stories, and sporting events.
Poker Highlight: Anytime I can touch a table from Blackjack to Pai gow and leave with more money, I'm happy.
Favorite HPT Moment: Getting to sit and hear some of poker's best stories through the mouths of colorful characters like Darvin Moon, Gavin Smith; and, of course, Doyle Brunson.
Joined HPT: September 2012
Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Broadcasting from Pittsburg State University
About Zack: In his work with TV production companies, Zack has worked on shows for MTV, the Travel Channel, and Discovery. As a student, he led a full crew as a sports producer on campus, producing well over 100 events from football to baseball. Now a dedicated member of our road crew, Zack travels to each stop from his home in Kansas.
Poker Highlight: Winning an online free-roll tourney
Favorite HPT Moment: Any time a Poker Joe takes downs a Poker Pro. Gotta love an underdog and it makes for great TV.
Joined HPT: I got my foot in the door by filming a few HPT events in 2011, and then got a spot on the crew in the fall of 2012.
Education: Broadcast Arts school in South Field, Michigan
About Gabe: I love my job. Wouldn't want to do anything else. The guys I work with on a day to day basis are the best.
Poker Highlight: I'm not much of a gambler. My favorite card game is War!
Favorite HPT Moment: Meeting and hanging out with Lou Diamond Phillips at an event in Reno. I had to resist calling him Chavez, his Young Guns character. He was very down-to-Earth.
Marketing, Public Relations, & Live Updates
Joined HPT: October 2012
About Michael: Michael is well-known in the poker community as "@Merchdawg" on twitter. He got his first job in the industry in 2010 with a small online staking site. He went on to work on contract basis for a number of poker-centric sites before landing a job with Bluff Magazine.
Poker Highlight: Turning the $60 that I had in my pocket into over $700 in less than 24 hours playing poker, then giving a few hundred of that back to the casino.
Favorite HPT Moment: Every time we crown a new champion and being the lucky guy that gets to capture that moment through photos.
Follow Michael on Twitter @Merchdawg
Joined HPT: Fall 2013
Education: Business Management/Marketing - Western Iowa Tech Community College
About Shannon: Shannon has been in all aspects of production for roughly 20 years. He's worked as a photographer, videographer, editor, producer and head floor sweeper. Shannon has produced over 200 local, regional, and national programs. He now adds poker tot he long list of subject matter he has covered, including hunting, taxidermy, motorcycles, cooking, music and racing.
Poker Highlight: Playing in an HPT media tournament and winning by taking out 35 people in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Favorite HPT Moment: The adventure has just begun. See you on the tour.