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Meet Heartland Poker Tour's Talent

Information on the commentators and talent that keep the show running.

Jaymz Larson


You’ve seen Jaymz on set calling the action at the final table and interviewing players holding piles of cash.

Straight from America’s Heartland, Jaymz is accustomed to conducting interviews in the heat of the battle as a sideline reporter for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Roughrider hockey team. He has 10 years of previous broadcasting experience as the host of an educational program on Mediacom Cable and as host of a weekly radio show on 94.1 KRNA in Cedar Rapids.

Well-rounded on production, Jaymz is versed on the other side of the lens as well. HPT players may recognize Jaymz from his work filming and producing segments for HPT before his move to on-camera work. A freelance television producer, he’s honed his skills for clients such as MSNBC, Oprah, Doctor Phil, True TV, WWE, the Big Ten Network, CBS and ABC.

Kenna James, Color Analyst

The multi-talented Kenna James is a jack of many trades. His resume includes experience as a professional poker player, personal coach, and television commentator.

Kenna, who currently lives in Las Vegas with his fiancé Julie, got his start in the poker world as a dealer. He quickly realized that he had a knack as a player too and chose to pursue a career as a professional. As such, Kenna has amassed nearly $4 million in tournament earnings over the years. Those impressive results include over 20 wins and appearances at more than 100 final tables.

Kenna the coach works to inspire players and help them develop their game through conscious effort and self-determination. When he's not playing, coaching, or working on future HPT episodes for TV, Kenna enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and acting.

Kenna James