Professional Poker Player and Coach
Playing poker professionally internationally for 15+ years Kenna has been ranked as high as 38th in the world of professional poker. He has over 100 final tables to his credit with 20+ title wins. Including final tables in Australia, Monte Carlo and Amersterdam.
Kenna is also a poker television commentator for “The Heartland Poker Tour,” and has been coaching poker and helping others improve their games for over 10 years.
A supporter of many charities, “Ante Up for Autism” has always been his favorite and is excited to return and go All-In this year to support our great cause.
Professional Poker Player
Michelle Lau was the Co-Host for
2013 Ante Up For Autism Event
She is also the winner of the
Ante Up For Autism 2010 Poker Tournament
Since hitting the professional poker circuit in 2005, Michelle has had many final table appearances & victories throughout the US & Europe. She can often be found laughing, joking and playing poker with some of the world's greatest poker players and professional athletes and some of Hollywood's elite.
As a professional poker player, Michelle co-founded FIDPA (Federation Internationale de Poker Association) with Marcel Luske "The Flying Dutchman," to unite the poker industry & to ensure the game is played with fairness. In 2008, she wrote "The International Poker Rules" a standard set of fully modifiable tournament poker rules, that is currently used in card rooms around the world.
Today, she continues travels the world playing poker & is currently pursuing her MBA degree at George Washington University School of Business' STAR EMBA program. She was recently granted a Nevada Gaming License & is currently an Independent Casino Host for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. She spends much of her free time being actively involved with various charity organizations including TACA (Talking About Curing Autism), Starkey Hearing Foundation, Opportunity Village, Pros for Africa & many more.
Actor, Director and Professional Poker Player
Joseph Reitman was the Co-Host for
2013 Ante Up For Autism Event.
Joseph Reitman has appeared in over 50 episodes of television including recurring roles on Married with Children, Charmed, Hudson Street and The Shield, and guest starring roles on The Drew Carey Show, The Pretender, CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas, Sleeper Cell, In Plain Sight , Monk, Supernatural, Just Add Magic, NCIS; LA and recently appeared on Ray Donovan. Joe was also a series regular on Townies for ABC, and has also acted in over 20 feature films including The Perfect Storm, Clueless, Tomcats, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, American Pie 2, Bandidas, M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady In The Water, Gamer, Crank 2, Money Monster and the upcoming This Is Meg and Mom & Dad.
In 2005 Joe created and co-produced the poker show Annie Duke Takes On The World for GSN, 2007 associate produced the indie film Ten Inch Hero and was a co- executive producer on “The Animated Cheech & Chong Movie” that was released in 2013. He was also was a segment producer for the second season of the CW’s Penn & Teller’s : Fool Us in 2015.
Joe directed comedy segments for CBS’s The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson starting in 2008. That eventually lead to directing full episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for sweeps week in 2011 which he shot all over the city of Paris.
Joe also played poker professionally, playing in the World Series of Poker for 5 years, being sponsored by UltimateBet.com for 1 year and Full Tilt Poker for 2 years as a pro, as well as winning the Stone Cold Nuts Tournament online and beating out 2774 players to win $266,000 in his biggest single event win.
In his free time Joe has been teaching acting on and off in Los Angeles. Joe also wrote a comic that was published by Marvel. Spiderman Unlimited #14….and he was super happy to be able to cross that off his bucket list.
Pro Poker Player
Traniello made his first appearance at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2005, finishing in the moneyin seven different events (tied for the most money finishes in the 2005 WSOP with Michael Mizrachi and Tony Cousineau). Amongst these money finishes, Traniello made the final table of the $2,000 pot limithold'em event.
He played in the 2005 World Speed Poker Open in London and cashed in the $15,000 no limit hold'emmain event of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
Traniello writes for Card Player Magazine and is a member of Marcel Luske's Circle of Outlaws.
At the 2007 World Series of Poker, he made it to the final table in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. He finished 5th, winning $156,435, his biggest win to date.
As of January 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $700,000. His 27 cashes at the WSOP account for $489,220 of those winnings.
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