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Dan Ott’s Massive Payday at the World Series of Poker

Dan Ott’s hopes of winning the 2017 World Series of Poker came to an abrupt end at 12:10 a.m. MST on Sunday, July 23. But the $4.7 million he ended up taking home isn’t a bad consolation prize.

Ott ’15 Altoona participated in the World Series of Poker this year for the first time, taking part in its no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em main event. He made it to the final two, where he went 1-on-1 with the eventual winner for 66 hands.

Unfortunately for Ott, his tournament ended because of an unlucky break—he went all in and had the odds firmly in his corner, but the final card to appear on the board gave his opponent the hand and the championship. You can watch how it all went down at the top of this post.

Despite the rough end, Ott didn’t seem too disappointed.

“The cards didn’t go my way,” Ott says. “But I got second place in the third-largest main event ever. I can’t complain about that.”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

August 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Jerry Zolten is Heading to the Grammys

Photo via Penn State Altoona

Photo via Penn State Altoona

While most of us will watch the Grammy Awards next month from our living rooms, Penn State Altoona professor Jerry Zolten will be at the ceremony in Los Angeles. That is because Zolten ’69 will act as the liaison and assist in a pre-show performance for The Fairfield Four, a Nashville-based vocal group that is up for the Best Roots Gospel Album award.

According to a release, Zolten has strong ties to the group, as he produced one of its albums and produced one member’s solo album. He also played a role in the record that’s up for a Grammy, Still Rockin’ My Soul – Zolten was a repertoire consultant and wrote the album’s liner notes.

This will mark the second year in a row that Zolten is involved with a Grammy-nominated project. In 2015, Zolten was a writer and researcher for The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume I (1917-27), a series of vinyl records which took home the Grammy for Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment


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