WRAT-FM, WJRZ-FM and WDHA-FM Staffers Play Celebrity Poker
November 6, 2014
Thanks to a great relationship with the folks at PartyPoker and the World Poker Tour (WPT), 95.9 WRAT-FM, 105.5 WDHA-FM and 100.1 WJRZ-FM were invited to play in the 2014 WPT World Championship Media Event during the World Poker Tour taking place at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 28. Representing the stations at the charity poker tournament were Doug “The Promorat” Sjonvall, Marketing Director of WRAT-FM; Matt Knight from the WJRZ-FM morning show; and Mike Cocheo, overnight personality at WDHA-FM.
The event started with a reception at the Borgata that included some of poker’s top pros as well as some non-pros from radio, print and TV, who would be vying for the top prize of $8,000 donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.
Tournament players included Mike Sexton, the World Poker Tour’s TV commentator; poker superstar Phil Hellmuth; Ken Daneyko of the Stanley Cup champions New Jersey Devils; NJ Devils-76ers CEO Scott O’Neil; 76er greats Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins and Malik Rose; WPT commentator Vince Van Patten; WPT pro Marvin Rettenmaier; poker pro/commentator Matt Savage; and the World Poker Tour Royal Flush Girls.
WJRZ-FM’s Matt Knight was seated at table 1, where he was the only non-pro. WDHA-FM’s Mike Cocheo was seated at table 2, sandwiched between the imposing figures of Darryl Dawkins (6’11”) and Phil Hellmuth (6’7”). Across from him was female pro Kara Scott and three WPT Royal Flush Girls. At Doug Sjonvall’s table were NJ Devils-76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, Ken Daneyko and three poker pros.
Sjonvall took down a heads-up pot early on against Daneyko with a full house to win an autographed Philadelphia 76ers basketball. The first of the
three Greater Media representatives to get knocked out was Cocheo, who realistically didn’t stand a chance with Hellmuth to his right. Next to go was Sjonvall. WJRZ-FM Morning Man Matt Knight made it to the final table. Knight, a die-hard New York Rangers fan, was at the final table with the likes of Daneyko and O’Neil. Knight was knocked out in eighth place by O’Neil. His knockout prize?
An autographed Devils jersey hand-delivered from across the table by Scott “Mr. Devil” O’Neil.
The charity tournament winner was New York Daily News writer Chris Baud with Daneyko coming in second; both winners donated their prize money of $8,000 and $2,000, respectively, to the charity of their choice.
Greater Media New Jersey was honored that WRAT-FM, WJRZ-FM and WDHA-FM were three of only four radio stations invited to this charity tournament of professionals, and they held their own, mostly thanks to the poker skills of Matt Knight!