Articles by: Dave Ferrara

A Friendship Born in Battle

Dave Ferrara | July 15, 2014

Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer bond in the tightly contested 2014 race for WSOP Player of the Year A year ago, if Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer crossed paths in the hallway of the Rio, they probably wouldn’t even have made eye contact. In 2014, they would stop and hug and chat about life and [...]

Making a Name

Dave Ferrara | June 15, 2014

Doug Polk Works on Building His Poker Brand Last year, during the NBC “National Heads Up Championship,” Huck Seed and would-be 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk shook hands inside the Caesars Palace poker room. Seed appeared somewhat surprised that Polk, an elite heads up No Limit Hold’em grinder at the time, was not invited [...]

‘Your Greatest Asset is Your Future:’

Dave Ferrara | May 15, 2014

Kevin Boudreau’s long road to recovery One day in April, Kevin Boudreau pointed at his father. The 26-year-old seemed frustrated, but he was unable to enunciate, having suffered a traumatic brain injury that paralyzed him less than a year earlier. “Alright Kevin, let’s try to figure out what you want,” said his father, Jim Boudreau. [...]

Tony Dunst and the Real Bond18

Dave Ferrara | December 15, 2013

Life imitates art as the ‘Raw Deal’ host captures WPT title The plot could not have been more perfectly penned: A six-figure win for Tony Dunst, the man who carries himself with the charismatic class and dresses with the mature style of 007 and is known throughout the poker world as Bond18, at a place [...]

Elite Seat: The WPT’s Alpha8 Experience

Dave Ferrara | November 15, 2013

Chairs like these are not found in most poker rooms. Modern yet simple in design with pillowy white cushions, the eight clouds invite you to plop down and grind forever. Or until you win the tournament and take home enough cash to fill your mansion with them. For $100,000 (sometimes more) you can have a [...]

Becoming a Man

Dave Ferrara | July 15, 2013

Poker prodigy Mike “Timex” McDonald is pushing the limits Here is a boy who became a man through the long, mathematical grind of poker, the day in and day out dedication that pushes elite players to the top. Here is a man who more than likely has already deciphered all the variables of that poker [...]

Pro’s Pro With Jesse Martin

Dave Ferrara | July 15, 2013

The Pro’s Pro appears in each issue of BLUFF Magazine and also appears on In it, we look at the lives and careers of some of the most successful tournament pros traveling the circuit today. This edition takes a look at Massachusetts native Jesse Martin, who started playing cash games as a junior at [...]