RE: R.I.P. Chip Reese

by , Dec 5, 2007 | 2:36 am

Harrah’s writes in with the WSOP parent-company’s thoughts and condolences:

WSOP’s Statement on Passing of Poker Legend ‘Chip’ Reese

LAS VEGAS – December 4, 2007 – Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. and the World Series of Poker® issued the following statement today to express condolences to the family, friends and fans of poker great David “Chip” Reese, who died today following a brief illness.

“Many consider Chip the greatest cash-game player who ever lived, but he was also a World Series of Poker legend,” said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “His victory in the inaugural $50,000 buy-in HORSE championship in 2006 won him his third WSOP bracelet.and made him a part of WSOP lore forever.

“On behalf of the WSOP and Harrah’s Entertainment, I want to extend to his family our deepest sympathies,” Pollack said.

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, nearly 70 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions, and now owns or manages casinos on four continents. The Company’s properties operate primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names; Harrah’s also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos. Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. For more information, please visit

8 Comments to “RE: R.I.P. Chip Reese”

  1. jody fayant

    It seems odd that this poker legend was in the hospital the night before and then sent home. He himself knew there was something horribly wrong with his health yet no action was taken. Is there any answers as to why the doctors sent him home?

  2. California Jen

    The full story has not been released, but a close friend of Chip’s family, Eric Drache, said that Chip called the doctor around 10pm on Monday night and never did go to the hospital. He died at home.

    At this point, we don’t know if the doctor told him to go and he chose not to, or if the doctor simply wanted to see him the next morning. And unless Chip told someone, we may never know.

  3. Venita

    I understand he was a chain smoker and also had had rheumatic fever as a child. Maybe one or both of those things were contributing factors.

    I also understand he was quite the family man — I’m sure they’re in shock and heartbroken. Very sad.

  4. On Tilt

    Nice….I like how Harrah’s marketing BS at the bottom of the letter was longer than anything they had to say about one of the legends of the game….and that the only real references to Chip were concerning his “WSOP” victories.

    classy…thanks for caring

  5. Alicia

    Ok… in Harrah’s defense… the last paragraph is like a “signature” that goes at the bottom of all press releases. It’s part of being a publicly traded company.

  6. On Tilt

    true…and I assumed as much. At the same time, this wasn’t your standard business letter. I just felt like a little more thought and consideration was in order.

    But then again, I’m a grumpy old man. So take my comments with a grain of salt.

  7. DanM

    I agree that it comes off as a little cold … but true enough, when they send out press releases like that, they expect the media to strip out all the legal-promotional jimjabber. They just don’t expect sites like Pokerati to be lazy share a little of the behind the scenes stuff necessary bidness stuff with you all.

    Personally, I think what we see in this statement is a corporation being as caring as it can be. By comparison, when the WPT had one of their employees die — in a way that affected a tournament — they didn’t even mention his name in the press release explaining why certain equipment didn’t show up!

    Not to be too morose, but you can tell a lot about folks with how they handle death.

  8. Ed

    plus i think the original copy they sent had that blurb in a much smaller text. obviously Dan is still learning how to do HTML. 😛

    back to the topic. i only saw Chip a few times on the tube but really enjoyed watching him play and he always looked like one of the good guys of poker.