HOW WORLD TAVERN CAME TO BE

 

The concept of World Tavern Poker was developed in 2004 while I was sitting with Joe Hatch, the owner of a local tavern.

 

As we enjoyed a few beers, the World Series of Poker was playing on the television screens. He and I were both avid amateur poker players. As I looked around, I noticed that everyone in the place was focused on the poker on the TVs.

 

“Look how popular this game is”, I said. “Imagine if you could hold poker tournaments for fun right here. Do you know how crowded you would be? We will make it free to all the players so it's not gambling, and give away great prizes to the winners.”

 

And that was it; Joe agreed to give it a try, and a few weeks later we held the first World Tavern Poker event. With no advertising and only a week of planning, Woody's was packed. We were turning players away and they did 2 to 3 times their normal business.

 

From that time forward, the success of these tournaments kept growing and led us to take the concept across the nation. We knew that in order to make this venture successful, we would need to focus on 2 critical success factors:

 

  • Make It affordable

  • Make It easy for the bar owners

 

With other companies charging up to $300/night to run tournaments, any profits from poker are quickly eaten away. We knew that we had to create a system that is so simple, anyone could run it.

 

Our mission has always been to give bar owners the system and the tools to create, manage and market successful events that result in great excitement and great profits for their business.

 

So if you are a bar owner looking to take your business to the next level, or simply want to put butts in seats on a slow night, then we encourage you to join World Tavern Poker.

 

We are America's #1 Poker League. It's not just a slogan - it's a time tested, tried and true fact!

 

Best Wishes,

 

Mike Matsinger

Founder

WATCH THE HISTORY

MEET THE TEAM

Over the years, we have had so many wonderful people on our team who contributed to the growth and success of the company. We pride ourselves in providing a true "TEAM" environment in the office and at our events.

MIKE MATSINGER

Founder

 

Mike grew up in Southern New Jersey and lived in and around Atlantic City during college. He has always worked for himself, primarily because who the hell would hire him? He loves creating companies, playing poker, and taking shots with players at the OPEN!

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MARIE McCARTHY

National Sales Director

Marie has been playing in the league since 2006 at The Cambridge Inn in New Jersey. For nearly 10 years she ran the NJ Franchise and joined our team as Natl. Sales Dir. in 2019. 

She loves to put her toes in the sand and the ocean breeze in her hair. 

KATHY KENNEDY

Special Events Guru

 

Kathy has been a long time player in the league and replied to a help wanted ad for Marketing Assistant in 2005. As a graduate of Duke and long time entrepreneur, she was way overqualified but wanted to join the team. We are so happy she did!

JOHN OWENS

Tech Guy & Handler Of Mike

 

John is a long time player and great friend to the league. He basically volunteers his time at our special events because a) he loves us and b) he recognized immediately that Mike needed a babysitter (just ask him about the time he found $10,000 laying on a sofa at Trivia Nationals!)

THOMAS GIDLOW

Director of Marketing

Thomas began playing World Tavern Poker in 2006, then jumped ship to work for another league in 2008. Once he came to his senses, he came back and joined our team in 2014.  

 

Thomas also met Sammi, his awesome wife, at the WTP tables.

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CARLEIGH MAGEE

Lead Graphic Designer

 

Carleigh joined the World Tavern and One Up Parties team in April of 2021. With a passion for all things creative and learning, she is always happy to make a design or help where it is needed. She is also always silently judging your font choice!

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JOSH BARDWELL

Regional Sales Director

 

Info coming soon!

 

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MIKE & TERESA FILIPELLI

Entertainment & Drinking

 

Mike is a long time player who would call the office all the time offering to be part of our entertainment at the OPENS. The guy was nuts...so we said YES! Thank gosh for his beautiful wife Teresa or we would have kicked him to the curb years ago!  :) :) :)

HEIDI

Office Bartender

Email Heidi

Heidi joined the team in 2009 when we realized that if we are in the Bar Entertainment business, then we need a bartender.

 

She has been voted "least likely to talk back" 10 years running and also has a niece (Hannah) who travels with the team to special events.

MEET THE FRANCHISE GROUPS

Cindy Moses

Southern NY & North Jersey

Email Cindy

 

Cindy was introduced to the league through long time player Mike Cassa.

 

She became the franchisee for Southern NY and Bergen County NJ in 2012 and is the creator of Bar Wars in her markets!

Christi Bowers

Northern Virginia

Email Christi

 

Christi has been a long time player in Maryland and was the first to ever reach the Million Point mark in a single season!

 

She has managed the Northern VA market since April of 2011.

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Franchisee / Player Rep

 

World Tavern Entertainment is an incredibly fun and exciting business. Want to be a part of it? Just email us HERE for franchise and/or player rep information.

 

 

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Brad Baker

Eastern North Carolina

Email Brad

 

New to the team, Brad took over the territory from long-time owners Dick & Charlotte Macartney.

Brad is an avid WTP player, a graduate from THE Ohio State University, and founder of East Coast Tavern Entertainment.

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Robert Harper

Central Tennessee 

Email Robert

 

Robert started in bar poker leagues in 2018 in the Chattanooga, TN area. In 2021, Robert played in his first WTP event at Ebel's Tavern in Carthage, TN. His great experiences got him hooked, and seeing an opportunity, became a WTP Franchise owner at the start of 2022.

MEET OUR INDEPENDENT POKER REPS

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Johnny Nicodeme

NC - Charlotte Region

 

Been playing WTP since 2011 and have met some awesome friends during this time. I’m married with 3 daughters and a dog. Signed up my first WTP venue (Harvey’s) in 2015 and joined the team shortly after.

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Pat Phillips

NJ - South West

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Chris Ryhard

Alaska

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John Schondek

NJ - West

John started playing WTP around 2010 at BBQ in west NJ. Met Marie in 2011 at Firkin Tavern and stepped up to be the TD, and the rest is history. Been working the NJ Mega Regionals since 2012. Married for 34 years and has 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren!

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Adam Zachary

NJ - Central

Adam began playing World Tavern Poker in 2016 and became a td at locations in central new jersey Adam has helped us out at or regionals events in New Jersey and National Events for the last 6 years . In 2020, Adam joined our team as a New Jersey rep for central New Jersey.