The Producer: WPT’s Mandy Glogow on Motherhood, Family, WIPHOF

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World Poker Supervising Producer Mandy Glogow talks to Mike Sexton and Galen Hall during a WPT event.

The end of every World Poker Tour season is always a busy one for Mandy Glogow. As the Supervising Producer for the TV product, Glogow goes from filming the final TV event of the season to jumping in to a production studio to put the finishing touches on the episodes that will air on TV throughout the rest of the year.

This year is a little bit more hectic though. Glogow is pregnant with her first child and due any day now.

“I’m trying to do my best to wrap up as much as I can on Season 14,” said Glogow, who plans on taking some time off once the baby arrives but plans on rocking the producer’s headset as soon as August for the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.

“My plan is to be back by Legends, which luckily, is a local event for me, being based in Los Angeles,” said Glogow. “It was funny, when I was talking to Adam Pliska to let him know that I was pregnant, we were laughing about how serendipitous it was that when the baby was due was in between seasons. It fell right in the right time, he’s a production baby.”

In early May, Glogow got some exciting news that only added another layer to the chaos. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame named her one of the seven finalists for the Class of 2016. She joins Jennifer Tilly, Victoria Cohen Mitchell, Esther Rossi, Shirley Rosario, Karina Jett and Debbie Burkhead as potential inductees. The nominees are voted on by a panel of media and players with the inductees honored at a ceremony on July 6.

“I was completely surprised and floored and humbled that my name was thrown into the hat for Women in Poker Hall of Fame,” said Glogow.

If you were to compare the live tournament results of the seven nominees, it’s clear that Glogow has the least impressive of the group, but Glogow’s nomination comes more for her contribution to the game and that’s something she takes extra pride in, no matter how the voting process turns out.

“I see some of these more as a popularity thing and being somebody behind the scenes, you don’t normally get too much recognition,” said Glogow. “I know Deb Giardina, who is currently at BestBet Jacksonville. She was in the last round, but she’s a strong, female executive more so getting in. I’m just a TV producer that likes to tell stories and to be recognized for that is quite an honor.”

Glogow has been with WPT since 2005.

Glogow’s humble nature shows as she undersells her accomplishments with WPT. She’s been with them for almost 12 years now. The USC film school grad found her way there because of a poker game.

“I played in a home game with somebody who had worked here, Alex Outhred,” said Glogow. “He kept saying to me, “Oh you should come if we ever have anything open. You should come work here.” I said, “Sure, keep my name in mind.” It was when they were staffing up for the short-lived Professional Poker Tour TV show, and I got hired on to do the statistics and final table data basis for the PPT. That was back in 2005”

From there Glogow worked her way up to being the one calling the shots on the production side of the business. A recreational player herself, Glogow was star struck during her early days with the company as some of her poker heroes were standing in front of her, answering questions she was asking.

“I’ve always been very attracted to the game of poker, and I think initially it was getting to meet players that I admired their game so well. The first time I met Doyle Brunson, or Jennifer Harman, I was in awe,” said Glogow.

Being able to tell the story of a tournament, while also winding in a narrative about the player at the final table, is one of the things Glogow likes most about her job. As the game of poker has grown and changed during her career, so has the group of players she’s often telling the story of.

“I just think you have to be creative and go at it at different angles. Everybody has a story. I think that some of the players are cut from a similar mold these days, where they had the same upbringing in the game,” said Glogow. “Trying to dig deep to find what is that special thing about this player that differentiates them from the rest of the field. Sometimes it’s easier to find than others.”

When the WIPHOF nominees were announced, the public was initially given the opportunity to vote. Glogow’s WPT co-workers went to work on social media, campaigning for her and it appeared to be working, but a technical glitch caused the WIPHOF to cancel the public voting. Glogow was just happy to have the support of people she considers part of her family – and knows that once the little one arrives, they’ll be even more excited for that chapter of her life.

“I know I have their support, and I know that they’re a phone call away. I live pretty close to the office, so I’m sure I’ll drop by with the baby,” said Glogow. “It’s good to know that I have the love and support of the whole WPT team.

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