Eric Danis, the long-time head of poker content at Global Poker Index and Hendon Mob, has been promoted to the role of president of both Mediarex-owned operations.
The GPI announced Danis’ elevation to the president’s role on Thursday, April 5.
Danis, a Canadian native, current resident of Las Vegas, and an eight-year veteran of the business side of the poker world, adds more responsibility to his multiple roles at Mediarex. His efforts there, first as chief statistician and later for five years as GPI’s and THM’s content chief, have helped build the two offerings into vital sources of info for major poker-tourney results.
The Hendon Mob Poker Database, which Mediarex founder Alex Dreyfus acquired back in 2013, has long been recognized for its extensive records from major poker series. The popular results database, which has been billed as the “largest poker portal in Europe”, also serves as a compliment to and the foundation of the Global Poker Index.
The GPI offers current rankings of poker players’ live-tournament results and offers several different flowing ranks, including the “global” list that sifts all major cashes around the globe, along with several “national” charts that have been part of Danis’ previous focus. As a counterpoint to the Hendon Mob’s career-based offerings, the two sites form a go-to source for player-performance information.
Danis, a veteran poker player himself before joining the Mediarex (formerly Zokay Entertainment) operation, said: “I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my poker career, continuing to work on exciting projects with an amazing team. Our vision will continue to focus on being the reference for live tournament poker while providing entertainment to all poker fans”.
‘Building global powerhouses’
“Eric has been instrumental in building the GPI and THM to the global powerhouses that they are today,” said Alexandre Dreyfus, Mediarex’s CEO. “I’m delighted that he will now lead operations, ensuring that both GPI and THM continue to be a recognised authority in the world of poker.”
Mr. Dreyfus offered additional comment on Danis’ move to the executive ranks, stating: “Eric has been the hard worker behind the data, rankings and the content of GPI and HendonMob for the last few years, so giving him more freedom to continue to develop the product was completely natural. He is leading a great team and have great projects for the poker community.”
The statistically-minded Danis has been an integral part of several other ongoing projects under Mediarex’s and Dreyfus’s GPI umbrella. Those have included two, live-event efforts the Global Poker Masters and the Global Poker League, plus the European Poker Awards and their US counterpart, the American Poker Awards.
Danis will continue operating from Las Vegas while also supervising Mediarex teams based in Amsterdam, London and Malta. Danis’ boost in rank and responsibility also frees up Mediarex founder Dreyfus to focus even more on his global, entrepreneurial efforts, which extend well into other segments of the gambling world.