Eric Danis Tabbed for President’s Post at GPI, Hendon Mob
It’s promotion time at the Mediarex-owned Global Poker Index and its sister entity, The Hendon Poker Mob Database, where long-time head of content Eric Danis has been promoted to president of both entities.
For Danis, who has been an eight-year veteran of Mediarex and its predecessor, formerly Zokay Entertainment, the formal booting upstairs to presidency will add to an already busy lineup of roles. He was one of the first recruits of the Alex Dreyfus-founded Zokay and served as the GPI’s head statistician during its years, the took over the head-of-content role of both the GPI and the Hendon Mob database, which Zokay – by then Mediarex – acquired in 2013.
The Global Index is a flowing ranking system of tournament poker results gathered from major series and events around the planet. Its mainstay is its frequently updated “poker” ranking, though the GPI also offers several single-nation rankings as well. Its results are built on the deep database that underlies the massive Hendon Mob tourney-results data; the Hendon Mob database is an older entity that has been revitalized under Mediarex’s ownership.
Danis, a Canadian national who now lives in Las Vegas, has also played a key role in other Mediarex / GPI efforts. Those include the Global Poker League – though the verdict is still out on whether that effort will achieve long-term success – and the successful and well-received Global Poker Awards, which also include the European Poker Awards and Amerian Poker Awards.
“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.” Added Dreyfus, “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.”
“I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my poker career, continuing to work on exciting projects with an amazing team,” said Danis. Our vision will continue to focus on being the reference for live tournament poker while providing entertainment to all poker fans.”
Danis additionally told Flushdraw, regarding his expanded roles and increased responsibility at Mediarex, “I’m now solely in charge of all of the company’s poker operation. Our team is proud to be the reference for live tournament poker statistics. We are going to expand on that; on stats for both the THM database and the GPI. You will see an ever bigger presence on social media, we will continue to work towards hosting Awards and special events. My goal is to inform and entertain poker players, industry leaders, media members and poker fans.”
Danis also had warm words for the GPI’s founder, Dreyfus. “Alex Dreyfus (Mediarex CEO) has an uncanny ability to recognize talent while setting his team up for success. My favorite aspect of my work in my time with the company has been being able to do what I do best while growing into the position that I am in now. Working with so many talented team members is great as well. People have no idea how hard my team works, it’s inspirational, really.”
Danis’s increased responsibility for the GPI’s and THM’s day-to-day operations further frees Dreyfus to travel the globe and seek further entrepreneurial opportunities, a niche in which Dreyfus excels.