New Ambassadors, a Veteran and a Rookie
“Poker clothing brand welcomes two new representatives”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- The RunGood calendar revolves around the start of the Vegas Summer. With each new year, a committee of RunGood Ambassadors tap two individuals to join and represent the clothing brand out in Las Vegas. A mix of characteristics and accomplishments go into selecting players for discussion. The selections are capped at two every year and are chosen from a short list edited and revised since the company’s beginning in 2012.
“The Poker Community is filled with great ambassadors for the game which makes the selection process tougher every year as we are able to connect with more players through the RunGood Poker Series. It’s no easy task selecting representatives, many names were put into discussion the past couple of months. After many conference calls, the field was narrowed down to two with some strong front runners for next year’s recruitment.” said Tana Karn, Founder and CEO of RunGoodGear.
This year will bring on a ten-year poker veteran alongside a newly full-time poker professional. One hails from Long Island, NY and the other Nashville, TN. Player A spent the last decade grinding cash games online while Player B grinded a music career as a drummer across North America. Despite their differences, each found their love of the game through family.
“I am so honored to be joining the RunGood Ambassador Team! I love the people I’ve met so far and I look forward to meeting the rest of the team and making new friends and lifelong memories!”
RunGood: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Lexy: I’m 32 years old from Long Island, NY. I’ve been playing poker professionally for 10 years. I am also the Vice President of the Charity Series of Poker. I grew up playing card games with my family. After graduating from college, I started playing full-time poker and moved to Canada with some friends where I learned to multi-table (up to 24 tables) on PokerStars. Eventually I moved to Las Vegas to make the switch to live poker. I now live in NY where I play private games and occasionally travel for tournaments.
RunGood: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your poker career?
Lexy: I would have to say my father. My dad is the most hardworking person I know. He taught my brother and I to work hard and strive to be the best. I attribute much of my success in poker to him.
RunGood: What has been your favorite poker memory so far?
Lexy: My best poker memories are from my travels. I feel so fortunate to play a game for a living that allows me to travel the world. I guess my top memory was traveling through Europe to EPT Monte Carlo.
RunGood: Future poker plans?
Lexy: I plan to be in Vegas for all of WSOP. I’ll be playing a full schedule. After WSOP I look forward to coming back home to Long Island where I can enjoy the beach and hang with friends and family.
“It's a huge honor to join such a hilarious team of crushers, if only you could see the group texts. There was a lot of uncertainty when I made the transition from music to poker a year and a half ago and having this opportunity validates every decision I've made so far. I still have a lot of goals to achieve as a player, but I can't imagine a better poker family to grow with than the RunGood team.”
RunGood: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Preston: I spent a majority of my 20's touring North America as a drummer. Now I'm 30 and am lucky to have the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my wife, Mary, and my two daughters Harper and Nola. Oh yeah...I also get to play a bit more poker now.
RunGood: What’s your poker origin story?
Preston: My uncle was a dealer/professional player in Vegas while I was growing up. Whenever the family got together we would all play and he'd get so frustrated over the terrible calls we'd make. Sorry, Uncle Randy. In my early twenties I found a group of friends who had a good home game and I spent 4-5 nights week staying up until sunrise honing my game.
RunGood: Have any heroes?
Preston: Music-wise- Dave Grohl. From Nirvana to Tenacious D to Foo Fighters, everything he touches is gold. He's the GOAT.
Poker-wise- Phil Ivey. Not only does he crush all variants of poker, he also has a table presence that just can't bet topped. It would be fun to play with him someday. Oh yeah, and Uncle Ron. I think I will forever idolize Uncle Ron.
RunGood: What’s been the best poker memory you’ve had to date?
Preston: Last year, I was fortunate enough to play my first WSOP Main Event. Although I didn't cash, just being in that environment and feeling the excitement in the air was pretty cool to experience. It was actually my first bracelet event. Not many poker settings beat playing in the Amazon Room during the Main.
RunGood: Planning on going back?
Preston: I'll be out in Vegas for the first few weeks of the summer playing a few bracelet events and some of the side events. Then I'm going to spend some time with my family who mostly all live on the West Coast. I have 7 siblings and I'm the only one in Nashville so it's not often we can all to get together. The plan is to close out the summer in Vegas and take another shot at the Main.
About RunGoodGear.com: RunGoodGear.com is poker’s premier online-store for apparel. Their mission is to provide poker players with stylish and comfortable clothing for their daily grind on and off the felt. RunGoodGear.com went live during the 2012 World Series of Poker and was featured at the WSOP Main Event Final Table through Poker Pro Rob Salaburu. The brand currently sponsors a roster of over 20 professional poker players. As of today, RunGood Gear has earned a strong following among tournament grinders and has been seen on Pokernews.com, ALL IN Magazine, ESPN, FOX Sports Net, Poker Night in America, Live at the Bike, the WPT, and the WSOP.