Our Origin Story:
The Poker People was started by Lara Gertzen in 2006 as a retail shop and dealer school. Known then as West LA Poker Dealer Academy, Lara trained new dealers for the casinos while also selling poker supplies to the West LA community. After some time, it became obvious that fighting the internet to sell poker chips was a losing battle and the retail store was closed to focus on training dealers.
In November 2007 Lara got a desperate call from the HR department at a local business. They had waited too long to book a casino night company for their holiday party (seriously folks, get those things booked by September) and no one was available. Looking out at a room full of great dealers Lara asked the obvious question, “Hey guys, wanna go to a party?” And that is how West LA Poker, the event company, was born.