Inaugural Recording Industry Poker Tournament a Big Success

Winner Joe Peluso Picks TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251 As His Grand Prize.
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Pictured is the final moment at the final table of the inaugural Recording Industry Poker Tournament held at The Village in Los Angeles. At right foreground is grand prize winner Joe Peluso, senior staff engineer at Record Plant recording studios, and winner of the grand prize TELEFUNKEN Ela M 251 large diaphragm tube microphone. Photo by David Goggin.

In this time of economic uncertainty, recording industry members united for an afternoon of fun, competing for pro-audio gear while benefiting local children’s charity Sound Art LA. More than 100 players and spectators from across the recording industry came out to place their bets at the Village Recorder in West LA in an event that invited everyone from the audio industry to mingle, network and win gear from TELEFUNKEN, Audio Technica, Bricasti, Summit, SSL and many others. Final table winner Joe Peluso from the Record Plant took home his choice of all the prizes, the TELEFUNKEN Ela M 251 mic.

Dave Reitzas, who hosted the event was amazed with the outcome, “The goal of putting together this poker tournament was to find an excuse to bring all members of our recording industry closer together – to see old friends and make new ones. We reached that goal and as a bonus we were able to raise money for a great charity. I can’t thank the sponsors and volunteers enough for their generosity in making this a truly spectacular day.”

Karen Margroff Dunn, of KMD Productions, was thrilled with the first-ever RIPT, “We can’t wait to do this again next year. Everyone had a great time and manufacturers were eager to support us, for which we are grateful. This day was exactly what we had hoped for. Audio professionals uniting for a good cause and having a great time in the process.”

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Pictured (L-R) at the inaugural Recording Industry Poker Tournament held at The Village in Los Angeles are grand prize winner Joe Peluso, senior staff engineer at Record Plant recording studios, holding his TELEFUNKEN Ela M 251 large diaphragm tube microphone; CN Fletcher, TELEFUNKEN VP of Marketing, and Dave Reitzas, tournament founder. Photo by David Goggin.

Dunn said they were able to raise more than $7,000 for Sound Art LA, a musical outlet for children that provides access to the tools of popular music and guidance from professional musicians.

For more information about TELEFUNKEN, visit: http://www.t-funk.com

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