Inaugural Recording Industry Poker Tournament a Big Success


The final moments 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: David Goggin

In this time of economic uncertainty, the recording industry came together to have some fun, win some gear and raise more than $7,000 for Sound Art, an organization in Los Angeles that provides a musical education for children in schools, after-school programs and community centers in underserved urban neighborhoods.

With only a $100 buy-in, more than 100 players and spectators from across the pro audio industry came out to place their bets at the Village Recorder in West Los Angeles for an event in which the L.A. elite in the pro audio industry mingled, networked and won gear from Telefunken, Audio-Technica, Digidesign, SSL and many others.

David Reitzas, who hosted the event, was happy with its outcome. "The goal of putting together this poker tournament was to find an excuse to bring the members of our recording industry closer together, to see old friends and make new ones," Reitzas says. "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."

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From left: 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 tournament founder and host Dave Reitzas.

Photo: David Goggin

Winners included Joe Peluso from the Record Plant, who took home the Telefunken ELA M252 mic; Eric Gerber, who won a Bricasti M7 Stereo Reverb Processor; and Christophe Beck, who won the ECS-410 Everest Channel Strip donated by Summit Audio.

David Reitzas’ father, Gary was able to snag the Ocean Way Drums Platinum HD sample library, while John Van Nest of Resonate Music took home the Royer Labs R-121 ribbon mic. Drummer Steven Slate won the KRK VXT6 studio monitors and J.J. Blair won Platinum Samples Drum Packs. Avrom Gart won the BFD FXpansion Pack.

Karen Margoff 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, which we are grateful for. I have been involved in events for the audio industry for a long time,” says the veteran event planner of such high-profile events as the TEC Awards and the Mix Open Golf Tournament. “This day was exactly what I expected. Audio professionals coming out for a good cause and being able to have a great time in the process.”

Additional sponsors included Aphex, Antares, Apogee Electronics, Audio-Technica, Blue Microphones, Brainworx, Peter Chaikin, Coffin Cases, Design FX Audio, East/West Sounds, Focusrite, FXpansion USA, Inc.,, Genelec, KRK, Logic Pro Help, Lurssen Mastering, Odds On Recording Studios, Platinum Samples, Propellerhead Software, RealTraps, Royer, Shure, Solid State Logic, Sound Performance Labs, Steven Slate Drums and studioexpresso.

For more information, visit Sound Art at and KMD Productions at