This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Martin Harris, author of “Poker & Pop Culture, Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game,”. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Harris talks about about the enduring influence of this American-created game on pop culture; how Vegas was slow to feature the game as a prominent part of the casino environment; the proliferation of poker terms in everyday use; and its future in the world online gaming.
Harris is a writer, teacher, and poker reporter who has covered the game for the last dozen years. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University at Bloomington and has taught full- and part-time at the university level for two decades. He currently teaches in the American Studies program at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where his courses include “Poker in American Film and Culture” and “Tricky Dick: Richard Nixon, Poker, and Politics.”