Jesse May - known as 'The Voice of Poker' – is an American poker commentator and player.
Jesse was raised in Madison, New Jersey, where he first became hooked on playing poker with friends. In 1988 he started at the University of Chicago but found that classes were clashing with his poker games and so dropped out. For six years Jesse travelled the world playing poker, but ultimately found fame presenting the Late Night Poker television series. He also appeared in a season one episode under the pseudonym Mickey Dane. This pseudonym is in fact the main character in his poker novel, Shut Up and Deal.
May has continued to be involved in poker commentary on other shows, including the William Hill Poker Grand Prix, PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup, The Irish Poker Open, Poker Nations Cup, Poker Million, Victor Chandler Poker Cup, Celebrity Poker Club, and The Poker Show. Bizarrely, he also co-presented the PartyGammon Million, a pro backgammon tournament on early-morning five TV.
He often commentates alongside co-presenter Padraig Parkinson, who has said that it surprises him that May plays so little poker when he is such a good player. In 2006, May signed an exclusive contract for presenting televised poker with Matchroom Sport. May is married and currently lives in Denmark.
Journalist, author and broadcaster Matt Broughton first came into prominence after joining the award-winning Poker Night Live show as part of the expert presenting team in 2005. He then went on to write various features, interviews and columns for pretty much every poker magazine in the UK, eventually taking over as Editor of Flush Magazine in 2006. Matt’s first book, “How to play and win at poker” was published in 2007, after which he moved into events management, forming his own poker entertainment company - Poker Evenings - as well as a poker table business. Matt then expanded his television experience, joining Sky Poker upon its launch co-hosting the nightly magazine show, The Club, as well as appearing as an expert analyst on flagship show, The Open. He is also now part of the commentary team for Matchroom Sport, working alongside ‘The Voice of Poker’ Jesse May on such productions as ‘European Open’, ‘Poker Den’, and ‘World Open’. He enjoyed an elevated profile within the poker community after releasing a number of musical parodies on YouTube, poking fun at some of the poker world’s best-loved characters. The Devilfish one was (reportedly) “really funny”. Sadly, Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott didn’t find it quite so hilarious and Matt was found dead in March 2009 with the word DEVILFISH carved into his forehead. Matt also lies a lot in biographies, and can be found broadcasting with Jesse May on The Poker Show.