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The poker industry lost a valued member this week after Joe Sartori passed away unexpectedly at the age of 55. Sartori previously worked at both Palace Station and The Palms in Las Vegas before spending the last two years working full-time on the television show Poker Night in America (PNIA).
On Wednesday, October 29th, Joe Sartori, 55, passed away following a brief battle with inoperable stomach cancer. The long time poker industry stalwart and much respected member of the TV show ‘Poker Night In America’ (PNIA) will now be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues alike
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“Today was a very sad and difficult day as we learned of the passing of our friend and colleague Joe Sartori following a very sudden and unexpected illness,” PNIA said in a statement. “Joe was the guy that would give you the shirt off his back. He was the guy that everyone liked and respected. Joe has been on the Poker Night in America team since near the beginning and was willing to do whatever it took to help out.”
Sartori fell ill a little over a month ago in which he lost his appetite and was unable to keep down food. Eventually, he was diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer and passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 29 surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 9, 1959 in Minnesota, Sartori headed out west at a young age and eventually found his way to Las Vegas. He found work dealing poker at Palace Station and eventually worked his way up to poker room manager. He would later serve in the same capacity at the Palms when they first opened their poker room.
Years later, Todd Anderson, who founded the Heartland Poker Tour, hired Sartori for his new project — Poker Night in America by Rush Street Gaming.
Throughout the industry, many of Joe Sartori’s friends and colleagues have their own stories to tell of a good man known for his hard work ethos, and always having a smile for all. Joe Sartori Rest In Peace (1959-2014).