|Other names||The Voice of Poker|
Jesse May was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and raised in Madison, New Jersey, where he first became hooked on poker playing with friends. In 1988, he started attending The University of Chicago, but he found that classes were clashing with his poker games, and so dropped out. For six years, Jesse travelled the world playing poker.
May found fame presenting the Late Night Poker television series. He also appeared in a season 1 episode under the pseudonym Mickey Dane. This pseudonym is in fact the main character in his poker novel, Shut Up and Deal (ISBN 1-901982-56-4).
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. He also co-presented the PartyGammon Million, a pro backgammon tournament, on early-morning five TV.
In 2006, May signed an exclusive contract for presenting televised poker with Matchroom Sport. In January 2012, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Poker Awards for his contribution to promoting the game as an author, commentator and personality.
May is married and currently lives in Denmark.
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- Press Release. "Jesse May Signs Exclusively with Matchroom Sport". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved August 31, 2006.