For 17 years Dan Malka has helped mold Florida poker, starting with training the personnel of the Seminoles’ poker room in Tampa, and then spending the past 12 years as fleetwide director of poker operations for the SunCruz ships, first in Hollywood then in Port Canaveral. Malka, a frequent contributor to Ante Up, has a new job aboard another gambling ship in South Carolina.
Robert Weisberg, an ex-owner of the SunCruz ship that sailed from the Little River port, formed Aquasino and has returned to the area with another vessel. He hired Malka, who says this is the nicest poker room he’s ever seen on a ship, which launches Friday (May 14). It has eight tables (with room for 12), a lounge and a sportsbook.
Malka was the force behind the World Offshore Poker Championship, Florida’s first televised poker event, so expect more great things from him in South Carolina.