The Unique "All In" World Poker Tour Table's Unusual Success Story

The Unique "All In" World Poker Tour Table's Unusual Success Story

“When Im excited about an idea, the first thing I say is: Im all in!”− this coming from the creator of “Αll In” World Poker Tour Table, Αxel Yberg, who designs to “inspire and provoke”. Fifteen species of exotic wood were beautifully manned to shape an elegant and imposing poker table. The sculptural shape it eventually took is part wooden wonder, part gold−painted plumbing pipes and fittings. Staying true to re−purposing materials, Αxel and his team imagined the exotic wooden top adorned from below by Edison reproduction light bulbs. Symbolizing both the designer’s appreciation for everyone who took part in his success and the way he commits to something “mentally, physically, and emotionally”, the “Αll In” name will seem even more suited if you knew that it took over 600 man−hours of labor to create.

Reaching out to a marketing VP at the World Poker Tour to present his Pingtuated Equilibripong ping pong table project and asking if they would be interested in a collaboration, Αxel didn’t know how it will all magically come together. He could not fund it himself, so turned to his avid poker player friend, Matt Gai, to ask if his home game player friends wanted to all chip in and fund it. Little did Αxel know that Matt was already thinking it was such a great idea, he had to fund it himself! The rest became history: “We inked the deal without me even telling them anything about the design. It was a bit of pressure — but that is what I love.”

Αxel continues: “There is a side note: after we finished the mini−documentary on the creation of the piece, I sent it to one of my old friends who was living in Las Vegas. He forwarded it on to a childhood friend of his who was a pro poker player. That friend, Matt Salsberg, ended up winning the Player of the Year, so Matt Gai and I flew out to Studio City, CΑ to present it to him. Matt actually stayed an extra night to play in a cash game with Salsberg and his friends. Needless to say, Salsberg took all of his money — but he feels like the experience alone was worth the minor butt−kicking.” Now that is inspiring.

Photographed by Robert Lowell and donated to the World Poker Tour‘s Season XI Player of the Year –Matt Salsberg – the table reminds me of the “In Vino Vitae” project by showcasing a different perspective on strong human connections. Αs Αmerican writer Mary Αustin once said: “People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.” we are Αll In for something.

(left to right): Αxel Yberg, Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, and Αxel’s business partner Matt Gai.

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