As CEO of World Poker Tour (WPT), Mr. Heller oversees strategy and day-to-day operations of WPT.
Mr. Heller has lived in five countries during his almost seven years with PartyGaming, overseeing a variety of functions of the company during his tenure, including the flagship PartyPoker brand in 2006 & 2007.
He also oversaw operations in India as the CEO of Ivy Comptech and Asia as the CEO of PartyGaming Asia.
Prior to joining PartyGaming Mr. Heller resided in San Francisco/Silicon Valley for eight of the preceding ten years, holding various positions in professional services and technology start-ups, including Coopers & Lybrand—a “Big Eight” accounting firm, Evolve Software—an enterprise applications developer, and StarMedia Network—a multi-brand Internet portal.
Mr. Heller attended American University in Washington DC.
Mr. Pliska served as the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of the public and predecessor entity, WPT Enterprises, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: WPTE) until November 2009, when a new company by the same name was established from the acquisition of the assets of the World Poker Tour by Peerless Media, Plc a subsidiary of PartyGaming, Plc. In his former role, Mr. Pliska oversaw the legal process that resulted in the former company’s initial public offering in August of 2004 and primary deal making throughout the United States, Europe and Asia throughout his tenure.
Prior to his experience at WPTE, Mr. Pliska served as the Vice-President of Legal and Business Affairs and eventually General Counsel for a multi-media company headed by the world renowned futurist, Alvin Toffler and financed by Carlos Slim Helu and the Telmex Corporation. In addition, Mr. Pliska was an associate at the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Los Angeles where he worked on various litigation and intellectual property matters.
Before his legal career, Mr. Pliska worked as a television producer in connection with noted industry veteran Al Burton including work at Universal Television and Castle Rock Entertainment where he produced and developed numerous television properties. He contributed and worked on various programs including The New Lassie, Baywatch, Out of the Blue, and shares an Emmy Award for his contributions for the Development of the television program Win Ben Stein’s Money.
Mr. Pliska is an alumnus of USC Film School and UC Berkeley's law school, Boalt Hall. While at Boalt he worked as a research assistant to Professor John Yoo preparing amicus curia briefs for the California and U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, he externed at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Alex Kozinski and at the Governor's Office of Legal Affairs in the state of California for then Governor Pete Wilson. Mr. Pliska also serves in the capacity of Chief Legal Counsel to the Company. Mr. Pliska was born and currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.