Former MTV network executive and creator of niche-driven multi-million dollar entertainment brands, Houston Curtis has been called "a Visionary" and "trail-blazer" by his peers. Houston brings with him over 20 years of success and experience as a producer, showrunner, direct marketing expert, independent Label president, advisor, and speaker. Curtis's previous posts as a Founder and CEO have included start-ups Backyard Wrestling Inc., Xtreme Entertainment Group Big Vision Entertainment, and Legend Group Studios collectively grossing over 100 million dollars in revenues since their 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2015 inception. Additionally, Houston has created and executive produced shows for MTV, CBS, A&E, GSN, G4, DirecTV, Warner Brothers, Sony Studios, and Twentieth Television among others. Houston also writes his own bi-monthly column for CardPlayer Magazine, True Tales From A Hollywood Poker Hustler.
Barred for life from Las Vegas Golden Nugget for “excessive winning” at blackjack, Houston is one of the world’s most successful card mechanics and sleight-of-hand artists of the modern era. Curtis, who rarely plays in tournaments, won a 2004 Legends of Poker no-limit hold 'em championship event besting the 1998 World Series of Poker champion, Scotty Nguyen heads-up at the final table before going on to co-found the elite Hollywood poker ring that inspired Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated film Molly’s Game.
Curtis now resides in Columbia, Missouri while maintaining offices in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In addition to running a production company and independent record label, Curtis also consults as a poker protection expert to clients across the globe seeking insight into master-level card cheating tactics via advanced sleight-of-hand technique. He is now available for in-person and online speaking engagements, private sleight-of-hand instruction, and a variety of media creation/production services.
"AN UNBELIEVABLE GUEST!"
- Adam Corolla
The Adam Corolla Show
"We've gotta have Houston back on the show soon. What an unbelievable guest!"
"THE REAL MOLLY'S GAME!"
- Michal Kaplan
New York Post
"FANTASTIC, DANG WHAT A LIFE..."
- Vince Van Patton
Host, World Poker Tour
"Read Billion Dollar Hollywood Heist! I love it, it’s fantastic! Ten times better than Molly's Game...I'm floored. Dang, what a life Houston lived through. Great stuff and a great read!”
–Pauly Howard, host of VSiN Follow the Money
"Incredible! I Couldn’t put it down. Billion Dollar Hollywood Heist is a fantastic read that puts you in the game and right in the action thru this rollercoaster of big wins and losses with millions on the table. Curtis takes you into the biggest poker game in the history of Hollywood!”
"HOUSTON CURTIS IS A MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGY!"
John B. Mills, Caravan to Midnight
“Billion Dollar Hollywood Heist is an incredible true story that will amaze you and touch you deeply. Houston Curtis bares his soul while sharing the highs and lows of running the biggest poker game Hollywood has ever seen.
"NO ONE TELLS A STORY LIKE HOUSTON CURTIS"
- Julio Rodriguez
Chief Editor, CardPlayer Magazine
"There's a reason why True Tales From a Hollywood Poker hustler has quickly become the most read column in Card Player Magazine. No one tells a story like Houston Curtis!" His column often makes the cover!
2020 GOLDEN MIC NOMINEE
FOLLOW THE MONEY
with Pauly & Mitch
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VSDA Video Label Presentation
Keynote Speaker Award
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