The expression “right place, right time” can be used to describe many fortuitous happenings, but for one Tony Burns, it could very well be his life motto.
As an 11-year-old growing up in Titusville, Florida, he was picked out of the stands during a rain delay to sub in for an absent bat boy for the Chicago Cubs BandarQQ’ AA team in Orlando. That led to 11 years of working in baseball, from bat boy to stadium DJ and on up to clubhouse manager. During high school and college, Burns worked for a number of organizations including the Marlins, Expos and in his final year in 2005, the Washington Nationals.
During college, Burns discovered another passion that seemed meant to be. While many poker aficionados are products of the “Moneymaker effect,” Burns had a connection to that moment that transcends watching it on TV. He happened to be at Binions in 2003 on a trip with his dad to celebrate his 21st birthday — in the building when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event. Though he couldn’t quite get through the crowd of people surrounding the table to get a good look, his curiosity was piqued.