Kane Kalas
San Juan - Puerto Rico

Kane Kalas was born and raised in Media, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the Philadelphia Phillies play-by-play commentator and Baseball Hall of Fame member Harry Kalas and brother of Todd Kalas the play-by-play commentator for the Houston Astros. Kalas attended University of Miami

Kane Kalas, High Hopes

Kalas is known for performing "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America", and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Citizens Bank Park. It is a Philadelphia Phillies tradition for Kalas to perform the national anthem at each year’s home opener and when the Phillies are in the playoffs.

In 2008, Kalas performed "America, the Dream Goes On" at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. In 2009, Kalas sang "America the Beautiful" at the Media Memorial Day parade. In 2022 he performed at the Media Eagles Pep Rally celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles Superbowl appearance that year. He has performed in the professional operas Fidelio and Agostino and the Puchinni Clarinet.  In 2023, Kalas released an album titled High Hopes, dedicated to his father, Harry Kalas, and the city of Philadelphia. The cover album includes original compositions of 18 classic American Standards.


Poker career

Kalas playing poker
Kalas playing poker

Kalas starting playing online poker professionally under the handle "NASCAR_1949" during his freshman year of college in 2008. Between then and Poker Black Friday, Kalas competed in the largest cash games that have ever run online. He was a regular in Full Tilt Poker's Rail Heaven $500/$1000 No-limit Hold 'em games. During this time, Kalas made poker training videos for Pokernews Strategy, which later changed its name to Poker Phenoms.

Kalas' debut in televised poker occurred on the Fox Sports Network in September 2014, when he placed second in the WPT Borgata Poker Open for a total prize of over $500,000.

Kalas was featured in ESPN's coverage of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Kalas is the winner of the biggest pot in televised poker history. In May 2018, he won a $2,178,770 pot in the Triton Cash Game from the Triton Super High Roller series held in Montenegro.

In 2019, Upswing Poker released a Six-plus hold'em training course featuring Kalas as the instructor.



Kalas is a regular broadcaster of the World Series of Poker for PokerGo, PokerCentral, and CBS All Access.

He has called play-by-play for a number of World Poker Tour events including PartyPoker's WPT Montreal, WPT Thunder Valley, WPT Deepstacks Parx, and WPT Borgata.

He called play-by-play for the first broadcast of the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro in May, 2018.

When the Patrick Antonius Poker Challenge tournament and cash game series debuted in 2019, in Tallinn, Estonia, Kalas commentated the event. Kalas also commentated the “High Stakes Feud” grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk in 2020.

Kalas has also broadcast events for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Live at the Bike, and the Borgata Poker Open.

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High Hopes

Label: Centerpoint

Genres: Jazz

Styles: Big Band

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Take Me out to the Ballgame Big Band Jazz
2 All of Me Big Band Jazz
3 I've Never Been in Love Before Big Band Jazz
4 On the Way to Cape May Big Band Jazz
5 Luck Be a Lady Big Band Jazz
6 French Foreign Legion Big Band Jazz
7 This is the Moment Big Band Jazz
8 Guys and Dolls Big Band Jazz
9 On the Street Where You Live Big Band Jazz
10 High Hopes Big Band Jazz
11 You Make Me Feel So Young Big Band Jazz
12 If Ever I Would Leave You Big Band Jazz
13 The Way You Look Tonight Big Band Jazz
14 Fugue for Tinhorns Big Band Jazz
15 Eagles' Victory Song Big Band Jazz
16 Edelweiss Big Band Jazz
17 Bridge over Troubled Water Big Band Jazz
18 Goodnight My Someone Big Band Jazz