In a move aimed at expanding its presence in the burgeoning Asian marketplace, and possibly to be known as the poker site with the sexiest pro players, the Bodog Poker Network has signed up-and-coming poker star and Asian beauty Jay Tan to join its stable of female professionals representing Bodog online and at live events.
Tan was born in Los Angeles to a Taiwanese mother and Chinese father. Currently residing in Hong Kong, she also spent part of her childhood in Australia. Tan will join female pros Tajtana Pasalic, Amanda Leatherman and Evelyn Ng on the Bodog pro team.
With a Masters degree in Business, Tan worked at a bank before catching the poker bug after watching it on television and admiring the playing style of Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu. Determined to learn the game and excel at it, Tan did just that, eventually achieving enough success to quit her job in the banking sector and devote her time to being a full-time poker player.
About her new sponsorship deal with Bodog, Tan elatedly said, “It’s great that they chose me. It’s an exciting brand and I’m excited to have this opportunity. I think I’m great for Bodog because they are a fun brand and I love having fun playing poker and living the lifestyle that goes with being a Bodog Poker Pro.”
The signing of Tan was done to coincide with the launching of Bodog’s new Chinese poker client, known as Bodog88. Introduction of the Asian portal is part of Bodog’s plan to tap heavily into the Asian marketplace.
“We have only just launched poker on the site and believe that while still a niche product in the region, the Bodog Poker Network version we have will be more popular than conventional European poker rooms,” said Bodog Poker’s vice-president, Jonas Odman. “With Jay as the face of the brand, we can take things a step further, as she is a trusted and likable ambassador for us–she can also play a mean game of poker!”
Tan’s resume includes both a fifth and second place finish in separate no-limit Macau Poker Cup events–the Red Dragon and KO Bounty tournaments, respectively. She also finished in-the-money in a WSOP event in 2011.
“When I play tournaments in Macau, a lot of people are wearing similar patches,” Tan said. “I’m so honoured to be part of growing the sport in Asia, the poker community keeps growing. The fields are getting larger in every tournament I enter with people from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Australia.”