Taking a cue from IveyPoker.com, Ultimate Poker signed a slew of professional poker players to sponsorship deals that will give the site a tremendous amount of name recognition.
With WSOP.com expected to offer real-money wagering this summer following its play-money launch last week, Ultimate Poker knows its competition will soon arrive. In an effort to hold onto its advantage of being the first legal online poker site in Nevada, Ultimate Poker now has 10 ambassadors who will wear the team logo during the WSOP currently taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Recent tweets have announced the additions of Gavin Griffin, Randy Dorfman, Dan O’Brien and Phil Collins to the Ultimate Poker roster. That follows the signings of Jason Somerville, Jonathon Little, Lauren Kling and Will Reynolds. Earlier this year before launching, 2012 Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari was named the site’s first brand ambassador. MMA fighter and poker pro Terrence Chan was signed shortly thereafter.
Not since Phil Ivey announced several months ago that his coaching website of IveyPoker.com would “teach the world to play better poker” have so many pros signed on to sponsorship deals. Players are still waiting for the official launch of Ivey’s training site, but Nevada residents and tourists are not waiting for regulated online poker anymore. That historical feat was accomplished on April 30.
WSOP.com is poised to challenge Ultimate Poker for market share in the Silver State upon launching in coming weeks. The poker site of the popular WSOP brand may overtake Ultimate Poker in light of the problems encountered by many players who experienced log on difficulties at Ultimate Poker related to their particular choice of cell phone carrier.