The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Signs Comedian, Bwin Sponsors Manchester United, and More
Viktor Blom is out, but PokerStars has already inked a new player to don the red spade. Who is it? We'll bring you that story and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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PokerStars has signed comedian Gerry Dee to represent the online poker room's free-play site, PokerStars.net. Dee, the star of the weekly sitcom Mr. D on CBC, will appear in TV commercials and at live poker tournaments for PokerStars.net. PokerStars has also signed on as the title sponsor of the Gerry Dee Comedy Tour.
"I'm better at math and statistics than the teacher you see on TV, so I'm not a bad poker player," said Dee, who recently invited Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu to appear on an episode of Mr. D. "I'm no pro but I've always been a bit of a poker buff. I really admire the skill it takes to compete at the top level. I'm excited about this partnership and am looking forward to improving my game!"
A PokerStars commercial featuring Dee will air throughout the fall to promote a series of free online poker tournaments where Canadians can win a trip to the Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). Dee will attend the PCA and film his experience there for a TV special.
Wednesday's announcement came one day after PokerStars and high-stakes legend Viktor "Isildur" Blom mutually agreed to part ways.
Read more at the Digital Journal.
Bwin.Party Partners with Manchester United
Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, the world's largest online gambling firm, has entered into a three-year deal to sponsor English Premier League soccer club Manchester United.
The agreement will see the integration of bwin into Manchester United’s website; access to players for marketing campaigns; and bwin-run betting kiosks located at the soccer club's Old Trafford stadium.
"Manchester United is one of the biggest names in world sport with a global fan base running into hundreds of millions. We share a passion for football that has always been at the heart of our long term brand development strategy," said bwin.party co-CEO Norbert Teufelberger in a statement. "Man Utd has 569 million followers outside of Europe, providing us with a great opportunity to offer jointly designed and innovative products in countries that do not yet allow real money online sports betting."
Bwin also sponsors Spanish soccer club Real Madrid. The company was the title sponsor of the Portuguese League Cup competition until last January when a Portuguese court ordered Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment to remove ads and sponsorship from sports competitions in the country after finding the online gambling company's activities to be illegal.
Read the press release at bwinparty.com.
Heartland Poker Tour Goes Mile High
The Heartland Poker Tour is gearing up for a return to Black Hawk, Colorado, for the Mile High Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour. Annually the largest stop on the HPT's nationwide tour, the Mile High Poker Open will run from Sept. 3 through 16 and is expected to generate a total prize pool in excess of $1 million.
“At every stop throughout the year, players say ‘See you in Colorado,’” said Fred Bevill, HPT’s executive producer. “This event has become a reunion of sorts for HPT players nationwide.”
Former world champ Greg Raymer will be one of thousands expected to compete at Golden Gates next month. Fresh off his win at the HPT Route 66 Championship in New Mexico, Raymer will be looking for back-to-back titles on the tour.
Last year's Mile High Poker Open was won by Mark Dunbar, who collected $182,100 after besting a field of 401 players. Other former winners are Matthew Mason (2010), William Givens (2009), Andreas Ramadanis (2008), and Michael Haggard (2007).
For the full schedule of events, visit the Heartland Poker Tour website.
Tony G is a Baller
By now, we all know that Tony G spent the summer managing the Lithuanian basketball team at the London Olympic Games. What we didn't know was that Tony has some game, too.
On Thursday in Estonia, Tony squared off against former NBA player Martin Müürsepp on the basketball court and on the poker felt as part of the grand opening of the TonyBet betting shop. In what turned out to be an upset on both sides, Tony won the three-point shooting challenge against Müürsepp, but Müürsepp then got the best of him in the heads-up poker match.
Unfortunately for those in attendance, the draw meant neither had to run through Tallinn's Independence Square in their underpants.
After the heads-up challenge, Tony and Müürsepp sat down with Estonia's top four poker-tournament winners of all time — Imre Leibold, Marek Kolk, Raigo Aasmaa, and Henri Kasper — for a six-handed sit-and-go tournament. The winner would receive €1,000, and a €500 bounty was placed on Tony's head. With hundreds of viewers watching via the livestream at EE.PokerNews.com, Tony G wound up winning the sit-and-go, even after letting a local girl and her dog sit in his seat and play his stack for about 30 minutes. It was quite the spectacle.
For videos and pictures of the day's events, check out the TonyBet.eesti Facebook page.
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