A Week of Big Poker Sponsorship Deals

Audley Harrison signs with Full Tilt PokerIt seems to be a common occurance nowadays that online poker sites are announcing the signings of new stars for their poker teams, but this past week has been quite exceptional on the poker sponsorship front with several big name signings for Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, and even PKR.com got in on the action this week.

Full Tilt Poker Signings

Full Tilt Poker have announced the signings of two major sports stars – Heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison and Professional tennis player James Blake.

Audley Harrison has been playing poker for several years and has made the final table of the 2008 Venetian Deep Stack event where he finished 3rd for $90,298 however he was disappointed he didn’t take it down. He was also disappointed with his current best online poker result to date – 13th in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guarantee feeling he could have went on to win the event because he was chip leader for the duration of the tournament but dwindled it all away. Now that he has signed as a Red Pro he has set a goal of winning either the $750k Guarantee or the $1 Million Guarantee within the next 12 months.

James Blake is also a big name in the sports world, he has been a professional tennis player since 1999 and has won 15 career titles playing against the best players in the world such as Roger Federrer. Blake is also no stranger to poker, he finished second in Season 2 of Bravo’s television show ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’.

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PokerStars Signings

PokerStars have also added two players to their Team PokerStars Pro roster, however they aren’t as popular as the other signings which have been announced this week. The first of their two signings was Maxim Lykov who is a Russian poker. Lykov is currently ranked 9th on the all-time Russian money list with $944,804 in live tournament winnings and has also won a lot playing online, all from two deposits of $40! The second player to be announced as a Team PokerStars Pro was Toni Judet. Judet is an international billiard champion who began playing poker five years ago and is currently second on the Romanian all-time money list with $761,277 in live tournament earnings.

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PKR.com Sign Scott Shelley

PKR.com have just announced that they have signed one of their employees – Scott Shelley who defeated J.P Kelly heads-up in Event 3 of the 2010 WSOPE to win his first bracelet for a payday of £133,857. Shelley was actually a customer support agent for PKR before his big win which shot him into the poker spotlight, and now they have signed him adding to their strong team of European poker professionals.

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