Two WSOP Main Event November Niners Sign Sponsorship DealsThursday, September 5th, 2013 by Ryan
If you’ve ever been to the World Series of Poker as a player or seen the World Series of Poker on TV, you’ve probably noticed a bunch of the players wearing those patches on their hats, shirts, and jackets. These patches are basically sponsorship deals that the players have signed with different online poker sites, and it’s their own way of getting some marketing during the World Series of Poker. Most of the sites you’ve probably heard of, like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, or one of the many other top online poker sites, but there are also many sites who are working on building up traffic through these sponsorships. This could lead to some smaller sites doing marketing by signing up sponsorships as well. Also, most of the time a player with a sponsorship has some type of strong poker background.
Regardless though, this year at the World Series of Poker was no different, and if you have been watching the televised action on ESPN, you’ve likely noticed all of the different patches. With the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event’s final table nearing kickoff again, the players who have made it to the November Nine are likely going to have some patches of their own to show off when they get back to the action. When the Poker Boom happened a few years back, some people were actually curious as to what players would wear what patches, as it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that it was going to be happening. Since the WSOP switched to the November Nine style of final table, we’ve seen news come up before the action kicks off about new sponsorship deals being signed, and that’s exactly what we have here. Two November Niners have officially inked sponsorship deals, and we’ll take a look at who they are and who they are with below.
JC Tran is one of the more recognizable names at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, mainly because of the fact that he’s a very accomplished and successful poker player. He’s brought in many solid scores and wins, and on top of that he’s also the chip leader going into the final table by nearly 8 million chips. Tran wasn’t signed on in a sponsorship deal, which is why it’s no surprise that he was one of the players to get a new sponsorship. Obviously an accomplished player playing at the final table of the most popular tournament in the world is going to get some offers, and in the end he chose to go with 888 Poker. This means that 888 will be able to have their logo attached to Tran’s hip during the play in November. Tran was quoted as saying that he’s “extremely excited to work with 888poker”, and that he’s also “looking forward to a great experience.”
One signing that might not get the same type of hype or attention in the United States is Sylvain Loosli inking up with Winamax. If you’ve never heard of Winamax, they are the largest online poker site in France, and they are even larger than PokerStars.fr is there. Loosli is the only French player left in the action, and he also constantly plays at the online poker tables at Winamax, which probably made this decision an easy one for him. He mainly plays cash game poker at the online poker site, but is an accomplished tournament player as well. Loosli is going to be starting the final table out with just under 20 million chips, and he’s currently sitting in 6th place. He made a statement that joining up with the Team gives him the “best possible chance of becoming world champion”, and that he will be “fully prepared” with the help from the rest of the team. A few other notable Winamax pros include Gaelle Bauman, who finished 10th in last years WSOP Main Event, Ludovic Lacay, and David Kitai, who is a Triple Crown winner.
The final table action kicks off in early November, and both of these players are going to be ones to watch when things get rolling!