Merson Signs with WSOP.com
Greg Merson has a new sponsorship deal after becoming the first pro to sign a deal with WSOP.com.
Also, ESPN's coverage of the 2014 WSOP kicks off this week and Nevada online poker posted its best month ever in June.
Greg Merson Signs with WSOP.com
Greg Merson didn't take long to find a new sponsor. The 2012 WSOP Main Event winner announced last week that he's signed with WSOP.com and is the site's first sponsored pro.
He confirmed this via his account over at the TwoPlusTwo forum stating, "My name change was due to signing with WSOP.com and apologize if that wasn't more clear by my tweets and instagram. Since the name change I have not played on my other screen as it has been terminated afaik."
Merson became a free agent last month when he announced his departure from Ivey Poker. He'd been part of the site for over a year and was prominently featured in both the app and on Ivey League.
Terms of the deal were not made public but we expect to see Merson heavily integrated into the site and the software in the near future.
ESPN's Coverage of 2014 WSOP Kicks off on Tuesday
The first episodes of the 2014 World Series of Poker will kick off on Tuesday July 29 at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN. This year's coverage consists of just two events, the $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP and the WSOP Main Event.
For the next three weeks fans will get to watch Daniel Negreanu became poker's all-time money leader and Daniel Colman take down the ONE DROP title.
After a six-week break, coverage will resume with seven weeks of Main Event coverage culminating with the November Nine final table on November 10 and 11.
The November Nine will kick off at 9 p.m. EST on November 10 and play will continue until the final three players are reached. Those players will return at 9 p.m. on November 11 to play to the bracelet and the $10 million first-place prize.
Nevada Online Poker Posts Best Month Ever in June
Not surprisingly, Nevada online poker posted its best month ever last month after pulling in $1.037 million in revenue. This was nearly a 17% jump from May figures.
The result was expected following the integration of WSOP.com into the 2014 World Series of Poker. Players took advantage of the 24-7 satellites and promotional events on the site to give the state a much-needed boost.
Nevada as a whole saw a solid spike in revenues last month. Overall casino win for the state was up 14.36 percent year-over-year last month.
The state reported a total win of $906.9 million for June 2014 compared to $793.05 million for the same period last year.