PartyPoker Signs with 76ers and Devils, Ivey Rumored Broke
Poker is finally back in full swing after the holidays with major news breaking from coast to coast.
On the East Coast PartyPoker became the first online poker site to sign a sponsorship deal with a major US sports team and Fabian Quoss took down the PCA Super High Roller Event in the Bahamas.
Over in Vegas, rumor has it Phil Ivey is broke although Daniel Negreanu says otherwise.
Party Poker Signs Multi-Year Deal with Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils
Sports marketing in the United States took a huge leap forward on Wednesday with the announcement of a deal between Party Poker and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.
The multi-year deal makes Party Poker the official betting partner of both the Devils and 76ers. Party Poker will create digital and social media content for the two teams and will also receive prime placement in ads at the Prudential Center and on New Jersey television.
The success of online gambling in New Jersey helped to lead to this partnership. Over 150,000 players have signed up for accounts with various casinos in Atlantic City since the end of November. Igaming revenue in New Jersey is expected to exceed $435 million in 2014.
Fabian Quoss Wins Super High Roller, Dan Shak Finishes Second
German Fabian Quoss took down the first event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on Wednesday when he won the $100,000 Super High Roller Event.
Heading into the final table on Wednesday Dan Shak was the big story. The Team Ivey pro made his third straight final table in this event and started the event as chip leader.
Vanessa Selbst was in control for a good portion of the final table but Quoss went on a heater during three-handed play that resulted in his eliminating Selbst in third place. He had nearly a 2:1 chip lead over Shak at the beginning of heads-up play and won nearly every pot during the heads-up battle.
Quoss took down the first event of the 2014 PCA and over $1.6 million in prize money. This was the largest score of his live tournament career.
Phil Ivey Rumored Broke - Negreanu Says "Not So Fast"
CardPlayer published an article on Wednesday interviewing high stakes poker player and "playboy" Dan Bilzerian. The article goes into his poker playing background and his wins in high-stakes games.
The article has taken flack for a myriad of reasons. One being statements made by Bilzerian to the effect of him "not looking to make any new poor friends" and that Phil Ivey is now broke.
Bilzerian did not go into detail but when asked about his thoughts on the poker community, he points out both Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan as players who have talent but ended up "pissing it all away."
Following the release of the article, Bluff Magazine spoke with Daniel Negreanu during the PCA Main Event. Part of the conversation revolved around Ivey and whether he was broke. Daniel knows what's going on in the poker world and he assures us that Ivey is not broke.