Rafael Nadal said to be representing PokerStars

by Jeremy

A new report from PokerGenio has tennis superstar Rafael Nadal representing PokerStars. Apparently, Nadal recorded a commercial for Stars on April 30th, and we’re just now hearing about the news because there wasn’t enough sources to confirm anything. PokerGenio wrote the following about this matter:

But last night, a second source (employee joins a communication group of Barcelona) contacted us to see if it was official agreement. By giving us specific details about the agreement that would join Rafa Nadal with PokerStars for two years and an amount yet to be confirmed (a Spanish media claims that are 12 million euros, and we hope to confirm in principle that amount has not transpired) we we decided to give the information as news.

Assuming the €12 million figure is true, this would be one of the biggest sponsorship deals in online poker history. Of course, having the “King of Clay” as a PokerStars representative is most likely going to be worth every euro of the deal.

Nadal has been ranked the number 1 tennis player in the world before, and he’s currently ranked no. 2 in the world. Additionally, he’s won a record six French Open titles, attained 10 grand slam victories, earned $48.4 million in prize money, and has widely been called the best clay court tennis player of all-time.

Signing Nadal to a two-year deal will be an immense help to PokerStars as they enter the legalized and regulated Spanish online poker market. Currently, Stars is busy dealing with a back taxes issue where they owe the country €257 million. While this is a big chunk of money for the world’s largest online poker site to pay, they should be able to front the bill considering how they pull in $500 million in annual profits.