Two Players leave Ultimate Poker’s “Team U”

by Jeremy Olson

Having opened at the end of April, Ultimate Poker hasn’t even been running for half a year. But already, the first legal US online poker site has seen a couple of their sponsored players leave “Team U.”

This past week, Randy Dorfman and Tom Marchese left Ultimate Poker after having represented Team U since June. Dorfman, in particular, didn’t seem happy about his sponsorship with UP. He discussed his complaint with the following Facebook post:

I have resigned from Ultimate Poker as their Team Pro. At this point in my life there are more important and creative things for me to be involved with. To have your ideas and experiences from the game I love fall on deaf ears while you bust your ass to build a game for a new Company just was extremely frustrating to me. I wish UP the best and I hope things do turn around for them. I met some great people there and hopefully the chemistry between all involved gets straighten out soon.

As for Dorfman’s poker career, he’s earned over $1.43 million in poker tournaments. Marchese has an even more impressive career since he’s made over $4.64 million in tourneys. While Marchese has been relatively silent about the matter, Dorfman spoke for him by tweeting:

Sad 2 c another friend & fellow pro quit @UltimatePoker Tom Marchese @BigCheese_poker left 4 many same reasons I di #deafears #stillcrashing

Both Marchese and Dorfman have been removed from Ultimate Poker’s Team U page. And to the best of my knowledge, this leaves Gavin Griffin, Dan O’ Brien, Lauren Kling and Phil Collins on Team U. However, it’s worth mentioning that Griffin is no longer featured on the Team U page either.