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WSOP finally makes Greg Merson Sponsorship Official

by Jeremy Olson on September 21, 2014

For much of the summer, there was speculation that Greg Merson had signed a deal with WSOP.com. This speculation was fueled by the fact that Merson was tweeting about playing on the site and instagramming screenshots of WSOP’s virtual felt.

But for some reason, both parties held off on making an official announcement that the New Jersey-based poker pro was sponsored by the poker site. Bill Rini, the Head of Online Poker at WSOP.com, discussed the deal with the following:

Greg is a terrific ambassador for the game of poker. He loves the game, is passionate and opinionated about its future, and he will help us spread the word about our offerings and ensure the poker playing community has a respected, experienced voice to help shape WSOP.com moving forward.

Merson, who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, will be playing at WSOP.com NJ and serving as an ambassador for the company. The 2012 Main Event champion has almost $11 million in live tournament winnings and should bring a lot more attention to his new sponsor.

As for WSOP.com, signing Merson is a complete reversal from their previous policy of not giving out sponsorship deals. Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP, claimed that signing players might seem biased and against the organization’s land-based tournaments. Here’s a look at what he stated:

On the land based side of the WSOP, we’ve always shied away from signing personal endorsements with individual players. As an organizer who has a key role in.. the outcome of the game we see ourselves in the league function, aimed to be impartial and to have maximum trust and integrity.

Perhaps with a Main Event champion as skilled as Merson, WSOP.com finally decided that having representation like this was too good to pass up.


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