WSOP Seeks Non-Online Poker Sponsors

by Punter's Hero on June 12, 2011

in Latest News, poker

The World Series of Poker has seemingly been synonymous with big brand online poker sites advertising, but that’s just not the case this year, and yet, the WSOP still goes on. The Nevada Gaming Control Board is happy that WSOP officials have kept the advertisement of most online poker sites out of the tournament series this year. The Board made it perfectly clear that they did not way any commercial tie ins between the WSOP and online poker sites, specifically those that had been targeted by the US Department of Justice over the past few months.

The Board warned WSOP authorities about any activity that would negatively reflect on the US gaming industry, including free advertising on TV and other online poker site promos. Therefore, the WSOP is on the search for new interested sponsors. Current WSOP partners are longtime sponsor Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, and new sponsorships Dearfoam Slippers and GoDaddy.com. The GoDaddy logo will appear on all televised WSOP tables this year.

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons says their Internet loving fans are happy about the partnership, though there were some issues pertaining to specific Gaming Control Board rules and regulations that were not specified as required. However, all this has been worked on, and while the WSOP cannot control what players where when they come to the tournament to play (logos on their clothing), as this would be a personal choice. But the usual host of big online poker site advertisements are not present this year. Most of the focus now is on the action, though the issue of Internet poker advertising crossing over into the WSOP may come up again prior to the Main Event.

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