Top Poker Rooms let go of sponsored prosA surprising turn of events has taken place in the poker industry. Absolute Poker and UB have announced they have canceled sponsorships they have with poker players. A total of ten poker players have been cut from Team UB and Absolute Poker.
The poker pros were released from their contracts and many of the players were released from their contracts via e-mail. Absolute Poker let go of Trishelle Cannatella while UB let go of Eric Baldwin, Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, Tiffany Michelle, Scott Ian, Brandon Cantu, Maria Ho, Dave Stann, Bryan Devonshire and Adam Levy.
Blanca Games is the parent company of both UB and Absolute Poker and they are located in Antigua. After the incident of Black Friday, the parent company announced that they needed to restructure their operations as well as downsize and apparently sponsored pros in the US were the target. Blanca Games released an announcement on the subject which stated:
“This was a difficult task for Blanca’s management, and we are very disappointed that we have been compelled to sever ties with our sponsored pros…we regret that we are no longer in a position to partner with our sponsored pros, or to provide them with a source of income for playing the game that they love.”
Many of the pros have released statements of their own on the subject of their release. Some were angered by the released and decided to take their anger out on the Department of Justice. Others remained more composed such as Joe Sebok who stated:
“It was obvious that, regardless of what direction things went, that sponsored players in the USA were going to be unnecessary, or certainly far less necessary. It was pretty obvious, at least in my mind, that we would be let go.”
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