Posts Tagged ‘888Poker’

Georges St-Pierre enters Poker World

Friday, April 6th, 2012

While seeing mixed martial arts stars in the poker world isn’t anything new, seeing a star like Georges St-Pierre sign a 12-month poker contract is a pretty big deal. St-Pierre inked the deal with 888poker, and he’ll be representing them in major live events such as the World Series of Poker.

The 30-year-old fighter is currently resting and rehabbing a knee injury, and won’t be entering the ring for a while anyways. So this opportunity with 888 comes at the perfect time.

After signing on to represent 888, the UFC Welterweight title holder said, “I have wanted to play poker for a while now as it is a great game of skill. It is not just your cards versus my cards – it is you versus your opponent.” He continued by discussing how his efforts on the poker table will go a long way towards generating money for anti-bullying causes.

If you can believe it, the Canadian was once bullied as a kid growing up in St. Isadore, Quebec. It was this terrible experience that convinced him to take up martial arts, which, as we know today, helped turn St-Pierre into one of the greatest MMA fighters the world has ever seen.

In fact, Georges St-Pierre is at the top of many pound-for-pound rankings, which compare all MMA competitors, assuming they were the same weight. His career record is 22-2, which is extremely impressive considering the fact that he only fights top-notch competition these days.

Of course, it’s unlikely that St-Pierre’s grappling and striking skills will translate well over to the felt. But it would be nice to see the champion fighter improve his poker skills over the next few months, and rack up some nice cashes.

Poker Sites aligning with Casinos

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

One of the most interesting trends that’s developing in poker right now is all of the online poker sites that are aligning with casinos to create websites. 888Poker and Caesars Entertainment were the first two major companies to form a pact, and this deal will see 888 and Caesars eventually running a website when/if online poker is regulated in the US. In addition to this pact, PokerStars recently made a deal with the Wynn, while Full Tilt Poker is said to be working with Station Casinos on a potential site.

What’s interesting about all of these sudden alliances is that land-based casinos were vehemently opposed to internet poker in the early and mid-2000’s. So why the change of heart now?

As you probably guessed, it’s not because land-based casino owners are suddenly more interested in playing online poker themselves. Instead, it all has to do with money since land-based casinos suddenly see the light, and are willing to embrace internet poker rather than fighting against it.

Besides realizing they can earn all kinds of extra revenue with online poker, other benefits of joining the online poker craze for land-based casinos is that they can funnel lots of new visitors to their poker events. For example, a new site between 888Poker and Caesars can run lots of promotions that would bring players to Caesars’ tournaments. Suddenly, their dinky WSOP Circuit events would attract a lot of new potential players.

Of course, this all hinges on whether or not online poker is ever legalized within the US. After all, these deals between online poker rooms and land-based casinos are merely writing on paper until the UIGEA gets lifted. And for the first time in a while, land-based casinos are on board with the rest of us in hoping that this actually happens.