Posts Tagged ‘Bodog Poker’

Bodog Poker re-signs Jay Tan

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

After finishing seventh in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event and earning US$158,355, it’s pretty clear that Jay Tan is one of poker’s rising female players. That said, Bodog Poker figured that it was a no-brainer to re-sign her for another year.

Tan was quite happy about the contract extension as she said, “Becoming a sponsored player has always been a dream and to do so well in my first year was an unexpected bonus. I feel very at home with Bodog and look forward to carrying on where I left off.”

Bodog Network President Jonas Odman also looks forward to continuing his company’s relationship with Tan. “Jay has had a great year and is a natural in front of the camera as well as at the felt,” Odman said. “She is an integral part of the ongoing Bodog Poker story, which has seen us create the only network made in Asia with the emerging Asian player in mind. We are thrilled to have her back on board for another year and hope she can light up the WSOP in the same way she did the Aussie Millions.”

Like Odman alluded to, Bodog has been reaching out to the Asian community more often in recent years. And having poker players like Jay Tan on board is a critical part of this operation.

After all, Tan has especially become well known around the Macau poker scene, where she’s collected a number of tournament cashes. She took fifth place in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event, which earned her a US$40,622 score. The Hong Kong native also placed second in an APT Macau NL Hold’em tourney, which resulted in a $12,559 cash.

Tan has collected $252,707 in tournament winnings in her three-year career – with $164,676 of this amount coming within the first three months of 2013!

Amanda Musumeci, Claudia Crawford 2011 WSOP Main Event Darlings

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Every year, there are a couple of women who battle for the title of “Last Woman Standing” in the WSOP Main Event. And this year, Amanda Musumeci and Claudia Crawford are both making strong runs at being the last woman standing in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.¬†After five days of play with 174 players left, Crawford is in the best position at 46th with over 2.1 million chips, while Musumeci is 87th with 985,000 chips.

Obviously Crawford has the strongest chance to be the last woman standing; however, anything can happen in the Main Event, which means Musumeci could also make a move.

Regardless of what happens, both women are already winners since they’ve gained lots of publicity by making it this far. For Crawford, who only had nine small cashes in her career, making it into the final 200 players of the Main Event means that she’s finally a recognized face. And seeing as how she’s attractive, this Main Event run could lead to a big sponsorship deal for Crawford.

For Musumeci, her strong Main Event play has finally earned her a live poker tournament cash. Before this year’s Main Event, she was primarily known for online poker tournaments, which doesn’t usually land people sponsorship deals. This being said, there was outcry when Bodog Poker signed Musumeci to a big deal since men with similar stats (over $700k in online winnings) probably wouldn’t get the same opportunity.

On the other hand, Bodog has always exemplified the playboy image of owner Calvin Ayre, and they often bring plenty of women to commercial events such as Poker in the Park. In any case, this Main Event cash further legitimizes Musumeci’s career.

Questionable Bodog Poker Signings

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

One thing that I’ve been noticing a lot in the online poker world is some questionable signings. And what I mean by this is people who don’t necessarily show all of the merits that a typical signed player should.

The prime suspect in this discussion is Bodog Poker, which has dumped all of its male pros like David Williams and Josh Arieh in favor of an all-female contingent of Amanda Musumeci, Tatjana Pasalic and Evelyn Ng. Now I do have to say that Ng has been with the company for a while, having cashed for a respectable $377,191. However, not a whole lot of people get signed to a major poker room with $377k in winnings, and the sultry Asian went nearly two years between 2008 and 2010 without any cash at all.

Of course, this is better than Musumeci, who has zero live cashes. Fortunately, there is some merit with signing the Pennsylvania native since she has over $770k in online tournament cashes. But once again, your average, chubby male grinder doesn’t get signed by a site like Bodog with $770k in online cashes. No, they’d have to be an attractive younger woman to swing this deal.

Last up on this list is Tatjana Pasalic, who has virtually no poker experience away from her reporting and presenting duties. Pasalic has less than $6,000 in live cashes, which doesn’t really qualify as much more than a good poker TV host. Even fellow hostess Kara Scott has a nice playing career with $561,603 in live cashes.

Now all of this isn’t to say that Bodog and other rooms shouldn’t be signing attractive female players because it not only appeals to red-blooded males, but also encourages other women to get into poker. But trying to turn your stable of pros into a swimsuit calendar isn’t exactly the most respectable thing to do.