British poker pro Patrick Leonard has signed a deal to become a PartyPoker ambassador. After signing his deal, an excited Leonard said that he can’t wait to help PartyPoker become the “best poker site in the world with the biggest guarantees and best structured tournaments.”
The Newcastle native is mainly known by his screen name ‘Pads1161’ since he’s won over $2 million in online poker tournaments. He’s also won $254,852 in live tournaments, with a career-high cash of $97,109 at the 2014 WPT Nottingham High Roller.
We should see Leonard in a lot more live tournaments because he’s going to be representing PartyPoker in tourneys around the world. In just over a month, he’ll be wearing the PartyPoker patch at the 2016 WSOP, which starts on May 31st.
It’s interesting that the 27-year-old has finally signed a sponsorship deal because he previously said that he didn’t want to give up his identity or opinions to shill for a poker site. But he likes what PartyPoker represents more than other companies in the industry and decided to ink this deal.
“At partypoker, they are actually doing progressive changes on a daily basis, but still have a long way to go until they really take over as the number one site in the world,” said Leonard. “I’m sure that I can help significantly and that motivates me a lot. I want to help make partypoker the best poker site in the world with the biggest guarantees and best structured tournaments.”
Once the world’s largest online poker room, PartyPoker is currently sixth in global cash traffic with 950 hourly players (according to PokerScout). They’ve hung steady in this spot while battling the likes of Bodog, iPoker and MPN. Perhaps with Leonard’s enthusiasm/representation, they can continue climbing and reaching for more player traffic.