GGPoker Now Partners with Becker and Kings Casino
There is no better time than now for online poker sites to make big moves and enter into new partnerships. With much of the world still in some form of quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are turning to online gambling than in any time in recent memory.
It is time for online poker to shine.
GGPoker is doing that for itself, taking this opportunity to grow and shine. The flagship site of GGNetwork announced this week that it signed famed tennis pro Boris Becker as its latest ambassador. Further, GGPoker also partnered with King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
The partnerships come just after signing Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as an ambassador and becoming the host of the upcoming WSOP Super Circuit Online Series for players around the world.
Becker: The Latest Ambassador
When GGPoker signed Daniel Negreanu as its online poker ambassador in November of last year, the lineup of pros then consisted of two: Negreanu and high-stakes pro Bryn Kenney. Not long after, former member of Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos joined the group.
Last week, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier joined the team, a high-profile addition and yet another member of the former Team PokerStars.
Thanks everyone for the last 2 years. Excited to start this new challenge with the fastest growing poker site.
— ElkY (@elkypoker) April 16, 2020
His departure from the PokerStars roster had not been a wholly congenial one. Negreanu had been the face of PokerStars for 12 years prior to leaving in early 2019. His announcement about leaving the team wasn’t one fraught with emotion and sadness either.
Today, tennis legend Boris Becker announced his new role as a GGPoker ambassador. Notably, he had also been affiliated with PokerStars in the past.
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) April 22, 2020
Becker noted, “I am thrilled to work with GGPoker and King’s (Casino) and am looking forward to competing with players around the world on the very best poker platform.”
GGPoker Executive Jean-Christophe Antoine added, “Everyone is well aware of what a fierce competitor Boris is on the court, and I expect to see the same spirit when he hits the tables!”
King’s: A Land-Based Casino Partner
It is not all that common in poker to see an online poker site partner with a land-based casino or card room without doing so with a particular live tournament in mind.
GGPoker is doing things its own way. Today’s announcement from the company included just such a partnership with King’s Casino in Rozvadov. “As a GGPoker partner, King’s will be able to offer its players access to the best online poker games available on industry-leading software.”
Of course, King’s Casino is located in the Czech Republic, but it often relies on its proximity to Germany for promotions, tournaments, and players. Considering Becker is German, the three-way relationship with the casino, player, and poker site makes more sense.
King’s owner Leon Tsoukernik commented that GGPoker is the “most ambitious online operator right now.” He added, “Their software is incredibly innovative and evolutive, yet still convenient for amateur players, with many amazing and exclusive features. We are very excited with the support my friend and poker legend ElkY to combine forces with GGPoker.”
Obviously, Tsoukernik’s friendly with Grospellier and friendly interactions with Negreanu probably played a part in this deal.
And King’s is already promoting its proprietary freerolls on GGPoker.
Timing: Just Ahead of WSOP Circuit Online
King’s Casino was one of the venues around the world that suffered when the Czech government joined others in closing non-essential businesses and places that hosted public gatherings. The casino was right in the middle of hosting the WSOP Circuit events there for the international WSOPC tour when it was forced to close.
Last week, GGPoker announced the first-ever WSOP Super Circuit Online Series for international players. The details have yet to be revealed, but the series is likely to begin early in May and last approximately three weeks.
Becker is excited about it and plans to play in the events, obviously.
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) April 23, 2020
It looks as if GGPoker is putting this altogether rather quickly but doing it well, securing more ambassadors and partners around the world ahead of this first series with the WSOP.
The next week will likely deliver the actual Circuit schedule or more partnership announcements from GGPoker. Or both.
— GGPoker (@GGPoker) April 15, 2020