Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom Leave Full Tilt Poker
Poker Pros Did Not Have Contracts Renewed
Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen, two of the worst performing players in the history of online poker, are no longer sponsored by online gambling site Full Tilt.
According to reports, their contracts were not renewed, which was speculated since a site redesign did not feature either of the poker pros, who were members of the site’s now-defunct “The Professionals.”
Tom Dwan was the third member of the group, but he left earlier this year.
Full Tilt (formerly Full Tilt Poker) was acquired by PokerStars’ parent company in 2012 and relaunched with just the three sponsored players, down from dozens and dozens that represented the site when it was under prior ownership. Rational Group, the owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt, was sold this past summer to Amaya Gaming Group, which is seeking to bring both platforms back to the U.S. in some capacity via a state regulated market (most likely New Jersey).
Card Player’s attempt to contact a spokesperson for Full Tilt/PokerStars went unreturned.
Hansen, down more than $20 million lifetime on Full Tilt’s software, and Blom, down roughly $3 million in his career on the site, are two of the most recognizable faces in the poker world. It has been speculated that the two could be moving over to represent PokerStars, but there has been nothing to confirm of deny that rumor at the present time.
Full Tilt not long ago began offering other casino games, which fuels the speculation that Blom and Hansen might be joining the roster of Team PokerStars Pros, which already includes the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst and Liv Boeree. Though, PokerStars has been trimming its list of pros. Recent departures include Joe Cada and Marcel Luske.
Blom was once a PokerStars sponsored player before moving over to Full Tilt.
PokerNews quoted an anonymous source at the company who said that Full Tilt is “moving away from pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players.” That would make sense if the focus for the site is going to be less on poker and more on other casino-style games. The domain name is, after all, FullTilt.com and the site makes it clear on its homepage that it doesn’t offer just poker.
It would appear that the two platforms will be more distinct from one other than ever before. Though, Full Tilt historically has offered bigger cash games than PokerStars.
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