888Poker has announced plans to sponsor the World Series of Poker until the 2018 season with the offer of a two-year extension, and Loni Harwood wins gold ring number 3 at a World Series of Poker Circuit event in Florida.
888Poker continues to grow their brand recognition on a global level by announcing a partnership with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for the third successive year.
The online poker behemoth will be the exclusive provider for WSOP online satellite qualifiers and promos, and the team at 888Poker believe this year they will send more players than ever before.
When the two forces entwined in 2015, 888Poker sent 128 players to the WSOP. One of them, Tommy Yates, who qualified online at 888Poker for a cent, walked away from Vegas with $19,500 in his back pocket. Yates finished 486/6,420 in the WSOP Main Event won by the 888Poker sponsored pro for the day Joe McKeehen.
Last year, 888Poker sent more than 250 players including November Niners Fernando Pons and Griffin Benger. The Spaniard, Pons, qualified for the event for €30, and had never before visited Las Vegas before finishing ninth for $1m. Benger, a former PocketFives World #1, finished seventh for $1.2m.
As part of the deal, 888Poker will act as the exclusive telecast partner with images of the WSOP flying into the homes of 300 million people living in 84 countries.
888Poker Ambassador, Kara Scott, will also play a vital role in the WSOP as the anchor for the ESPN coverage alongside stalwarts Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.
And this isn’t another one night stand.
888Poker will be in a relationship until the end of the 2018 event with an additional two-year option.
Loni Harwood Wins More WSOP Gold
At this rate, Loni Harwood is going to have more bling than a gangsta rapper.
Harwood won her third World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring after defeating 1,117 entrants in Event #2: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida. She defeated A. J. Kelsall in heads-up action to win the first prize of $61,156. It’s her fourth cash of 2017, including a 3/1509 finish at the WPTDeepStacks Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Florida.
— WSOP (@WSOP) February 13, 2017
Harwood has also made five WSOP final tables, winning two bracelets including the 2015 WSOP National Championship.
Final Table Results
- Loni Harwood – $61,156
- A. J. Kelsall – $37,772.
- Alex Nguyen – $28,068
- Keith LaBarrie – $21,111
- Frank Muir – $16,075
- Lawrence Paden – $12,385
- John Depersio – $9,654
- Robert Georato – $7,610
- Debra Dorcy – $6,065
- Sergio Rivera – $4,889.