Partypoker has signed former PokerStars employees Johnny Lodden and Thomas Udness as the online poker room looks to make a splash in the Nordic market.
Partypoker is setting sail for the Nordic markets and they have hired a couple of pirates to show them the way.
Norwegian star, Johnny Lodden, is the latest professional poker player to join the partypoker payroll after signing a deal to be their figurehead in the Nordic market.
— partypoker (@partypoker) April 5, 2017
Isn’t he a PokerStars Sponsored Pro?
Well, I thought so.
Lodden signed for PokerStars in 2009, and spent eight years with the company before parting ways in February of this year, a divorce that I didn’t notice, and judging from a quick Google search, neither did most of the other peeps who get paid to type all day.
During his time with PokerStars, Lodden earned over $2.6m playing live tournaments, including holding the record for the most European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event cashes with 22.
Talking about his decision to take his incredible talent on the partypoker LIVE circuit, Lodden, said that the appointment of EPT creator, John Duthie, as President of partypoker LIVE was a big reason.
And There’s More
Lodden will work alongside Thomas Udness who has been hired to grow the partypoker brand in the Nordic market. It’s because of the efforts of Udness that poker is now legal in Norway, and he was a big force behind the two Norwegian Championships of Poker that have been held in Norway since the regulators and government saw sense.
It’s not the first time that Udness and Lodden has worked together. PokerStars signed Udness to represent the brand in the Norwegian, Icelandic and Finnish markets in Sep 2008. He left to start a media production company called Adlers Gate AS in 2016.
Lodden to Debut in partypoker MILLIONS
The first time you will see Lodden wearing the partypoker patch will be at the forthcoming partypoker MILLIONS in Dusk till Dawn (DTD), Nottingham April 16 – 23. The tournament carries a £6m Guaranteed prize pool with £1m Guaranteed for the winner.
Confirmed players for the MILLIONS event include the recent Irish Open winner Griffin Benger, super Dad Luke Schwartz, and the former professional footballer Anthony Gardner.
What a Christmas Party
When will it end?
The signing of Lodden takes partypoker’s ambassadorial roster to a 14 players.
The Uk & Ireland
Jan-Peter Jachtmann (Germany)
Beata Jambrik (Hungary)
Johnny Lodden (Norway)
The United States