The darling of Scottish poker, Niall Farrell, joins new esports venture No Limit Gaming when the entire world (me) thought he would end up at party or 888.
With estimates suggesting that the global esports market could top the $1.6 billion mark by 2021, is it little wonder that everyone wants a piece of that unbuttered toast.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has told players to expect North American final tables to be played out at the Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor, using the venue created by their parent company Ourgame International Holdings.
ESP Gaming built something similar at the ARIA.
PokerStars created Power Up.
Then we lost the Global Poker League (GPL) as we know it, with Alex Dreyfus realising that the golden egg isn’t coming out of the arse of a golden goose owned by a poker company.
And now this.
Leafing through the world of Twitter looking for something to write about, I came across a tweet from a brand called No Limit Gaming advertising Niall Farrell as the latest member of a pretty impressive looking team.
If you are partial to a spot of tea, toast and Lee Davy’s spewings, then you’ll know I have been banging on about Farrell’s sponsored future for some time now.
If not, let me fill you in.
When partypoker began their scattergun hiring approach, they made sure they covered every corner of the UK except Scotland. Farrell is the most successful Scot of all time; an online crusher, and one of only eight people to ever win the live Triple Crown.
He was the perfect fit.
But he never made the move.
Then Chris Moorman partnered with him for the 888Poker 8-Team Promotion at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and it all made sense. Farrell didn’t join partypoker because he was joining 888Poker.
Only he didn’t join 888Poker.
I began to think I was losing my touch when it came to reading people’s minds and predicting things.
But now it makes total sense.
Farrell has been holding out for something better, and it’s arrived in the shape of No Limit Gaming (NLG).
I Don’t Know Much About History, Don’t Know Much About NLG
I have some good news and some bad news.
First the bad news.
I don’t know much about NLG.
The good news is, the founder, and high stakes crusher, Stefan Schillhabel, has agreed to an interview in the coming days.
Now, back to that bad news.
Here’s what I know.
I am a little behind on the times. It seems Schillhabel and his buddies have been talking about NLG for a few weeks now, with Fedor Holz, Steffen Sontheimer and Rainer Kempe all wearing patches during the One Drop.
Representing NLG Team Poker:
Not bad uh.
And the most exciting aspect of this whole thing is the move into esports, as explained on the company splash page.
Each one of us fought our way to the top of the poker world to make a dream come true:
Support ourselves by doing what we love.
On this journey, we learned what it takes to rise to the top and how to stay competitive at the highest levels. With the experience and knowledge, we gained along the way we will form and train teams in the world of esports.
The interview will arrive with your tea & toast in the next few days.