888Poker, the world’s second largest online poker room, revealed on Monday that it will be the official sponsor of the 2016 World Series of Poker set to kick off in May.
The deal, an extension of the one signed in 2015, further highlights how 888Poker has gone from strength-to-strength, allowing their players a route to Vegas via their online satellite program.
The WSOP website will display 888 branding and promotional materials, a live updates page and ESPN coverage of the event.
Last week, the WSOP released what they called ‘the most ambitious and diverse schedule in 47-years’ with 69 bracelet events due to take place.
Many had already anticipated 888’s involvement with the event when a not too cryptic clue was released. Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed), with a guaranteed first prize of $888,888.
Professional poker player, Kara Scott, recently became the new ambassador of 888Poker, and has quickly become a mainstay at the WSOP in her role as the anchor for the coverage by ESPN.
As part of the 2015 agreement, 888Poker also sponsored the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Berlin.
According to the most recent shuffling of the WSOP deck, 2016 should be the year that they return to the Southern Hemisphere for the second World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP-APAC). However, it has been rumored that this won’t happen.
During the press release of the 2016 WSOP schedule, mention was made of the Big One for One Drop event being held in 2016, but not as part of the summer extravaganza in Las Vegas. The most sensible option would be a second successive WSOPE with the $1m buy-in event taking centre stage.