Darren Elias has become the first poker player to be signed by BetMGM and partypoker US. Elias will now represent the partypoker brand across both live poker and online poker tournaments in the United States.
Elias Will Start With WPT Borgata Promotion
His first assignment will be to promote the brand during the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open which runs in New Jersey from Sep 19-21. This is a great way for Elias to start with partypoker US as he is a resident of New Jersey.
Elias is the ideal candidate to promote the WPT as he has more WPT wins than any other poker player in history. His WPT accolades also include him having more WPT final table finishes than any other poker player and the record for the most ITM finishes.
The timing appears perfect for both partypoker US and Elias. His first WPT win came at the WPT Borgata Open back in 2014 and it seems right for him to start his sponsorship duties with the brand by promoting the WPT Borgata event.
Due to the COVID-19 situation in New Jersey, the Borgata will not host the live poker edition of the tournament but instead run an online version. Elias said he was happy to work with the brand and believes the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open will get a good response since so many live poker tournaments have been cancelled in recent months.
Elias said he hopes to bring in a number of top online poker players to the partypoker US network and reminded players to participate in the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open as they get the chance to win their first ever Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.
The WPT Online Borgata Poker Open comes with a $3,500 buy-in and a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. All players at partypoker NJ, Borgata Poker and BetMGM Poker must be physically present in New Jersey to be able to take part in this online poker event.
Those players who cannot afford the $3,500 buy-in can take advantage of the freerolls and satellite events that allow players to qualify for a fraction of the buy-in. The special freeroll tournament is giving away 10 seats to the Main Event.
Happy To Have Elias On Board
Poker players all over the world are keen on signing a sponsorship with a big brand. Elias was able to broker a deal with BetMGM and partypoker US with the help of Tom Wheaton who founded Above the Felt Entertainment.
Elias was happy with the new sponsorship deal and so was BetMGM. In a statement, Matthew Sunderland, Vice President of Gaming, BetMGM said “During his career, Darren Elias has been a strong advocate for the game of poker. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the partypoker US Network team and look forward to working together to elevate our brand and drive awareness for the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open and beyond.”
Elias started playing poker in 2008 and over the years has accumulated over $8.6 million in live tournament career prize money. He sits in 4th place on The Hendon Mob’s All Time Money list in New Jersey. He has also won over $8 million playing online poker. A lot his winnings have come through WPT title wins and cashouts.
His WPT wins include 2014 WPT Caribbean Open, 2014 Borgata Poker Open, 2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic and the 2018 WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic. Elias hasn’t had much success at the WPT during the last few years but is looking to change in 2021.

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