According to a recent agreement signed by Zokay Entertainment, which owns Global Poker Index, and the World Series of Poker (WSOP), Fantasy Poker Manager will become the WSOP’s official fantasy poker game for the following three years at least.
The most notable poker pros and famous celebrities are in the habit of meeting every summer at the WSOP to play a fantasy poker tournament, which has a buy-in of $25,000. Although watching the poker action from afar is quite interesting and entertainment, a large number of poker enthusiasts long to be part of the poker action every year.
Fantasy Poker Manager, an online fantasy poker application, was launched on Facebook in its beta form in Jan 2013. The app became very popular among Facebook users and soon attracted more than 20,000 users, including most of the top 300 poker players on the Global Poker Index.
Owing to the recent agreement, Zokay can hope to register more than 100,000 teams before the WSOP 2013 begins in the next two months. Shortly before the Zokay agreement was signed, Fantasy Poker Manager became the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) official fantasy poker game.
Alexandre Dreyfus, the chief executive officer of Zokay Entertainment, said, “It is an honor for us to be recognized as the exclusive fantasy game of the World Series of Poker. We plan to continue our investment into Fantasy Poker Manager to make sure that poker fans get the best fantasy poker experience possible and are completely entertained during this year’s WSOP.”
Ty Stewart, executive director of WSOP, has welcomed the new partnership. He said that the company is aware that several poker fans and WSOP enthusiasts are fond of fantasy poker games and now they have a Facebook fantasy poker app that enables them to compete with other poker players worldwide.
According to the terms of this agreement, which will remain valid for the next three years, GPI’s top-ranking 300 players will be granted special privileges and benefits during WSOP 2013. However, the exact nature of these privileges and benefits is not yet known.
Poker enthusiasts, who are too impatient to wait till the WSOP builds their fantasy poker team, can begin choosing their team right away for the WPT Barcelona Main Event, which is just round the corner. As soon as the WPT Barcelona Main Event begins, players will be in a position to choose their team for the WSOP Asia Pacific.