After staying out of the sponsored player wars for its entire existence, Party Poker is rapidly expanding “Team Party Poker” after the announcement of two more players to its roster.
Earlier this week, Party Poker announced that England’s Ian Frazer would join Party Poker ambassador and World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton as a sponsored player. At the time of Frazer’s announcement, Party Poker stated that there would be more players that would be added through the criteria of being VIP members of the site, frequent play and exceptional performance in tournaments. Yesterday brought the announcement that Brazil’s Felipe Ramos and France’s Remy Biechel had met those criteria and had accepted sponsorship deals from the site.
Ramos is one of the top young professional poker players in the game and is a popular and influential figure on the Latin American poker circuit. A VIP at Party Poker, he started playing professionally in January 2008 and has racked up more than $700,000 in winnings both online and offline. Last week he finished in sixth place in Event #35, the $5000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, at the World Series of Poker, winning $67,663. He will represent Party Poker in international tournaments and will also write his own blog for the site and offer video tutorials for Party Poker players.
“I am really looking forward to representing in Latin America”, said Felipe. “When I started playing poker online, it was with Party Poker. It is a site that will always be special to me. I stopped playing there for a while, but I came back as I love the software and new VIP program. I strongly feel that my association with the site is a natural fit. By signing a deal with them I also hope to get to a position where I can exploit opportunities to play in their big televised events worldwide.”
Biechel is a very popular figure on the French poker circuit and a Palladium Lounge member. He currently has earned over $840,000 in live tournament winnings and has cashed significantly in two big international side events. He won the €5000 side event at this year’s EPT Monte Carlo, taking home €280,000, and finished in second place in a side event at the 2008 WPT Festa Al Lago for $163,000. Biechel started playing at Party Poker in 2005 and has continued to show his skill in poker through play at the Aviation Club in Paris as well as other international venues.
“I am very happy to join the Party Poker team”, Biechel commented during the announcement. “I have played on Party Poker for many years and have significantly increased my play recently with the new software and new VIP programs. Easier multi-tabling and the new design got me hooked!”
“Poker is now big news in France and I turned down several offers from sponsors because I wanted to find a room that I felt comfortable with, that shared the same values”, Biechel continued. “Party Poker is one of the original players in the online poker world and I felt from the word ‘go’ that they wanted to set up a sound partnership.”
With the additions of Ramos and Biechel, “Team Party Poker” now stands at four players and encompasses several different nations. With Sexton (United States), Frazer (England), Ramos (Brazil) and Biechel (France), Party Poker is demonstrating the international nature of the game and capturing some of the top talent that exists today. More additions are yet to come, according to Party Poker officials, to what should be a significant force in the tournament poker world.

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