The recently formed Team Party Poker gained a new member this week when the online poker site signed former Aussie Millions champ Stewart Scott to be the latest addition to their grassroots team. The 37 year-old chef turned poker player hails from Australia and is the first Aussie to join the already internationally diverse team.
Team Party Poker already consists of American World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton, Ian Frazer of Britain, Frenchman Remy Beichel, Felipe “Mojave” Ramos of Brazil and German Bodo Srbzesny, who joined the team in August. Scott now becomes the sixth player from the 4th continent and sixth country to join the team, which aims to highlight players with longstanding ties to the popular online poker site.
Scott has been a longtime member of Party Poker’s Palladium Lounge, the VIP club on the site that rewards regular players for their time and dedication to Party Poker. Scott emphasized his fondness for the site in the official press release announcing his new sponsorship deal. “It’s great to put pen to paper and sign-up to represent – it’s always been my site of choice”, he explained. “I am looking forward to defending my Aussie Millions title in January and am even more excited that I will be doing this as an ambassador for with a large team of online qualifers!”
In January of this year Scott became the first Aussie to ever win the popular Aussie Millions event. He netted US$1,865,724 for the win and joined an impressive list of former winners that includes Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen and Russian high stakes online pro Alex Kostritsyn. Another Aussie, John Maver, won the Australian Poker Championships in 2002, but Scott is the first native player to do so since the tournament was rebranded as the Aussie Millions.
Scott debuted his new Party Poker patches at the PokerNews Cup in Melbourne, Australia earlier this week and he will continue to wear the company brand at major events in the future. In addition to promoting Party Poker while playing in major poker tournaments, Scott will also embark on a tour of Australia to promote the site in tandem with his series of popular “Stewart Scott Invitational” events. According to Scott’s official website, the events are designed to feature and promote top card players who hail from South Australia.
A spokesman for Party Poker offered his thoughts on Scott’s signing in the official press release as well. “We are delighted to have signed up Stewart as a brand ambassador leading up to the 2010 Aussie Millions”, he stated. “As well as being a loyal customer, Stewart is a popular member of the Australian poker community and we look forward to working together.”
Though Scott made an early exit from the PokerNews Cup, busting out on Day 1, he will have many more opportunities to prove his poker prowess, including defending his Aussie Millions title at the start of 2010.

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