What do NASCAR and Poker have in common? They both have long suffered a bad reputation of sorts. NASCAR, for many years was looked down on as just a "redneck" sport. Poker was frowned on as yet another game for lowly, degenerate gamblers to indulge in.
Poker has emerged out of the back rooms of dark, dusty bars to become a recognized game of skill and huge profits. NASCAR has shed its image as the favorite sport of the south, mainly watched by good old boys named Bubba whooping the Rebel Yell as their favorite driver took the lead.
Gone are the days when participants/fans were reluctant to admit their enthusiasm for either "sport" to family or friends for fear of being looked upon as a degenerate gambler or redneck.
How things have changed from years ago. Largely due to corporate sponsors and extensive television coverage, poker and NASCAR are now in millions of living rooms around the world. Both poker and NASCAR have finally made it to the mainstream of acceptable and respectable sporting events. Because of this new respectability of both sports, you are as likely to see a doctor or lawyer sitting across from you at a poker table as you are to see them at a cup race or the ballet.
NASCAR drivers are not newcomers to the poker world. SPEED-TV has televised the Las Vegas charity games that Tony Stewart, Elliot Sadler and Dale Earnhardt Jr., have played in. And what poker player/NASCAR fan hasn't dreamed of wrangling an invite to the poker games that the drivers host in their beautiful Motor Coaches that are parked on the infield on race day? Now, thanks to Power Play Development Corp. and its parent company, Poker Creations-Victory Lane Players Club NASCAR/poker fans can come close to having their wish come true.
Now NASCAR and poker fans can play poker online against their favorite NASCAR drivers such as Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Elliott Sadler. Although play is free, a $20 subscription/membership has special privileges such as access to a special VLP club where members can meet drivers at special club events and receive advance notice when the drivers are online playing. To make the experience more fun, members can choose their own character (avatar) from the VLP Club library while playing for points that are used to win NASCAR merchandise, autographs and tickets to Nextel Cup Races.
"Our online poker site is the first to give NASCAR fans this kind of access to some of the top names in the sport" says Bruce McMeikan, chief executive of VLP Club.
Tony Stewart said, "We wanted to give the fans a completely new and unique experience that they can't get anywhere else."
Don't be surprised to see the Nextel Poker Cup soon as you hear "Gentlemen Start Your Engines and Shuffle Up and Deal!"