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PartyPoker Adds Kara Scott to Roster, Prepares for New WPT Season

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PartyPoker recently announced the addition of a well-known poker name to its line-up of sponsored pros, as professional player and television host Kara Scott joined “Team Party.” The last major announcement came in 2009 when Mike Sexton rejoined the team and assumed the role of host, consultant, and ambassador. Scott now rounds out a team that also consists of Ian Frazer, Stewart Scott, Remy Biechel, Felipe Ramos, and Bodo Sbrzesny.

Scott has been a fixture in the poker world for many years, as her several-year stint as the on-camera host of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) garnered much praise for her intelligent interviews and knowledge of poker. But it wasn’t until 2008 that she began to play the game seriously herself, and a win at the PartyPoker Sports Stars Challenge early in that year caught the eyes of many in the industry. But it was a second place finish at the 2009 Irish Open Main Event that received much praise, in addition to the $413K that came with the accomplishment. And the United States got its first dose of Scott with her deep run in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, where she finished in 58th place as one of the last women standing in the biggest tournament in the world.

The Alberta, Canada native lived in the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009, at which point she moved to California with pro poker player Brian Townsend. Her ties to PartyPoker are few and far between and include the aforementioned PartyPoker tournament win, but she also served as a host for the PartyPoker World Open V in London. Her sponsorship deal with the company will give her the opportunity for more television opportunities, such as the PartyPoker Premier League, as well as seats at the poker tables in the Canadian Poker Tour and others around the world.

Scott commented, “It is fantastic to have signed a deal to join Team Party. It works perfectly for me as I get the opportunity to further improve my game on the live circuit as well as carrying on presenting. I’m so excited about the future.”

She also noted on her first blog post on the PartyPoker website that “it feels very natural to be signing with them to play more live tournaments with them behind me… I’ve been very lucky so far in my poker career to get some good results and I’m hoping that with work and application to the game, I can improve my skills and show my appreciation to PartyPoker for their fantastic support for me!”

And a representative for PartyPoker added, “Kara is a great signing and we are really looking forward to working with her. She has historic links with PartyPoker.com after taking down the Sports Stars Challenge III and we have been super impressed by her progress since then. As well as being a great presenter, Kara is also a fantastic player with great results and the potential to go even further. We are excited about this new relationship.”

The move to add Scott to the lineup was a multi-faceted move by PartyPoker, as they not only acquired a player with great potential but a presenter for their television productions. And it is no coincidence that PartyGaming recently acquired the World Poker Tour, which already boasts of Sexton as one of its commentators and has been without an official female hostess for several years. With Scott on the team, it could mean that her face could appear on camera as the WPT gears up for Season 9 to begin in the summer of 2010. No such announcement has been made, as Season 8 is still playing out as planned through its championship event in April, but changes could come as soon as May of 2010.

PartyPoker also looks to grow outside of Europe, where it continues to maintain a stronghold on the poker industry. Starting in Canada, where poker is still in a growth period, PartyPoker hopes to see Scott at the tables of various live poker events. In addition, the company remains poised to make a reentry into the United States market should pro-gaming legislation pass Congress in 2010 or 2011. After having made peace with the U.S. government in 2009 by paying a sizable fine for offering online poker in America in past years, PartyPoker has cleared its name with the Department of Justice and likely plans to provide its services to American players should the door be opened.

It will not be surprising to see more moves from PartyPoker that indicate its willingness and enthusiasm for gaining a wider range of customers around the world, especially once again in the United States.

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