Many online poker sites add and drop players with a reasonable amount of frequency, but it is more noticeable with sites that maintain a small but visible roster, like Bodog. At one point, Bodog Poker boasted of such names as David Williams, Evelyn Ng, Jean-Robert Bellande, and Justin Bonomo, but the latter two were dropped in late 2009/early 2010, and now Williams has been dropped from the site’s list of players. Remaining are Ng and a new online pro named Amanda Musumeci.
Williams did reach a point in his career that produced few results. From June of 2007 to April of 2010, there were no tournament wins recorded, though he did make the occasional final table, for example he finished in fourth place at the WSOP Shootout event in 2009. But Bodog had faith in its most well-known pro, that was until its decision to drop Williams just after he won the World Poker Tour World Championship in April of 2010.
The partnership with Bodog seemed to be in full force at the WPT final table, and upon the victory, Bodog posted a message on its blog giving accolades “from his friends, family, and everyone at Team Bodog Poker.” His win was a strong one, as the WPT Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in tournament poker, and the first place prize was a solid $1,530,537. But within days of the victory, Williams was gone from the Bodog site and no longer listed as a sponsored pro. No word from Bodog or Williams accompanied the change.
Speaking of the Bodog site and its Team Bodog page, a new face appeared recently to accompany Evelyn Ng. Amanda Musumeci has joined the team, and a press release and blog post bragged about the addition. The 25-year old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now living in Las Vegas, played online at the Bodog site as “Manderbutt” and built a small bankroll into more than $200,000, which resulted in Musumeci being awarded a one-year contract as a Bodog pro player.
According to the Bodog website, Musumeci started playing sit n go tournaments before moving up to multi-table tournaments, where she garnered some victories. But it wasn’t her accomplishments alone that warranted the contract. “So was it her charm, her poker skills or her perseverance that lead [sic] her to the Bodog Poker Pro team?” the site asked. “Well, it was all of the above - as well as an impressive bid on Bodog’s Facebook page that made her stand out from the rest and bring home an opportunity of a lifetime.” She will now be playing under the online moniker “BodogMander.”
Musumeci commented, “When Bodog showed a genuine interest in me, I was ecstatic. I’ve spent most of my online poker career playing at Bodog.com, and getting the chance to play as a pro for my favorite room was the opportunity of a lifetime.”