A Rush of Poker Player Signings

The economy is currently struggling in many parts of the world, but you’d never know it based on all of the recent poker signings that have been going on.  Several rooms have been very active over the past couple of weeks trying to sign as many top level players as they can in an effort to have the best of the best representing them.

Betfair Poker is the latest online poker room to join this wave of signings as they recently landed Danish pro Peter “Zupp” Jepsen.  Apparently, Betfair’s strategy in the race to secure talented and upcoming players is to find young and successful online players that have the potential to do well in the land-based tourneys as well.  This is evident from the other players they have such as online and land-based superstar Annette Obrestad.

Full Tilt Poker is another room that has been active now in signing players as they recently signed Denmark’s Soren Kongsgaard and Sweden’s Michael Tureniec.  As the second largest room in the world behind PokerStars, Full Tilt has lots of money to spend and they seem apt to do it by adding as much pro talent as possible in as many different regions as they can.  This was evident when they also signed Joao Barbosa of Portugal in an attempt to be the only room targeting the growing Portuguese market.

Of course Full Tilt isn’t the only place making moves since the biggest recent signing has to belong to Aced.com when they made a splash by signing Jamie Gold to their roster.   Gold has the largest tournament cash in history after winning the 2006 WSOP Main Event and remains a big name despite his lack of tourney success in the post-victory years.

With all of these recent poker signings, it will be interesting to see if the trend keeps up or if this is just a big rush that happened all at once.

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