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WSOP extends ‘exclusive provider’ partnership with 888poker

Ty Stewart, WSOP
Ty Stewart

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has extended its contract with 888poker, which will see the online brand become the exclusive provider of online qualifier satellites and promotions for the poker series.

WSOP works with 888poker to provide players with entry opportunities to its tournaments, and made the announcement alongside confirmation of its 2017 schedule.

Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director, is delighted that a two-year extension has been added to the current contract, and said that the shared vision and love of poker facilitates a natural partnership between the two brands.

The partnership deal includes 888poker being the exclusive telecast partner for the series. Kara Scott, an ambassador for 888poker, will also be serving as anchor during the ESPN coverage alongside Norman Chad and Lon McEachern.

The two companies began working together in 2015, with 888poker sending 128 players to the WSOP that year. In 2016, the brand took this further by sending 250.

888poker will remain the only way that poker players who are located outside the United States can qualify for the WSOP online. US based players can now compete to earn a seat to major events including Colossus III, with qualifiers currently running in Nevada.