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Ciaran O'Leary signs on as Paddy Power's first pro
O'Leary, of Seattle, Washington, has cashed in four notable poker tournaments. Thus far, the pinnacle of his poker career has been winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in Event 3 in 2007, a win worth more than $727,000 in cash as well.
It wasn't O'Leary's first time to the big dance, but it was his first cash and win in a WSOP event. He told PokerListings in an interview after his win that he'd been to the last seven or eight out of 10 World Series.
When asked how he felt about finally getting that win, O'Leary said, "Very tired, but I feel fantastic. It's been really something - I've got my friends, I've got the cameras in my face, everybody wants to talk to me, I've got an amazing bracelet on my hand and I just beat out as tough a field as you're going to take on. So I feel fantastic."
He added that he was very humbled as well.
"I know the game still has a lot to teach me, so I look forward to it," O'Leary said.
He'll be getting some of that teaching at Paddy Power Poker now as his sponsored site. Not only will he be representing the site at various poker events around the world, he'll be playing online and blogging about his poker experiences.
The Irish poker site is excited to have signed on the Ireland-born pro.
"I have never been so excited to 'get into bed' with another man," said Paddy Power, Paddy Power Poker communications manager.
"Ciaran is the perfect choice to act as the face of PaddyPowerPoker.com; he is one of Ireland's best players, he is popular on and off the tables and he is always up for a bit of fun - just like us!"
When asked about his thoughts on the new sponsorship deal, O'Leary was brimming with positive things to say.
"I'm thrilled to have signed with PaddyPowerPoker.com and to have the opportunity to represent them live and online," said O'Leary.
"To be honest, signing with Paddy Power Poker made the most sense to me; they're a company after my own heart. Not only is the poker software and range of games top notch, but they're known as the most fun and friendly room around; I wouldn't be involved with anything less!"
Paddy Power Poker is known to hold qualifiers for many of the top online poker tournaments. Now, on top of a seat into the event, winning a Paddy Power qualifier will give you a chance to play with their new ambassador in one of the many events he'll be present at.
The poker site currently has several different WSOP packages players can win, and it is also running qualifiers for seats in the Asian Poker Tour event in Macau.
For more information about all the promotions the poker site has to offer, visit Paddy Power Poker.