Everest Poker WSOP sponsorship hailed a success

Voitto Rintala
Voitto Rintala made the most of his Everest Poker qualifier seat by making the final table of a WSOP event.

Everest Poker is hailing its inaugural year as a sponsor of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as a success after sending a record number of entrants to the events.

Through a multiyear agreement signed on March 5, 2008, with Harrah's Entertianment Inc., Everest Poker was able to provide satellite tournaments for its players to go to the 2008 World Series of Poker. Not only did the poker site host qualifiers for the Main Event, it also provided satellites to 28 side events.

"Being sponsor of the WSOP further underlines Everest Poker's weight as a key influencer of the poker industry," said Jennifer Joyce, Everest Poker chief marketing officer. "By making poker accessible to amateurs and experienced players from across the globe, we are changing the face of the poker industry."

The new alliance between Everest Poker and Harrah's helped the WSOP attract a record number of non-American players. In fact, players from 24 European countries attended this year's event. There was a 36% increase in the number of countries participating in the Main Event compared to last year, and four of the nine players at the final table are from outside the United States.

Everest Poker sent 130 players to the WSOP. Four of those players managed to make it to the money as well in various events.


In Event 52, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Voitto Rintalla turned his seat win from Everest Poker into a final-table finish. He came in in ninth place to win more than $57,000 to take back to Finland.

Scandinavia was also well-represented by Johan Slutter, from Enchlade, Netherlands, who managed to cash in two events. He came in 66th in a $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $8,855, and then made it to 603rd in the Main Event for another $23,160.

Team Everest also had a Japanese player, Wooka Kim, who made it into the money in the Main Event. He came in 530th for $25,090. However, the Everest Poker player who made it the deepest in the Main Event was Sylvain Coeur, from France.

Coeur made it as far as 140th before busting for a $41,816 payday. The Main Event was Coeur's first-ever live tournament, which he qualified for at Everest Poker.

Everest Poker also hosted a hospitality lounge at the WSOP this year. It was an exclusive area for press and poker players that included a fully equipped press corner for journalists to conduct interviews.

Between June 19 and July 12 Everest Poker welcomed 1,000 players to the lounge including Daniel Negreanu, Marcel Luske and Doyle Brunson.

The main part of the WSOP is now over, but Everest Poker is now building up to the Main Event finale that will take place in November. The nine players left in the Main Event have a break until Nov. 9 when they'll return to the Rio to finish the tournament.

For more information about what the poker site has to offer players, visit Everest Poker.

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