Sponsorship deals are not easy to get in this day and age, but being a successful athlete helps – at least when it comes to signing a deal with the world’s largest poker site PokerStars. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Ronaldo and Marcus Hellner are all part of Team PokerStars Sport, and last week PokerStars announced a sponsorship deal with Olympic Snowboarder Zoe Gillings-Brier from Great Britain. Gillings-Brier has participated in three Winter Olympics so far, and she is preparing for her fourth appearance in South Korea in 2018.
Gillings-Brier made her debut at the poker tables at the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Isle of Man last week, where she played the Main Event and a charity tournament, taking 18th place out of 110 players in the latter.
Where Gillings-Brier is a novice at the poker tables, Canada’s Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier is definitely a seasoned poker pro. Mercier has more than $1,200,000 in live tournament earnings to her name, and her first score dates back to 2001. After being part of Team PokerStars (until 2009), Mercier joined Betclic, and just a couple of days ago it was announced that Mercier is the newest member of the world’s largest Open Face Chinese (OFC) poker site, TonyBet Poker.
Mercier has been hooked up on Open Face Chinese for some time now and says she has been playing it way more than No-Limit Hold’em or any other poker variant: My history with OFC goes a long way back, way before you could actually play it online. But it’s the new Pineapple Fantasyland variation that brought me back to OFC; therefore I naturally landed on Tonybet Poker. This new form of Open Face is so exciting and refreshing, this is what the poker world needed.”
If you want to learn more about the game that Mercier and other top pros have fallen in love with, check out Mercier’s two strategy articles on Open Face Chinese:
OFC Poker Basic and Counting Points and Royalties.
Photo: Isabelle Mercier (left) and Zoe Gillings-Brier.